Board of Appeal confirms that Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent lacks priority
The EPO’s Board of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against revocation of European patent EP2771468, belonging to The Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and President and Fellows of Harvard College, which covered the pioneering gene editing technology CRISPR. The patent had been revoked by the Opposition Division for lack of novelty following a finding...
Update on AI Inventorship – DABUS applications refused by the EPO
As was widely reported last year, a series of patent applications has been filed in the name of Dr Stephen Thaler, for inventions allegedly invented by an Artificial Intelligence (AI) called “DABUS”. These applications were filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office, the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the European Patent Office...
Draft of a new patent law in Germany
Although substantive law regarding the grant of patents is largely harmonized across Europe, post grant infringement and validity procedures differ from country to country. In particular, unlike other European countries, Germany considers infringement and validity in separate (‘bifurcated’) proceedings. Germany has the largest economy in Europe and more than half of all patent infringement cases...
BREAKING: Sky v SkyKick ruling from CJEU
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has today issued its eagerly-awaited judgment in the SkyKick case no. C 371/18. The UK High Court asked for the Court of Justice’s guidance, resulting in today’s judgment Sky, the broadcaster, had been trying to enforce broad rights against the SkyKick entity. Sky’s descriptions of goods...
The UPC: 2020 and beyond
As 2019 drew to a close, a statement was issued by the Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee, Alexander Ramsay. As well as touching on progress made regarding the UPC case management system and recruitment campaign, the statement refers to an interview given by Mr Ramsay in which he provided his forecast for the UPC...
Attendee: Catherine Wolfe
ECTA’s 39th Annual Conference, Copenhagen, June
Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell
Life Sciences Patent Network North America, May 2020
Attendee: Michael C. Maier, LL.M.
Spring Team Meeting, MARQUES, Frankfurt, March 2020
Attendee: Emily Scott
WTR, Managing Trademark Assets Europe, January, London 2020
Attendee: Rachel Conroy
PTGM Spring Conference, London 2020
Attendee: Anusha Arunasalam
INTA’s 2020 Europe Conference: Brands, Sports, and eSports: A Brand (R)evolution in Madrid, Spain.
Attendee: Edward Ronan
UK science and innovation policy – funding and investment, commercialisation and IP management, and the international positioning of UK research
Protecting Innovation in the Life Sciences, LSPN Conference, 2019
Attendee: Donna Trysburg
ACG CONFERENCE 2019
In this issue, we update you on important developments in the industry; a reversed Board of Appeal decision by the General Court; an important case for brand owners; and general updates TM team and firm updates.
In this edition we take a look at the EUIPO’s decision on the invalidity of a three-stripe mark by Adidas; G4S PLC’s successful opposition to an application by F & G Kites Limited; a useful reminder of the evidence required when defending a registration that has been challenged on the grounds of non-use; the 4th Latin American country that will be joining the Madrid Protocol; and a new rule introduced by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Read about latest developments in the Trade Marks field, as well as what’s going on with the team here at Boult Wade Tennant
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