Intellectual property news and updates

Wilson Gunn highly ranked in The Legal 500 rankings

Wilson Gunn have been ranked in tier two for trade marks and tier 3 for patents in the Legal 500 rankings with commendations for multiple key attorneys.

Changes to the Rules of Procedure of the EPO Boards of Appeal

Revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) will come into force on 1 January 2020. What are the aims of these revisions and what action should be taken by appellants.

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.

Can a computer program be listed as an inventor?

A computer program has devised two potentially patentable ideas, but can it be listed as an inventor?

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.

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.

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