UP & UPC: start of the sunrise period delayed

05 December 2022
With only weeks to go before the foreseen start of the sunrise period on 01 January 2023, the Unified Patent…
David Al-Khalili
David Al-Khalili
Associate, Patent Attorney
UP & UPC: start of the sunrise period delayed

Pros and cons of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court

24 November 2022
Rachel Bateman Doug Ealey Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Rachel Bateman, Doug Ealey & Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Partner, Patent Attorney, Partner, Patent Attorney, Associate, Patent Attorney
Pros and cons of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court

R&D tax relief changes…out comes the spirit level!

24 November 2022
Following the recent budget from the UK Government, levelling changes are set to occur which will affect the R&D tax…
William Burrell
William Burrell
Partner, Patent Attorney
R&D tax relief changes…out comes the spirit level!

EPO and UPC sign data exchange agreement

23 November 2022
The Presidents of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Unified Patent Court’s (UPC’s) Court of Appeal have signed an…
Matthew Gallon Leon Harrington
Matthew Gallon & Leon Harrington
Technical Assistant, Technical Assistant
EPO and UPC sign data exchange agreement

All EPO examination and opposition oral proceedings to be held by videoconference

23 November 2022
On the 22 November 2022, the EPO published a decision of the President of the EPO that all oral proceedings…
Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
All EPO examination and opposition oral proceedings to be held by videoconference

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

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