Coronavirus: IP offices in Europe – changed practice

21 Mai 2020
As a response to the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, intellectual property offices in Europe have implemented special measures to…
Coronavirus: IP offices in Europe – changed practice

Covid-19: EPO extends opposition period for European patents

21 Mai 2020
Up to nine months after publication of the mention that a European patent has been granted anyone may give the…
Nathaniel Wand
Nathaniel Wand
Technical Assistant
Covid-19: EPO extends opposition period for European patents

G 3/19: plants produced by essentially biological processes not patentable

19 Mai 2020
The Enlarged Board of Appeal has recently handed down its highly anticipated decision regarding the allowability of product and product-by-process…
Tom Pagdin Emma Hamilton
Tom Pagdin & Emma Hamilton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney, Associate, Patent Attorney
G 3/19: plants produced by essentially biological processes not patentable

Patentability of Covid-19 smartphone apps at the EPO

07 Mai 2020
The new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has caused immense suffering and has led to restrictions on modern life not seen since…
Arun Roy
Arun Roy
Patent Attorney
Patentability of Covid-19 smartphone apps at the EPO

Supporting Covid-19 innovation: WIPO’s new search facility for PATENTSCOPE

04 Mai 2020
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new search facility within its global patent database PATENTSCOPE which will…
Joanne Jennings
Joanne Jennings
Senior Technical Searcher
Supporting Covid-19 innovation: WIPO’s new search facility for PATENTSCOPE

On the trail of confidential information

24 April 2020
In a recent decision HHJ Hacon has considered the interplay between the equitable duty of confidence under English law and…
Anna Reid Agnieszka Stephenson
Anna Reid & Agnieszka Stephenson
Partner, Solicitor, Legal Assistant
On the trail of confidential information

Conversant v Apple: old tech, new tricks

23 April 2020
Good user interface (UI) design for digital devices can be very valuable. This has generally been recognised by the patent…
Arun Roy
Arun Roy
Patent Attorney
Conversant v Apple: old tech, new tricks

T 2277/19: approval of the wrong text has no cause of action

23 April 2020
Those familiar with the European Patent Office’s approach to patent applications will be familiar with the procedure under Rule 71(3)…
David Meldrum
David Meldrum
Partner, Patent Attorney
T 2277/19: approval of the wrong text has no cause of action

Execution of documents remotely and electronic signatures

22 April 2020
With large numbers of IP lawyers, attorneys and clients currently working remotely, one question which arises is how documents which…
Anna Reid Alice Berkeley
Anna Reid & Alice Berkeley
Partner, Solicitor, Associate, Solicitor
Execution of documents remotely and electronic signatures

Video conferencing in oral proceedings at the EPO

03 April 2020
Although oral proceedings before the examining division by video conference have been permitted by the European Patent Office (EPO) since…
Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Partner, Patent Attorney
Video conferencing in oral proceedings at the EPO

Eli Lilly and Co v Genentech Inc: issue estoppel and abuse of process in patent cases

25 März 2020
The Patents Court of England & Wales has a number of tools available to it to prevent the re-litigation of…
Antony Craggs
Antony Craggs
Partner, Solicitor
Eli Lilly and Co v Genentech Inc: issue estoppel and abuse of process in patent cases

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