Former CITMA President Kate O’Rourke to head our European trade mark services
11 Mar 2019
We are delighted to announce that Kate O’Rourke will join the firm on 1 April 2019.
Can the EPO hold oral proceedings in Haar without infringing a party’s right to be heard? A new referral to the Enlarged Board raises this question.
06 Mar 2019
The right to be heard under Article 113(1) EPC requires that parties involved in proceedings before the EPO have the right to present their arguments at.
Bioinformatics Inventions: Patenting challenges at the interface of computer and life sciences
27 Feb 2019
We are entering an age of precision medicine, with patients receiving tailored treatments, selected and sometimes even specifically designed for their.
How to patent AI technology at the EPO
26 Feb 2019
Once only a figment of the imagination in literature such as Mark Shelley’s Frankenstein, artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI, is now realised.
Self-driving vehicles: what do consumers think (and want)?
25 Feb 2019
As a survey of 25,000 consumers in 20 countries, and a study that has been conducted annually over the past ten years, the Deloitte Global Automotive.
Is your interest legitimate? New referral to the EBOA on double patenting
22 Feb 2019
EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.01 is referring a number of questions regarding double patenting to the Enlarged Board of Appeal. The answers may force.
Building an IP portfolio: Nine tips for success
15 Feb 2019
Companies need to think carefully about how they protect, manage and leverage the various intellectual property (IP) assets across their business..
Plant related inventions: clarity at last?
06 Feb 2019
As we reported previously, EPO Technical Board of Appeal 3304 recently ruled that a controversial prohibition at the EPO against the grant of patents for.
Fighting cancer with CAR-T therapies
04 Feb 2019
Commercialising genomic research in the US: tips for obtaining patent protection
30 Jan 2019
The field of genomics has seen incredible advances over the past few decades. Technological developments coupled with decreasing costs have fuelled this.
China - a key player in the global precision medicine race
30 Jan 2019
With a growing economy, and a large, ageing population, China is attracting attention from global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. China’s home.
Autonomous driving: the IP twists and turns
28 Jan 2019
Autonomous driving (AD) is on everyone’s lips when it comes to the next big thing in the automotive industry, especially as it is nowadays regularly.
Medicinal cannabis: recent changes and future innovations
25 Jan 2019
Government policy on the prescription of cannabis-derived medicines has undergone some interesting and important changes over the past few months, both in.
Autonomous vehicles - the race to innovate
22 Jan 2019
The future of the automotive sector will be fundamentally different from its past. Electric vehicles (EVs) are disrupting the rule of the internal.
Brexit: draft withdrawal agreement rejected
16 Jan 2019
Despite the continued uncertainty caused by the rejection of the draft withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament on the evening of 15 January 2019,.
Blockchain: the next patent boom
13 Dec 2018
Precision medicine: ethics, regulation and patent law
13 Dec 2018
New genomic and proteomic analysis technologies allow for diagnosis and prognosis of patients with greater accuracy than ever before. Indeed, due to the.
Future mobility: the new direction of transport
11 Dec 2018
Massive social, economic and technology trends are converging to change mobility - how we move things from point A to point B, be they people, goods or.
Plant related inventions: the saga continues
10 Dec 2018
We may be approaching the end of the year, but the saga of patents for plant related inventions at the EPO continues to develop. The Administrative.
Patent protection: five tips for biotech start-ups
10 Dec 2018
Early-stage biotech companies are often founded based on the exciting results of pre-clinical research relating to a new product or treatment. However,.