Intellectual property news and updates

German courts deal a blow to hopes of a European Unified Patent Court

The German constitutional court has upheld a constitutional complaint against their ratification of the Agreement on the new UPC.

Changes to European Patent Office Official Fees from 1 April 2020

EPO official fees will be changing from 1st April 2020.

EPO and EUIPO temporarily extend all deadlines due to COVID-19 outbreak

Due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak the EPO and EUIPO have extended deadlines.

UK and the UPC

The UK is not expected to take part in the new European Unified Patent Court system despite previous ratification.

Brexit Update - The UK leaves the EU

The UK will leave the EU at 23.00 GMT today, and enter into a transition period currently due to end on 31 December 2020.

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.

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