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Too big to pay - Has Shanks v Unilever changed the way the courts interpret ‘outstanding benefit’?

October 24 2019 On 23 October 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment on whether Professor Ian Shanks is entitled to compensation under section 40 of the…

Second medical uses at the EPO

May 28 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of investigating the use of known medications for the treatment of new diseases. Given the long…

Accelerated prosecution of European patent applications - PACE

June 24 2019 Accelerating the prosecution of a patent application can be useful. The grant of a patent can be critical in terms of its value with regards to…

AI Meets IP: The patent challenge

October 1 2018 In the coming decades, machine learning is likely to be the primary driving force behind a Cambrian explosion of applications in robotics and…

EPO toughens stance on post-filed data

August 22 2017 An EPO Board of Appeal left the pharmaceutical sector much to ponder in February this year when it confirmed an earlier EPO Opposition Division’s…

News on plausibility at the EPO: G2/21 Oral Proceedings

November 25 2022 Oral Proceedings for G2/21 were held on 24 November 2022 before the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) to discuss plausibility and the admissibility of…

ViCo is go at the EPO

November 23 2022 Following significant positive feedback in their recent user survey, the EPO has confirmed that even after the current emergency/pilot period, video…

European software patentability: Zooming back in

November 15 2022 We’ve taken you on a journey through the history of software patents in Europe, through the lens of pop culture. In Part I taking place in 1977, we…

Deposits of biological material at the EPO: steps to take at PCT filing

November 14 2022 Although there have been no recent changes to how biological deposits are dealt with at the EPO, it is always useful to have a reminder of the…

Drinking, dining & disruption: the revolutionaries in the Food & Drink industry - Hampton Court Gin

November 7 2022 In days gone by, the Food & Drink sector was fairly static. The shelves were filled with heritage brands, many going back decades, and things changed…