The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued the decision in referral G2/21 on 23 March 2023. This referral concerned the admissibility of post-published evidence in the assessment of inventive step. The headnote to the decision states: Evidence submitted by a patent applicant or proprietor to prove a technical effect relied upon...
EWHC 178 (IPEC) between Marks and Spencer PLC and Aldi Stores Limited
Following an earlier dispute over a trademark relating to a certain caterpillar cake, Marks and Spencer PLC (M & S) and Aldi Stores Limited have recently come to blows over another area of intellectual property; namely, Registered Designs. A recent judgement of His Honour Judge Hacon sitting in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court...
Increases in the European Patent Office’s Official Fees
The EPO are increasing their official fees on 1 April 2023. This fee increase is unusual in that the EPO has historically raised its fees every two years. However, this latest increase comes one year after the last rise on 1 April 2022. The last fee increase saw fees rise by around 2.5%, whereas the...
EPO Board of Appeal highlights the difficulties in establishing inventive step in machine learning cases
A recent decision from the EPO’s Technical Boards of Appeal (T2803/18) highlights a pitfall for applicants wishing to patent systems and methods that utilise machine learning algorithms. The claimed invention in this opposition appeal relates to the monitoring and processing of sensor signals to automatically determine the characteristics of wetness events in moisture absorbing articles...
Changes to the EPO Guidelines for Examination
The EPO introduced the latest version of the Guidelines for Examination on 1 March 2023. Some of the revisions are highlighted below. Removal of the ten-day notification rule Part E-II, 2.3 and 2.4 have been updated in anticipation of the abolition of the EPO’s ten-day notification rule that will take effect on 1 November 2023....
BWT Boult Bite TM Magazine Spring 2021
Welcome to the Spring edition of boult.bites. Inside this issue you will find our main article: Brexit four months on, which discusses getting to grips with the changes and challenges of the UK in its post-EU landscape. You will also find: Insight articles and team news, including our staying connected staff profile on Katharina Baker, a trade mark attorney in our London office.
boult.bites TM Brexit Edition 2021
In this Brexit special edition of boult.bites TM we discuss the impact of post Brexit within the IP world. We have included a check list with key steps you should consider for rights holders.
Brexit latest including a summary of the post Brexit changes on and our Brexit news articles covering recent major changes that affect pending actions at the EUIPO before 31 December 2020, use and reputation in the UK going forward and changes to geographical indications from 1 January 2021.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of boult.bites TM. In this issue, we discuss the important changes to trade mark and design rights in the UK and the steps you can take. We highlight our readiness for the new Brexit world, having full-service offices in the UK, Germany, and Spain And, we throw the spotlight on Alexander Stolz, a German Solicitor in our Berlin office.View all