Intellectual property news and updates

Temporary fee changes at the UKIPO

Some temporary fee changes have been introduced by the UKIPO to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Unsolicited letters from Stern Young & Partners

A warning regarding unsolicited renewal reminders from a firm called Stern Young & Partners.

Brexit Update: Creation of comparable UK rights to existing EU trade marks and community designs

What will the changes to UK trade mark and community design rights be after the Brexit transition period?

The UK officially withdraws from the Unified Patent Court

It has been confirmed that the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the UPC system.

Brompton Bikes – Functional shapes may be eligible for copyright protection

The CJEU has ruled that a functional shape may be eligible for copyright protection in a recent judgement.

UK Supreme Court confirm strong sufficiency requirement in the UK

A recent decision made by the UK Supreme Court has important consequences for inventions in the biotech industry.

G3/19: Essentially biological processes excluded from patentability

We take a look at the decision made by the Enlarged Board of Appeal, G3/19, regarding the patentability of inventions relating to plants and animals.

UKIPO announces end of interrupted days period

The extension of deadlines, in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will end on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

G4/19: Is double patenting permissible at the EPO?

Double patenting occurs when two patents are granted that relate to identical subject matter.

Update on EPO proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak

New measures have been announced for Examination and Opposition Division and Board of Appeal cases.

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