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Proposed change to UK patent law: sharing unpublished information with other patent offices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

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.

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