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AA Thornton | United Kingdom, OECD | 6 Jun 2016

Changes to the UK Patent Box - 30 June deadline

The UK is one of a number of countries that offers a 'Patent Box' scheme. This is an incentive that is built into the tax system, to encourage


AA Thornton | Mexico, Singapore, Canada, etc. | 9 Feb 2015

Continuing expansion of the ‘Patent Prosecution Highway’

The European Patent Office (EPO) has entered into a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot agreement with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office


AA Thornton | Norway, European Union | 5 Feb 2015

Cost savings now available, following Norway’s accession to the London Agreement

The London Agreement aims at reducing translation costs of European patents, and EPC states that have ratified or acceded to the London Agreement


AA Thornton | USA | 23 Dec 2014

USPTO publishes guidance on patent eligibility

On 16 December 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published updated interim guidance (view here) for examiners to determine patent


AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 16 Dec 2014

Software-controlled “circumvention” of a problem fails to impress UK Court of Appeal

The UK Court of Appeal has dismissed a software-controlled remote data retrieval solution as lacking a patentable technical contribution, commenting


AA Thornton | Germany | 8 Jul 2013

German proposal to limit software patenting

The German national Parliament has made a recommendation to the German Federal Government to limit patentability of computer programs to only those


AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 7 Feb 2013

Patenting will significantly reduce tax burden for many UK companies

From 1 April 2013 onwards, the cost of patenting will be outweighed by patent-related tax savings for many UK companies. By electing into a new

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