Patentability of AI at the EPO: Is the Dust Settling?
A recent decision from the EPO’s Boards of Appeal (T 0702/20) provides a practical example of where the boundary lies in terms of patent eligibility of AI algorithms at the EPO. The decision relates to a patent application for a neural network with fewer node connections, to reduce the number of computations and avoid overfitting. As...
Boult placed in gold band by WTR 1000, 2023
Boult can announce that we have been once again ranked in the gold band by the WTR 1000 for 2023, their highest grade available. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trade mark practice and is the definitive “go-to” resource for those seeking world-class legal trade mark expertise. Obtaining a place in the gold band acknowledges...
BREAKING NEWS: The UPC is due to open on 1st June 2023
After years of uncertainty in the timeline of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), it has just been announced that Germany will ratify the UPC Agreement on 17th February 2023. This ratification will finally set the UPC opening date as 1st June 2023. From that date onwards, it will be possible for patent applicants to obtain...
Clinical trials and prior disclosure – a difficult balancing act for patentees
The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently ruled that patients in a clinical trial were not members of the public such that the trial did not constitute prior public use of a pharmaceutical formulation (Board of Appeal decision T 0670/20). This decision adds to the growing body of EPO case law surrounding the topic of...
Change to compliance period of UK divisional applications
The way of determining the compliance period of a UK divisional application is changing on 1 May 2023. From 1 May 2023 a newly-filed divisional application will be accorded a compliance period which is the same as the original and un-extended compliance period of the original parent application (i.e. the original UK application at the...
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