Intellectual property news and updates

UKIPO declares ‘interrupted days’ to help with impact of COVID-19

The UKIPO has declared 24 March 2020 and all subsequent days until further notice, 'interrupted days'.

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.

Should I use my UK patent as a basis for obtaining a Hong Kong patent?

A new Hong Kong patent system was launched on 19 December 2019 meaning an applicant can now file directly with the Hong Kong Patents Registry.

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.

Court Overturns Decision Awarding $10.1 Million Damages Against Nintendo for Patent Infringement

In January, a US court has overturned a jury's verdict that would have seen Nintendo pay out $10 million in damages.

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.

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