21 May



Covid-19: IP offices status updates

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe special measures have been implemented by the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the German Trade Mark and Patent Office (DPMA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This page summarises the information we have available about... right arrow

5 May



New invalidity and revocation proceedings before German Patent and Trademark Office provides for more cost efficient cancellation action options in Germany

New invalidity and revocation proceedings before German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) provide for more cost efficient cancellation action options in Germany As of May 1, 2020, German law will provide for new cancellation proceedings on relative grounds before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). While previously cancellation of a registered trademark based on... right arrow

24 March



Further Blow for UPC

In a further blow for the Unified Patent Court(UPC), the German constitutional court has today announced that the German ratification of the UPC Agreement is void.  The German constitutional court have today upheld a constitutional complaint filed in 2017 that the ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA) breached the German constitution.... right arrow

18 March



Continued growth for UK filings at the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published its latest statistics for European patent applications in 2019. In addition to overall surges in the fields of digital communication (+19.6% over 2018) and computer technology (+10.2%) the data shows a continued growth in European patent applications filed by UK companies. The total number of applications originating in... right arrow

17 March



Issue Estoppel – UK High Court bars the re-consideration of claims previously held to be invalid

In the latest instalment of a prolonged and litigious saga between Eli Lilly and Genentech, the UK High Court has ruled that, with regard to their divisional patent, Genentech are estopped from revisiting arguments settled during litigation of their parent patent. However, proceedings relating to the divisional patent have been permitted to continue for undecided... right arrow

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March 2020

Attendee: Susi Fish

CITMA Autumn Conference, Birmingham, 2019

February 2020

Attendees: Rohan Setna, Simon Kahn

MIP International Patent Forum, 2020, London

January 2020

Attendee: Emily Scott

WTR, Managing Trademark Assets Europe, January, London 2020

December 2019

Attendee: Anusha Arunasalam

INTA’s 2020 Europe Conference: Brands, Sports, and eSports: A Brand (R)evolution in Madrid, Spain.

December 2019

Attendee: Edward Ronan

UK science and innovation policy – funding and investment, commercialisation and IP management, and the international positioning of UK research

November 2019

Attendees: Emma Pitcher, Michael C. Maier, LL.M.

INTA Leadership Meeting, 2019, Austin Texas

boult.bites TM Spring 2020

In this edition we introduce you to our expanded team in Germany; update you on upcoming Boult Wade Tennant events; and highlight key news and updates from the industry, including an update on Brexit.

boult.bites TM Autumn 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.

boult.bites TM Summer 2019

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.