A claim to the use of a known compound for a particular purpose should be interpreted as a functional technical feature

IPPT19891211, EBA-EPO, Mobil Oil - Friction reducing additive

Patent Law - New use of a known compound: A claim to the use of a known compound for a particular purpose, which is based on a technical effect which is described in the patent, should be interpreted as including that technical effect as a functional technical feature, and is accordingly not open to objection under …

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ECJ on the compatibility of franchise agreements for the distribution of goods with competition law

IPPT19860128, ECJ, Pronuptia

The compatibility of franchise agreements for the distribution of goods with competition law (article 85(1) EEC Treaty) depends on the provisions contained in such agreements: provisions which are essential in order to avoid the risk that know-how and assistance might benefit competitors do not constitute restrictions …

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The inventor of a "first medical indication" can obtain purposelimited product protection

IPPT19841205, EBA-EPO, EISAI - Second medical indication

Patent Law - Second medical indication – novelty – Swiss type claim: the inventor of a "first medical indication" can obtain purposelimited product protection for a known substance or composition, without having to restrict himself to the substance or composition when in a form technically adapted to a specified …

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Court of Justice on freedom to provide services in the context of film screening rights

IPPT19800318, ECJ, Coditel v Cine Vog

Copyright - The provisions of the Treaty relating to the freedom to provide services do not preclude an assignee of the performing right in a film in a Member State from relying upon his right to prohibit the exhibition of that film in that State, without his authority, by means of cable diffusion in the film so …

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