The UK budget introduces a “patent box” with a ring-fenced low tax rate for certain patent income. In addition changes are made with regard to R&D expenses for SMEs.
The former Community Patent is now the EU Patent but is it any closer to reality? After almost 40 years senior Commission official thinks it is “dead in the water“. Barnier and Belgium vow to press on with the project. Look out for legislation and opinion of the CJEU towards the end of the year. Is it a case of good-cop/bad-cop. More balanced view from IPEG.
IP meets competition after Microsoft: Good review of possible Commission plans to introduce legislation mandating software interoperability in certain circumstances. Timely in light of recent complaint against SAP.
Commission launches consultation on net neutrality. Context of Digital Agenda.
China has a plan.