Intellectual property news and updates

The PCC gets a re-brand – but has anything else changed?

On 1 October 2013, the Patents County Court (PCC) was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). So, why the change, and what do you need to know?

An open letter to Europe

With only a few days left before the 1 October deadline for public submissions, a coalition of worldwide multinationals including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Blackberry and Google, have last night sent an open letter commenting on the proposed rules of procedure for the new Unified Patent Court in Europe.

‘Superfast’ UK patent applications – not so super

Concluding that there could be a risk to the quality of UK patents granted under such a scheme, the UK Government has decided not to implement the proposed 'superfast' service.

Utility models: an important alternative to patents or an irrelevance?

Utility models, short term patents, petty patents, innovation patents, utility certificates – the names may be unfamiliar to you, but they all relate to a form of IP right which is under-utilised, and there are many businesses that could benefit from them.

Saudi Arabia’s accession to the PCT

On 3 May 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 147th contracting state. The Treaty entered in to force on 3 August 2013. The result is that all new PCT applications filed on or after 3 August 2013 now automatically designate Saudi Arabia.

Nestec vs. Dualit: indirect infringement of “consumables”

In a recent case, Schutz v Werit, the UK Supreme Court decided that replacing the “bottle” in a patented intermediate bulk container (“IBC”) was not an infringement of the patent, as the IBC was not being “made” by replacement of the bottle.

Virgin vs. Zodiac – patentees cannot now recover pending damages from subsequently invalid UK patents

In a recent decision handed down by the Supreme Court, the time-honoured UK tradition of a patentee being able to claim pending damages from an infringer despite their patent being subsequently revoked (and so deemed never granted in the first place), has been quashed.

Wilson Gunn wins awards in patents and designs

We are delighted to report that Wilson Gunn achieved double success in the 2013 Corporate Intl Legal Awards, picking up the awards for IP Patents Law Firm of the Year in England and Design Law – Law Firm of the Year in England.

Is your business affected by the EPO's strict time limits for filing divisional patent applications?

When a patent application contains more than one invention, in order to protect each one it is usually necessary to divide the second and subsequent inventions out into separate ‘divisional’ patent applications which are treated as having been filed at the same time as the first ‘parent’ application.

Third-party observations now possible for international patent applications

It is now possible to file third-party observations during the International phase of the so-called PCT application. This can result in the scope of protection of a patent granted being limited or a patent being refused or the application being abandoned by the proprietor.

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