Intellectual property news and updates

G3/19: Are essentially biological processes patentable?

In this article, we look at a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal, G3/19, regarding the patentability of inventions relating to plants and animals.

European Patent Office Enlarged Board of Appeal decisions: what are we waiting for?

This series of articles provides a brief overview of pending and very recently decided questions before the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

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.

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