Pan-European preliminary injunctions in patent infringement proceedings
The Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s highest court in charge of interpreting harmonised laws among the 27 member states, has set the scene for a new option in patent infringement proceedings in Europe. In the decision Solvay v. Honeywell Companies (Case C-616/10), the court has confirmed that national courts in Europe are not prevented by European legislation from granting pan-European preliminary injunctions.
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