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By Simon Haslam
The European Patent Office has a reputation for being very strict when assessing whether an amendment has basis in the application as filed
By Matthew Fletcher
The inclusion of a disclaimer, where subject matter is carved out from the scope of a patent claim by means of a negative feature is not explicitly allowed for in the European Patent Convention (EPC).
By Matthew Fletcher
On 1 February 2017 the Board of Appeal of the EPO upheld the revocation of Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) patent for anti-cancer drug dasatinib due to a lack of inventive step.
By Tim Hewson
The Unified Patent Court, Unitary Patent and Brexit all present IP holders with challenges and opportunities. Proper planning will help in overcoming the challenges and exploiting the opportunities presented.
By Rebecca Atkins
In March 2016 we reported on the various changes to the European Union Trade Mark Regulation, many of which came into force on 23 March 2016.
By Rebecca Atkins
In March 2016 we reported on the various changes to the European Union Trade Mark Regulation, many of which came into force on 23 March 2016.
By Simon Bentley
At the moment, no-one can be certain about the effect of Brexit on trade marks or the transitional arrangements that will be put in place.
By Jim Pearson
Jim Pearson spent a week in Turkey recently and couldn't resist taking some photos of the local shop signs. Some were, in his opinion, playful – possibly harmless – takes on some well-known brands:
By Paul Brady
The question of whether something that falls outside the literal wording of a patent claim is nevertheless an infringement, is one that the courts have had to consider on numerous occasions.
By Sarah Phillips, James Ford
At first glance, perhaps not – patents afford a 20 year monopoly, but the regulatory approval processes surrounding new build are lengthy and necessitate early disclosure.
By Simon Haslam
The European Patent Office (EPO) is making significant inroads into its notorious patent examination and opposition backlogs.
By Rebecca Atkins
Last week the Court of Appeal issued its decision in the long running dispute between Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. and Cadbury UK Ltd...
By Matthew Fletcher
A final stage in the successful prosecution of European patent applications is the issuance by the European Patent Office (EPO) of a Notice of Allowance Communication under Rule 71(3) EPC.
By Jim Denness
The UK has now given formal notice to the EU under Art 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon of its intention to leave the EU.
By Rebecca Atkins
The UK government has not yet invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (this is likely to happen by the end of March), and the UK's actual exit from the European Union is at least two years away.