Intellectual property news and updates

Proposed change to UK patent law: sharing unpublished information with other patent offices

During the first eighteen months of a UK patent application, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) conducts a prior-art search and informs the applicant in a Search Report of any relevant documents found as well as providing remarks on patentability of the invention.

UKIPO encouraging pharmaceutical innovation

The UK Intellectual Property Office is undertaking a formal consultation on its proposal to amend the Patents Act to allow clinical and field trials for new drugs, which involve the use of already patented drugs, to be carried out without risk of patent infringement. This would include the activities required to obtain regulatory approval to market new drugs or to assess their efficacy.

EU patent breakthrough

After a 30 year deadlock, the European Union is one step closer to a common European patent after EU ministers voted on Monday to allow 25 EU member states to establish a unitary patent system.

London Agreement - four years on

The Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the European Patent Convention, more commonly referred to as the London Agreement, entered into force on 1 May 2008.

Indian Patent Law - Beware Section 8

The rise of India as a budding economic and technical power has resulted in a large number of patent applications being filed in India in recent years. Recent statistics show that over 65% of patent applications filed in India name a foreign applicant.

New “Small Claims” track at the UK Patents County Court

A “small claims” track was officially launched at the UK Patents County Court (PCC), on 1st October.

Wilson Gunn advising clients on Patent Box

Wilson Gunn is advising clients on the Patent Box scheme, a tax relief scheme that the UK Government will be phasing in from 1 April 2013.

Google adds European Patent data, and a Prior Art Finder service, to Google Patents

For many years anyone wishing to undertake searches of the full text of European patents has had to use commercial, and often expensive, patent searching software, or the European Patent Office’s own Espacenet search database.

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