16 February



A Unified Approach to Unity

The EPO has recently published an advanced preview of the new Guidelines for the Examination which will come into force on 1 March 2021. This advanced preview gives Applicants and Representatives some time to review the guidelines and digest any changes in approach that the EPO may be taking. One of the changes in the... right arrow

13 November



Interim declaration unavailable on questions of patent infringement

In cases of UK patent infringement, the courts may grant a variety of remedies to successful claimants (including damages, court-ordered injunctions, and declarations of non-infringement). In some cases, remedies are also available on an interim basis – for example, an interim injunction that requires a party to refrain from an allegedly infringing act pending outcome... right arrow

3 November



Changes to unregistered designs right after Brexit

Many designers rely on Unregistered Design Rights to protect their products in the UK and the EU. However, designers need to be aware of significant changes to Unregistered Design Rights following the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. Currently, Unregistered Community Design Right is available for new designs first disclosed in... right arrow

5 October



Trade Marks and design rights after Brexit

This bulletin covers some important changes to trade mark and design rights in the UK that will take place on 1 January 2021. Background The United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and is currently in a Brexit Transition Period that ends on 31 December 2020. Therefore, from 1 January... right arrow

30 September



High Court confirms that an Artificial Intelligence cannot be named as an inventor

Last year, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) rejected two UK patent applications (GB1816909.4 and GB1818161.0) on the grounds of an invalid designation of inventor. The applications had been filed by Dr Stephen Thaler, who named his creation (the AI “DABUS”) as the inventor. The UKIPO’s decision was based on the conclusion that, under the... right arrow


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.

boult.bites TM Autumn 2020

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.

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