Products

New German Appointment Service and Supply Act: Implications for investors in the dental industry

Eda Zhuleku

On 14 March 2019, the German Parliament (Bundestag) adopted the German Appointment Service and Supply Act (Terminservice- und Versorgungsgesetz; TSVG), which will come into force in May 2019, as the German Federal Council (Bundesrat) did not veto the law. During the legislative process, it was feared that the Act would have significant impact on the Read More

More’s the Pity – Rules on Distinctiveness

David Stone

A recent General Court decision emphasises the difficulty of registering slogans as trade marks, including for specialised medical devices. Medrobotics Corp had applied for registration of SEE MORE. REACH MORE. TREAT MORE. as an EU trade mark (Medrobotics v EUIPO T-555/18) in relation to articulated arms and probes for medical diagnostic and surgical use. Medrobotics’ Read More

UK High Court orders pre-action delivery up of samples for infringement testing and considers use in other jurisdictions

Rafi Allos

In Boehringer Ingelheim v Generics,* the English High Court ordered the rarely-used remedy of pre-action inspection of property, for the purpose of allowing experiments needed to assess patent infringement. The case provides a useful reminder of the powers of the Court in this area, as well as providing a reference as to how the Court Read More

New Belgian Royal Decree liberalises the distribution of medical devices

Kaat Van Delm

On 7 February 2019, the Royal Decree on the liberalisation of the distribution channel of medical devices became applicable (published in the Belgian Official Journal on 28 January 2019). The Royal Decree revokes certain articles in existing Royal Decrees relating to medical devices and two Ministerial Decrees implementing those articles, all of which restricted the Read More

Dutch antitrust watchdog publishes additional notification requirements for healthcare mergers

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has published a new method of analysing product markets in merger investigations with respect to specialised medical care. In this context, the ACM requires merging hospitals and independent treatment centres to provide more detailed information in their merger notifications to the ACM. The starting point for the Read More