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 technical nature of simulation methods – A New Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal
In decision T0489/14, the EPO Boards of Appeal have made a new referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal regarding the patentable nature of computer-implemented simulation methods. Under European practice, methods implemented on a computer are only considered patentable if the method can be understood to have a “technical effect”. In particular, methods that are...
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: Susi Fish
Law Society IP Committee Annual meeting – Business case for Diversity, Speaker
Attendee: Naomi Stevens
2019 Hong Kong Biotech Roadshow Cambridge 27 June 2019
Attendee: Emily Scott
WTR Event: Brand Protection Online Europe TM Conference – 14 October 2019
Attendee: Barbara Rigby
BioWednesday Cambridge: Creating Value While Dealing with Uncertainty – Using the Gig Economy as Part of the Solution
Attendee: Susi Fish
Business case for Diversity at the joint AIPLA/CIPA Diversity in IP lunch, 3 June 2019
Attendee: Susi Fish
Connected bubbles,27 June, London
Attendee: Henry Schlaefli
SKYKICK – SIMON MALYNICZ QC ON THE CJEU TRADE MARK CASE, 16 May, London
Attendee: Michael C. Maier, LL.M.
INTA TM administrations and practitioners meeting
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
In this edition we caution brand owners about applications by Gleissner; look at a modern day David and Goliath story involving McDonald’s and Irish rival Supermac’s; cover recent changes to UK TM law to be aware of; Canada’s new trade mark law coming into force later this year; and the latest developments in the Cadbury V Nestlé chocolate wars.
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