13 February



Fee reductions for micro-entities – EPO announces new Rules providing broader fee reductions

The EPO has recently announced, among other fee changes, new Rules enabling specific types of small companies to claim a discount of 30% on all main EPO official fees in the patent grant procedure. As will be appreciated, this could represent an important and exciting change for micro-entities, such as start-ups, looking to break into... right arrow

7 February



February deadline for Retained EU Plant Variety Rights in the UK

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), Retained EU Plant Variety Rights were awarded to provide continuing protection in the UK to plant varieties with EU Plant Variety rights. Since 1 January 2024, a UK correspondence address has been required for these rights. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have now contacted... right arrow

20 December



“Just one more thing…” – UK IPO appeals recent UK High Court decision on patentability of artificial neural networks in the UK

Just as it looked like Sir Anthony Mann’s High Court judgement in the Emotional Perception AI case would be the last most recent word on software patenting in the UK, with the statutory guidance being rewritten to match, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) have turned on their heels and muttered “just one more... right arrow

29 November



“It’s been emotional” – UK IPO AI guidelines temporarily suspended and new statutory guidance on artificial neural networks following decision from the UK High Court

Sometimes things move very fast in UK patent law. Today, eight days after the England and Wales High Court decision overturning a refusal of a patent application, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has announced, by way of statutory guidance, that: Patent Examiners should not object to inventions involving an “artificial neural network” under... right arrow

6 November



Priority following consolidated cases G1/22 and G2/22

The Enlarged Board of Appeal’s recent decision in consolidated cases G1/22 and G2/22 has greatly simplified the consideration of priority entitlement at the EPO. A review of the validity of a priority claim is an essential step in the preparation of an EPO opposition. The claim can be considered in two ways. Firstly, the Opponent... right arrow

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