Intellectual property news and updates

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.

Infringement by Equivalence in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Following on from two high profile recent cases; Actavis v Eli Lilly and Icescape v Ice-World, the IPEC have handed down a judgement based on the relatively new definition of patent infringement, infringement by equivalence. We give our opinion and recommendations based on this form of infringement.

Philips' patent for GPS athletic performance monitoring device held largely invalid

This Garmin v Philips patent case provides insight into issues surrounding patent protection where an existing technology in one field is adopted in another.

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