UPC Central Divisions: How will work be split between Paris and Munich?
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) has a complicated Court structure, including a Court of First Instance made up of Central, Local and Regional Divisions. For first instance proceedings, whether an action is heard in the Central Division (and if so in which section) or a particular Local or Regional Division, will vary depending on the...
2023 Changes to the EPO Guidelines – Section F-IV, 3.4 – Inconsistencies
Background One of the more unique, and often debated, aspects of prosecution before the EPO is the requirement that the description and claims must be in conformity. Historically, these changes would typically involve removing terms such as “may”, “could”, or “optionally” from the description, where a previously optional feature was now required by the independent...
EPO Notice regarding the 10 day rule
The EPO have published further information in a Notice in the Official Journal dated 6 March 2023 in preparation for the abolition of the 10 day rule (found here: EPO – Notice from the European Patent Office dated 6 March 2023 concerning amended Rules 126, 127 and 131 EPC). In particular, the Notice provides clarification regarding the...
Return of the Big Mac: EUIPO Board of Appeal flips decision of Cancellation Division
In 2019, the EUIPO’s Cancellation Division raised some eyebrows in the trade marks world when they revoked in full the BIG MAC trade mark held McDonald’s International Property Company Ltd (McDonald’s) since 1998 on the basis that McDonald’s had not made genuine use of the mark in the EU. This was part of an ongoing...
Boult ranked Tier 1 in IP STARS by Managing IP (MIP) for 2023
We are pleased to announce that our Trade Mark Group has been ranked in Tier 1 for Trade Mark Prosecution – Patent & Trade Mark Attorney Firms in IP STARS by Managing IP (MIP) for 2023. IP STARS is a leading resource for companies or individuals looking for experienced legal practitioners for contentious and non-contentious...
BWT Boult Bite TM Magazine Spring 2021
Welcome to the Spring edition of boult.bites. Inside this issue you will find our main article: Brexit four months on, which discusses getting to grips with the changes and challenges of the UK in its post-EU landscape. You will also find: Insight articles and team news, including our staying connected staff profile on Katharina Baker, a trade mark attorney in our London office.
boult.bites TM Brexit Edition 2021
In this Brexit special edition of boult.bites TM we discuss the impact of post Brexit within the IP world. We have included a check list with key steps you should consider for rights holders.
Brexit latest including a summary of the post Brexit changes on and our Brexit news articles covering recent major changes that affect pending actions at the EUIPO before 31 December 2020, use and reputation in the UK going forward and changes to geographical indications from 1 January 2021.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of boult.bites TM. In this issue, we discuss the important changes to trade mark and design rights in the UK and the steps you can take. We highlight our readiness for the new Brexit world, having full-service offices in the UK, Germany, and Spain And, we throw the spotlight on Alexander Stolz, a German Solicitor in our Berlin office.View all