2 August



Montenegro to Become the Thirty-ninth EPC Contracting State

For some time now, there have been 38 EPC member states. However, from 1 October 2022, Montenegro (ME) will become the 39th EPC contracting state. Montenegro’s journey to becoming an EPC contracting state began in 2009, when Montenegro signed an Agreement to gain status as an Extension State. Montenegro then became an available Extension State... right arrow

1 July



AI inventorship in the UK – Consultation says “no”

Just as the days (in the UK at least) start getting shorter the UK government has published its response following the consultation on changes to UK patent law to recognise Artificial Intelligence (AI) inventors. As readers of our previous bulletin may remember, shortly after the UK Court of Appeal decided that in the UK an... right arrow

3 May



AI inventorship: snakes and ladders at the Australian courts

Whilst the dispute continues as to who (if any) among the Artificial Intelligence (AI) “DABUS” and its creator Dr Stephen Thaler can be regarded in law as the inventor for a number of patent applications around the world, they have undoubtedly caused the generation of much legal analysis. This has been full of twists and... right arrow

7 April



Updated UPC timeline just announced

A few months into the Provisional Application Phase, the Unified Patent Court (UPC) is definitely gaining momentum. Judges are being interviewed and the IT system, including the Case Management System, is said to be being finalised. Previously, the UPC Committee had been hoping to have the UPC up and running on 1 October 2022, but... right arrow

11 March



China to join Hague system for International Designs

Registered design protection is an effective way of protecting a product’s market share from similar looking competing products and obtaining registered designs can significantly improve a company’s position in case a dispute arises. Each country/region has their own laws regarding design protection and their own systems for registering designs. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain... right arrow

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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.
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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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