EPO searching national prior rights to assist applicants for the unitary patent

07 November 2022
The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that, from 01 September 2022, Examining Divisions will conduct systematic “top-up” searches for…
Sean McCann
Sean McCann
Technical Assistant
EPO searching national prior rights to assist applicants for the unitary patent

UK AI & IP consultation: analysis of the UK Government response

24 October 2022
The UK Government has issued its response to a consultation recently conducted into artificial intelligence (AI) and intellectual property (IP).…
Henry Davies Doug Ealey Jennifer O'Farrell
Henry Davies, Doug Ealey & Jennifer O'Farrell
Technical Assistant, Partner, Patent Attorney, Partner, Patent Attorney
UK AI & IP consultation: analysis of the UK Government response

UP & UPC: Rules of Procedure, implementation roadmap & new website launch

24 October 2022
On 06 October 2022, the Unified Patent Court preparatory team shared a UPC implementation roadmap (shown below). According to this…
Rachel Bateman Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Rachel Bateman & Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney, Partner, Patent Attorney
UP & UPC: Rules of Procedure, implementation roadmap & new website launch

Digital transformation of the EPO: legal changes and new online services

24 October 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated moves towards digitalised working practices at the European Patent Office (EPO). Most prominent perhaps,…
Leon Harrington
Leon Harrington
Technical Assistant
Digital transformation of the EPO: legal changes and new online services

Examination of AI inventions at the UKIPO: certainty at last?

24 October 2022
In 2021 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) invited comments from industry and the legal profession on the relationship between…
Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Partner, Patent Attorney
Examination of AI inventions at the UKIPO: certainty at last?

EPO Guidelines for Examination: adaptation of the description to the claims

24 October 2022
In March 2022 the European Patent Office (EPO) updated its Guidelines for Examination. This included additional detail relating to the…
Gemma Seabright William Smith
Gemma Seabright & William Smith
Technical Assistant, Technical Assistant
EPO Guidelines for Examination: adaptation of the description to the claims

G2/21: Enlarged Board of Appeal issues a communication ahead of appeal proceedings

24 October 2022
In 2021 we reported on the referral of three questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA), in G2/21. These…
Jessica Steven-Fountain
Jessica Steven-Fountain
Patent Attorney
G2/21: Enlarged Board of Appeal issues a communication ahead of appeal proceedings

Chinese patent rights: first CNIPA administrative adjudications on patent infringement

24 October 2022
The “China Patent Law 2020” and “Measures for Administrative Adjudication of Major Patent Infringement Disputes” (the measures), both came into…
Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee
Associate, Patent Attorney
Chinese patent rights: first CNIPA administrative adjudications on patent infringement

Unified Patent Court (UPC) judges announced and UPC Presidium elected

20 October 2022
On 19 October 2022, the Administrative Committee of the UPC announced the list of 85 UPC judges, comprising 34 legally…
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney
Unified Patent Court (UPC) judges announced and UPC Presidium elected

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