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Case of the Day: Akebia Therapeutics v. Fibrogen

The case of the day is Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. v. Fibrogen, Inc. (9th Cir. 2015). Fibrogen, a San Francisco biotech company, owns European and Japanese patents on the use of certain chemical compounds to treat anemia. Akeiba, a competitor, brought opposition proceedings in the European Patent Office and the Japanese Patent Office, asserting that the patents are invalid. Akeiba brought an application under § 1782 seeking leave to serve subpoenas for documents and testimony on Fibrogen. The judge granted the application ex parte, and Fibrogen appealed.
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The EU Comes Closer To Approving COCA

Letters Blogatory contributor Pietro Franzina has noted the recent decision of the EU justice ministers approving the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. According to the EU press release, there are a few steps left to take, but it seems that eventually the European Parliament will approve the COCA and it will then enter into force for Europe.
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The Choice of Court Agreement Convention On The Verge

Friend of Letters Blogatory Pietro Franzina reports that the European Commission has adopted a proposal for the ratification of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements by the EU. Under Article 31, two ratifications are necessary for the Convention to come into force, and Mexico has already ratified it, so assuming the Council accepts the proposal, the Convention is on the verge of finally coming into force.
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