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5 February



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 The patent had been revoked by the Opposition Division for lack of novelty following a finding... right arrow

4 February



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... right arrow

30 January



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... right arrow

29 January



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... right arrow

2 January



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... right arrow

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February 2020

Attendee: Catherine Wolfe

ECTA’s 39th Annual Conference, Copenhagen, June

February 2020

Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell

Life Sciences Patent Network North America, May 2020

February 2020

Attendees: Rohan Setna, Simon Kahn

MIP International Patent Forum, 2020, London

January 2020

Attendee: Michael C. Maier, LL.M.

Spring Team Meeting, MARQUES, Frankfurt, March 2020

January 2020

Attendee: Emily Scott

WTR, Managing Trademark Assets Europe, January, London 2020

January 2020

Attendee: Rachel Conroy

PTGM Spring Conference, 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

Protecting Innovation in the Life Sciences, LSPN Conference, 2019

October 2019

Attendee: Donna Trysburg


October 2019

Attendees: Felicity Hide, Matthew Ridley

Annual Update for Senior Trade Mark & Design Administrators, London.

October 2019

Attendee: Nadia Tyler-Rubinstein

Pharma & Biotech IP

October 2019

Attendee: Susi Fish

WIPR’s Influential Women in IP London Event, September


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.

boult.bites TM Spring 2019

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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