Intellectual property news and updates

Definitions of “normal duties” at work confirmed in UK entitlement case

A recent decision by the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court highlights what rights an employee has when developing an invention as part of their "normal duties" at work.

Undisclosed Disclaimers and Accidental Anticipation

The EPO has issued a decision, that will interest those in the chemical & food and drink industries, relating to 'undisclosed disclaimers' in patent claims.

SMEs with intellectual property rights more likely to experience high growth

The EPO and EUIPO have published a report finding that SMEs that have IPRs are more likely to experience high growth. We look at the details of the report.

Infringement by Equivalence in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Following on from two high profile recent cases; Actavis v Eli Lilly and Icescape v Ice-World, the IPEC have handed down a judgement based on the relatively new definition of patent infringement, infringement by equivalence. We give our opinion and recommendations based on this form of infringement.

Philips' patent for GPS athletic performance monitoring device held largely invalid

This Garmin v Philips patent case provides insight into issues surrounding patent protection where an existing technology in one field is adopted in another.

Potential Amendments to Chinese Patent and Design Law

The SCNPC are considering a Draft Amendment to Chinese patent legislation. We examine the details.

China introduces new IP appeals courts

New legislation came into force on the 1 January 2019 although no significant cases have yet been decided by the new IP tibunal.

Technology on the move – a summary of the EPO’s 2018 report on patents and self-driving vehicles

Annual European patent applications relating to self-driving vehicles have risen significantly. We summarise the recent report from the EPO and give our take.

Pfizer pregabalin patent held invalid by the UK Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has handed down a decision in the litigation of Warner-Lambert versus Actavis and Mylan that highlights the importance of including enough information to prove the viability of an invention.

New EPO guidelines provide clarity on the examination of AI inventions

The latest update of the guidelines for examination at the European Patent Office provide some clarity for AI inventions.

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