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13 December



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... right arrow

29 August



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... right arrow

16 August



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... right arrow

10 July



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.... right arrow

17 June



The UK Patent Box

Key features of the Patent Box The Patent Box is an IP-related tax relief scheme for innovative companies that make a profit from patented inventions and are subject to UK corporation tax. The Patent Box regime aims to encourage innovative companies to locate, commercialise and retain their research and development in the UK. Under the... right arrow


October 2019

Attendee: Donna Trysburg

ACG Conference 2019, London

September 2019

Attendee: Rachel Conroy

PTMG Annual Conference, Berlin, October

August 2019

Attendee: Susi Fish

Law Society IP Committee Annual meeting – Business case for Diversity, Speaker

July 2019

Attendee: Naomi Stevens

2019 Hong Kong Biotech Roadshow Cambridge 27 June 2019

July 2019

Attendee: Emily Scott

WTR Event: Brand Protection Online Europe TM Conference – 14 October 2019

June 2019

Attendee: Barbara Rigby

BioWednesday Cambridge: Creating Value While Dealing with Uncertainty – Using the Gig Economy as Part of the Solution

June 2019

Attendee: Susi Fish

Business case for Diversity at the joint AIPLA/CIPA Diversity in IP lunch, 3 June 2019

June 2019

Attendee: Susi Fish

Connected bubbles,27 June, London

May 2019

Attendees: Joanna Peak, Edward Ronan

IBioIC Summer Social

May 2019

Attendee: Henry Schlaefli


April 2019

Attendee: Daniela Paull

MARQUES Annual Conference

April 2019

Attendee: Michael C. Maier

INTA TM administrations and practitioners meeting

April 2019

Attendees: Catherine Wolfe, Donna Trysburg

ECTA annual conference

AIPPI World Congress, London, September 2019


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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