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Important change in the recording of an assignment at the EPO

September 22 2016 With immediate effect, the European Patent Office will now only record an assignment of rights in a European patent application or European patent if…

UK High Court confirms that dosage regimen patents can be considered inventive

August 26 2016 Tadalafil is a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor marketed by Eli Lilly under the brand name Cialis® for the treatment of erectile dysfunction…

EPO Board of Appeal advises how to determine technical subject matter for assessing inventive step

January 15 2018 Computer implemented inventions, such as computer software, can be easy to copy but time-consuming to develop. Therefore, companies and developers are…

A tale of two flag poles - unauthorised use of Amazon product codes deemed infringement and passing off

July 28 2017 The claimants in the case were Jadebay Limited and Noa and Nani Limited trading as The Discount Outlet. The defendant was Clarke-Coles Limited…

G1/16 - Enlarged Board of Appeal confirms EPO practice on undisclosed disclaimers

February 7 2018 Those familiar with European patent practice will be aware of the strict European approach to “added subject-matter” under Article 123(2) EPC. Under…

Oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office

October 31 2022 This chapter discusses the streamlined opposition procedure of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the general trend of the Boards of Appeal towards…

Oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office

January 6 2022 This chapter discusses the streamlined opposition procedure of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the general trend of the Boards of Appeal towards…

Insights: Update on EU patent protection and Brexit

September 27 2018 There is no “one size fits all” approach to Brexit. We recommend discussing strategies with your usual advisor. Only a few areas of UK patent law…

Insights: Update on EU design protection and Brexit

September 26 2018 There is no "one size fits all" approach to Brexit. We recommend discussing strategies with your usual advisor. With a possible Brexit date of 29…