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ViCo, Yes or No?

First Enlarged Board of Appeal Referral of 2021 In the first accepted referral of 2021,…

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PATENTING DIGITAL & SOFTWARE INVENTIONS IN EUROPE

It is generally known that patenting digital and software inventions can be difficult in a…

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BREXIT – Applications for Customs Action (AFAs)

An application for customs action (also known as an “Application for Action” or “AFA”) is…

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GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS – IMPACT OF BREXIT

The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Amongst the IP rights that will…

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UNREGISTERED DESIGNS AND BREXIT

The UK has left the European Union and is currently in a transition period which…

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Impact of Brexit on Trade Mark Rights and Ongoing Proceedings

The transition to the UK’s exit from the EU is due to end on 31 December…

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BREXIT UPDATE – RENEWAL FEES

After the end of the transition period, EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) and Designs (RCDs), including…

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Priority at the EPO

AT THE EPO, THE “ALL APPLICANTS APPROACH” TO PRIORITY TRUMPS US LAW ON INVENTORSHIP The…

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BACK TO BASICS | DO YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOUR INVENTION?

Lack of clarity of ownership or an inability to demonstrate chain of title can cause…

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CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUYING AND SELLING IP

A survey and searches are considered essential before buying a house; in the same way,…

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SUFFICIENCY AND PLAUSIBILITY IN EUROPE

In our recent webinar we discussed whether you need data to file a patent application…

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An introduction to the Patent Classification System

Intellectual Property offices use classification systems to classify inventions into technology areas. Here we explain…

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How to obtain a granted patent quickly

The patent system is renowned for being slow and it can take several years before…

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Plant Sciences Patents – an Update

In this update we consider recent developments in the plant field. We look at Enlarged…

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EU AND UK REGISTERED DESIGNS – HINTS AND TIPS

Guidance on requirements and options to be considered before filing a UK or EU design.…

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BACK TO BASICS | UK TRADE MARK OPPOSITION PROCEEDINGS

Opposition term A UK trade mark application (or UK designation of an international registration) may…

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EPO HINTS AND TIPS: DEVICE CLAIMS

European Patent Office (EPO) examiners have an approach to assessing device (or apparatus) claims that…

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PATENTABILITY IN THE LIFE SCIENCES IN EUROPE

The applicable law for the grant of a European patent via the EPO is the European…

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Back to Basics | Plant Variety Protection in Europe

European patent law specifically excludes plant varieties from patent protection. Protection for plant varieties is…

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RENEWAL FEE DEADLINE DEFERRAL AT THE EPO

POSSIBILITY OF DEFERRING RENEWAL FEE PAYMENT WITHOUT INCURRING ADDITIONAL FEES In response to the disruption…

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BACK TO BASICS | PATENT PRIORITY

An introduction to patent priority. We explore the nature of priority rights, how they can…

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Back to Basics – Trade mark Classification

UNDERSTANDING WHAT A REGISTERED TRADE MARK COVERS AND WHY YOU SHOULD THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE…

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EBA SAYS NO TO PATENTING PLANTS AND ANIMALS

ACCORDING TO G3/19, PLANTS AND ANIMALS OBTAINED BY ESSENTIALLY BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES ARE NOT PATENTABLE The Enlarged…

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BACK TO BASICS | WHAT MAKES UP A PATENT SPECIFICATION?

WHERE TO START WHEN READING A PATENT SPECIFICATION OR REVIEWING A SPECIFICATION PREPARED FOR YOUR…

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BACK TO BASICS | TRADE MARK SEARCHING

LAUNCHING A NEW BRAND? WHY SEARCHING FOR THIRD PARTY RIGHTS FIRST IS CRUCIAL. Prior to…

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IP Audits

Uncover Your Hidden Assets with a Government Funded IP Audit

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BACK TO BASICS | PATENTS

Patentability, why and when to patent.

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BACK TO BASICS | INTRODUCTION TO DESIGNS

Design rights protect the appearance of a product, and can be a valuable asset in…

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EXTENSION OF DEADLINES ON IP CASES IN VIEW OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Provisions in place for extension of deadlines at the European Patent Office, as well as…

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BACK TO BASICS | TRADE MARKS

Here we provide guidance on the types of brands that can be registered and how…

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NO UK IN UPC

THE UK WILL NOT BE INVOLVED IN THE EU’S UNIFIED PATENT COURT On 27th February 2020,…

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Getting Priority right – a summary

The ability of a party filing a patent application to “claim priority” from the filing…

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SPCs and Combination Products

The UK Court of Appeal applies the CJEU decision to Gilead’s Truvada Supplementary Protection Certificate.…

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BREAKING NEWS – European Priority Law Maintained at EPO Board of Appeal CRISPR Hearing

Members of our Life Sciences team have been at the European Patent Office (EPO) in…

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UKIPO Says No to NOSECCO

The UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected a trade mark application for a bottle label…

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BREXIT | WHERE ARE WE NOW?

After more than 40 years’ membership, the UK has now formally left the European Union.…

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Ice and a slice?

This week, we’re in London for the AIPPI conference. Corinna Hiscox takes a look at…

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All due care required! Professional representatives beware…

A recent decision by the European Patent Office’s Legal Board of Appeal (J 5/18) is…

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Three stripes and you’re out

The General Court of the European Union has, this week, upheld the EUIPO’s decision to…

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Patents or trade secrets?

Innovation quickly leads to the question of how best to protect the intellectual property generated.…

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When is an innovation patentable?

Where research is being done, innovation often follows. And in many instances, it may be…

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We say tomato

The patentability of the plant products of essentially biological processes (again…). The Enlarged Board of…

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SPC Manufacturing Waiver

In the European Economic Area, it is possible to extend the duration of protection of…

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All about the networking

INTA Day 5: we’re going online. Over the last five days of INTA’s 141st Annual…

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In the know

INTA Day 4: we go up to Harvard and MIT. To coincide with the five…

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TIME FOR A BEER?

INTA Day 3: Make mine a Sam Adams. To coincide with the five days of…

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Ring, ring!

INTA Day 2: pick up the phone! INTA calling. To coincide with the five days…

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RED SOX DO DAMAGE ON THE FIELD AND AT THE USPTO

INTA Day 1: we wander down to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.…

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NEITHER HAAR NOR THERE

It’s already looking like a busy year for the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, but…

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LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION? I SHOULD COCO

Chanel has successfully pursued an opposition at the UK Intellectual Property Office on the basis…

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