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...
UPC update: “U” for uncertainty
Previously, the main obstacle to implementation of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent system was the ratification of the UPC Agreement by Germany: German ratification was significantly delayed by a pending case at the German Constitutional Court which is scheduled for decision later in 2019. However, even if the decision of the German Constitutional...
Academics challenge patent offices to accept an Artificial Intelligence as an inventor
As recently announced by the University of Surrey, a group of patent applications have been filed at the UK patent office and European Patent Office toward inventions allegedly solely created by an Artificial Intelligence. Legal questions surrounding patents for AI are not new – patent offices around the world are already grappling with the patentable...
Developments at the EPO – New Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA)
The Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) have recently been updated. There has been a wide-scale revision of the rules, with both case management and substantive features of the appeal procedure being revised. The new RPBA will come into force on 1st January, 2020. In recent years, the case law of the...
The patentability of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes – conflict or conformity of Article 53 EPC and the implementing regulations
A new Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has been submitted by the President of the EPO concerning the patentability of plants and animals obtained exclusively by essentially biological processes, G3/19. This Referral follows Technical Board of Appeal decision T1063/18, a case concerning the patentability of plants obtained by an essentially biological process....
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
Attendee: Nadia Tyler-Rubinstein
Pharma & Biotech IP
Attendee: Susi Fish
WIPR’s Influential Women in IP London Event, September
Attendee: Donna Trysburg
ACG Conference 2019, London
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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