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By Jean-Charles Grégoire
Colour can be useful in marketing a product. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) provide protection for colour in a design.
By Kirsten Coetzee
The "average consumer" is deemed to be reasonably well informed and reasonably circumspect and observant, but rarely has the chance to make direct comparisons between...
By George Lucas
The European Patent Office (EPO) has stayed all examination and opposition proceedings relating to plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes...
By Merlin Cooper
Complaints to the EPO are dealt with by a central EPO department known as DQS, which is also solely responsible for drafting and sending the official EPO response to the complainant.
By Edwin Wong
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) recently released its 2016 IP Canada Report summarizing developments and trends in intellectual property filings in Canada...
By Mathias Dormann
Seldom does a Patent Office policy manual get trimmed, but this is what the Canadian Patent Office laudably did earlier this year to a section of the Manual of Patent Office Practice...
By Hannah Buckley, Stuart Lumsden
When drafting a patent specification, it is crucial to consider where it may eventually be filed and prosecuted globally.
By Thomas Prock
Products created using additive manufacturing techniques may not be covered by patents drafted with traditional manufacturing techniques in mind.
By Jack Kenny, Michael Shaw
They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but for trade mark owners who find themselves the subject of a parody, it may be hard to find the compliment.
By Angus Fairbairn
Whilst SPC applications are examined and granted nationally by the patent offices of individual EU member states, SPCs in the member states, including the UK...
By Monique Chu
China appears determined to become the world leader in the various high-tech sectors through a record number of patent filing figures according to WIPO's...
By Christian Balcer
In T 416/12, the Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO) considered the admissibility of amendments submitted by the patent proprietor made 29 days before the date of oral proceedings.
By Julian Asquith
Following a referral to the EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal relating to the issue of so-called "poisonous divisionals", it appears that such problems will no longer trouble applicants.
By Graham Burnett-Hall
In a welcome but, to many, surprising development, the UK Government has confirmed that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. Once the UK ratifies...
By Jade Powell
In T 2129/14, the EPO Boards of Appeal applied the exception to the prohibition of reformatio in peius established in G 1/99 to allow the patentee, as respondent, to make an amendment...