Top Tips for Patenting Antibodies in Europe

Rebecca Tollervey

Rebecca Tollervey
11 Nov 2019

Antibody development is a mature field of technology.  There are relatively few new targets, and the engineering of antibodies is becoming ever more.

EPO Bioinformatics Roadshow

Camille Terfve

Camille Terfve
30 Oct 2019

There is still a relatively prevalent view in the field of bioinformatics and medical informatics that software-based inventions are not patentable at.

Employing CRISPR to expose ‘hiding’ cancer cells to immunotherapy

Foteini Tzakoniati

Foteini Tzakoniati
25 Oct 2019

Immunotherapy employs the patient’s immune system against cancer.  There are various types of immunotherapy including adoptive cell therapy, cancer.

Renewable energy – huge potential for biofuel innovation

Thomas Driver

Thomas Driver
23 Oct 2019

It has been widely reported in the media recently that we need to do more to address the way in which we are affecting the environment. The burning of.

Controlling genes – the new field of epitranscriptomics

Nick Sutcliffe

Nick Sutcliffe
21 Oct 2019

The human genome contains roughly 20,000 genes that encode proteins. In order for the cells and tissues of a human to function properly, the expression.

T cell engagers - dark horses of immunotherapy

Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory
26 Sep 2019

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology has attracted a lot of attention and investment in recent years, but the potential of T cell Engager.

Obtaining patent protection for fermentation processes and products – the European perspective

Tanis Keirstead

Tanis Keirstead
19 Sep 2019

Fermented foods have been known for millennia and form an important part of many national cuisines. Initially used primarily to preserve foods and.

Food of the future – regulating and protecting gene-edited crops

Simon Kremer

Simon Kremer
11 Sep 2019

A recent episode of the BBC World Service’s excellent series “50 Things that made the modern economy” (now up to ‘thing’ 75) concerned plant breeding.

DIY biology dilemma – regulating biohacking

Camille Terfve

Camille Terfve
04 Sep 2019

Science kits may have inspired generations of children to become scientists, and those grown up children might be surprised that there may be cause for.

Shifting treatments: cancer as a manageable disease

Nick Sutcliffe

Nick Sutcliffe
29 Aug 2019

As new treatments drive a shift towards treating cancer as a manageable disease we are seeing greater collaboration across the life sciences sector.  

Patentable subject matter in bioinformatics - USPTO’s January 2019 guidance

Camille Terfve

Camille Terfve
15 Aug 2019

In this article, Paul Liu and Ashley Barton from Duane Morris LLP provided some interesting thoughts about ways to obtain US patents in the field of.

Challenges Post­ Selex

Richard Clegg

Richard Clegg
13 Aug 2019

Twenty­-five years ago Tuerk and Gold reported the Selex method. Being the first European patent attorney to prosecute patents relating to.

The rise of predictive medicine

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
05 Aug 2019

Thanks to significant advances in genetics, we are not only getting better at diagnosing disease, but also at predicting disease. Predictive medicine.

Cultured meat - food for thought

Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory
23 Jul 2019

Cultured meat is rapidly emerging alongside plant-and microorganism-based alternative meat products as a future ‘clean meat’.  It is made by growing.

New Rules of Procedure at the Boards of Appeal – what does this mean for patentees and opponents?

Emily Hayes

Emily Hayes
09 Jul 2019

Revised Rules of Procedure at the Boards of Appeal have been approved by The Administrative Council of the EPO. The Rules will come into force on 1.

Gender medicine – deriving novelty from treating women?

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
26 Jun 2019

When you hear the term “gender medicine”, what comes to mind? For many people, the term is associated with reproductive health issues, such as.

Singapore biotech start-ups: the importance of patent protection

Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory
21 Jun 2019

Singapore’s biotech industry plays a key role in shaping the country’s future economy. This is largely thanks to an initiative launched in 2000 aimed.

Tips from the top: inspiring women in technology

Anna Mudge

Anna Mudge
19 Jun 2019

You may be surprised to hear that only 17% of those working in Technology in the UK are female. With this figure in mind, it’s important that others.

EU approves first gene therapy for patients with a mild form of β-Thalassemia

Frances Salisbury

Frances Salisbury
04 Jun 2019

Exciting news in the personalised medicine space – the EU has just approved the first gene therapy for patients with a mild form of β-Thalassemia. .

Precision therapeutics for the precision medicine era

Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory
17 May 2019

In recent years we have seen dramatic advances in our understanding of the intricate and dynamic relationships that underpin our immune responses. This.