Medical devices

BREAKING: Commission seeks to postpone implementation of EU Medical Device Regulation in light of Covid-19 crisis

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Today, on 25 March 2020, the Commission announced that “The Commission is working on a proposal to postpone the entry into force of the new Medical Device Regulation for one year. We are working hard to submit this proposal early April and we call on Parliament and on Council to adopt it quickly, as the Read More

Germany lifts Covid-19 prompted export ban for personal protective equipment

Eda Zhuleku

Today the German Government lifted the export ban for personal protective equipment, including protective masks, that had been instated by the general decree (Allgemeinverfügung) dated 4 March 2020 as amended on 12 March 2020. The purpose of the export ban (to both EU and non-EU countries) was to secure the supply of personal protective equipment in Read More

France takes concrete actions to ensure continued supply and good use of health products in the context of Covid-19

Jeanne Fabre

In the context of Covid-19, the French government took some immediate actions to ensure the supply and price limits of healthcare products (such as masks and hydro-alcoholic products) to healthcare professionals and health facilities in need and to ensure the good use of some medicinal products (see our previous blog post: “EU takes measures to Read More

EU takes measures to regulate distribution of medical supplies in response to Covid-19

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 15 March 2020, Ursula Von Der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, announced a variety of measures regarding the export of medical supplies outside and within the European Union in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A new export authorisation scheme was put in place on 14 March to impose a prior governmental export Read More

CJEU confirms that trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications

David Stone

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer software” cannot be invalidated on the basis that they are imprecise or contrary to public policy. In addition, a trade mark Read More