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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 24 Oct 2018

Protection for cannabis-based IP in the wake of announcement of impending legalisation of medicinal cannabis

The legalisation of medicinal and recreational cannabis in several US states, Canada and some European countries has resulted in a new economic market


AA Thornton | European Union | 13 Jul 2017

European patents no longer available for plants and animals obtained exclusively by means of an essentially biological process

A key change has recently been implemented under European Patent Law in order to exclude from patentability, plants and animals “exclusively” obtained


AA Thornton | European Union | 12 Jul 2017

Change of Rules 27 and 28 regarding patentability of plants and animals at the EPO

A key change has been implemented in Rules 27 and 28 EPC in order to exclude plants and animals “exclusively” obtained by essentially biological


AA Thornton | European Union | 22 Jun 2016

The Unitary Patent - 22 June 2016

There have long been attempts to introduce a single patent covering all of Europe, but these have historically suffered from disagreements over


AA Thornton | European Union | 22 Jun 2016

Unified Patent Court - 22 June 2016

The new Unified Patent Court will have exclusive jurisdiction over Unitary Patents and, in the longer term, all traditional European patents. The


AA Thornton | European Union | 14 Mar 2016

Can you keep up with the PACE?

On 1 January 2016, a revised programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications (PACE) at the European Patent Office (EPO) entered


AA Thornton | United Kingdom, European Union | 10 Mar 2016

Effects on IP rights should the UK exit from the European Union

A referendum will be held on 23 June 2016 to decide whether the UK will remain a member of the European Union (EU). Polls are mixed as to the likely


AA Thornton | Moldova | 28 Oct 2015

Validation of European patents in Moldova

It will soon be possible to validate European patents and European patent applications in the Republic of Moldova. Following Morocco earlier this


AA Thornton | European Union | 1 Jun 2015

Adjusted proposals for Unitary Patent fees considered by Select Committee

The Select Committee has considered a revised proposal submitted by the president of the EPO, in which some of the proposed renewal fees have been


AA Thornton | European Union | 7 Apr 2015

What will be the cost of obtaining Unitary Patent Protection?

With progress being made across EU member states towards the implementation of the Unitary Patent system, one significant question remains: what will

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