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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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Christmas Closure Dates

Our office will be closed 24th, 25th, 28th, 31st December and 1st January and we will be operating a…

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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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Breaking news – UK representation needed post-Brexit

The UKIPO has today published a reply to the recent consultation on representation for UK…

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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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CAROL GREAVES

ANNOUNCEMENT AND PERSONAL REFLECTION FROM RHIANNON TURNER It is with great sadness that we announce…

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We’re delighted to have been recommended again this year by The Legal 500. They had 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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WEBINAR – Do I need data to file a patent application?

UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU ARE READY TO START THE PATENT PROCESS 22nd June, 3pm BST This…

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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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Webinar – Do I need data to file a patent application?

Understand when you are ready to start the patent process, particularly for chemistry / life…

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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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To patent or not to patent?

Getting it right in chemistry and life sciences This free webinar, offered in conjunction with…

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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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To Patent or Not to Patent?

Do you create or manage IP and innovation in the life sciences or chemistry fields?…

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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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SPACEtalks.biz

Leigh-Anne Thomas is off to London to SPACEtalks.biz – The Interstellar Business ConfEx on Thursday…

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Benchtop to Business

Want to hear more about the highs and lows of commercialising new technology from entrepreneurs…

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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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Healthcare Innovation Awards

We are really pleased to be supporting Medilink South West with their Healthcare Innovation Networking…

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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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Business Legal Masterclass

We’re really excited to be working with Sarah Cook, Come Network With Me, and Temple…

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Women in Innovation: Building Success

Victoria Randall is looking forward to attending Knowledge Transfer Network’s Building Success event on Tuesday…

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BioSeed 2020

We’re really pleased to continue supporting OBN (UK) Ltd in 2020. Jakob Bumke will be…

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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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