Patent Dispute Forum Shopping in the European Union...But Will It Last?

Patent Dispute Forum Shopping in the European Union...But Will It Last?

To date, no single European community patent exists that is enforceable throughout the EU’s twenty-seven member states.  While the idea of a Community Patent dates back to the 1960's,[1] the European Patent Office (EPO) still can only grant a collection of national patents throughout Europe.  The improperly titled[2] European patent is misleading as it only provides national protection in member states that are party to the European Patent Convention (EPC). This protection is by no means uniform amongst member states and even though the EPO grants a "European" patent, the rights that are conferred are by no means European.

Real Estate Investment in the Czech Republic: Legal Framework & Business Entity Options

Real Estate Investment in the Czech Republic: Legal Framework & Business Entity Options

As a hub of commercial, cultural, and tourist activity, Europe has traditionally attracted foreign investors. For the American investor seeking a favorable investment return, the Czech Republic has become an appealing option in the heart of Europe. This article examines the legal framework which governs the Czech real estate market.