Intellectual property news and updates

Can a non-human be a patent inventor?

Following up from our article on the listing of a computer program as the inventor of a patent the UKIPO has now come to a decision as to whether a non-human can be listed as an inventor

Priority before the EPO – The CRISPR Appeal

The European Patent Office Boards of Appeal has held a hearing on the validity of a patent on aspects of CRISPR technology.

European patent usage by SMEs published in new study

We take a look at the key findings from the European Patent Office that demonstrate how SMEs take advantage of European patents to grow their business internationally.

Delay to German ratification of the UPC continues

An update on the German ratification of the UPC.

Brexit - Update

We provide a brief update on the potential impact of a No-Deal Brexit on intellectual property in the UK.

G2/19: The admissibility of appeals filed by third parties

A decision has been made on the referral G2/19 by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

G1/18: When is an appeal not filed?

A decision has been made on the referral G1/18 by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

HTC suspends UK sales amid ongoing patent dispute

A patent dispute between Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC and IPCom has seemingly led to the suspension of UK sales of HTC's latest handsets. We take a look at the case.

G1/19: Are simulations inventive?

This referral made to the Enlarged Board, G1/19, relates to whether computer simulations can be classed as inventions under the EPC.

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.

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