Intellectual property news and updates

Temporary fee changes at the UKIPO

Some temporary fee changes have been introduced by the UKIPO to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The UK officially withdraws from the Unified Patent Court

It has been confirmed that the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the UPC system.

UK Supreme Court confirm strong sufficiency requirement in the UK

A recent decision made by the UK Supreme Court has important consequences for inventions in the biotech industry.

G3/19: Essentially biological processes excluded from patentability

We take a look at the decision made by the Enlarged Board of Appeal, G3/19, regarding the patentability of inventions relating to plants and animals.

UKIPO announces end of interrupted days period

The extension of deadlines, in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will end on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

G4/19: Is double patenting permissible at the EPO?

Double patenting occurs when two patents are granted that relate to identical subject matter.

Update on EPO proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak

New measures have been announced for Examination and Opposition Division and Board of Appeal cases.

False Declarations and Unenforceable Patents in the US

A mistake in naming inventors rendered a US patent unenforceable.

UPDATE: EPO and EUIPO deadline extensions

Extensions are available to assist businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

‘Notorious’ prior art divides EPO Board of Appeal and Examining Division over computer-implemented invention

The EPO Board of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Examining division, on the basis of 'notorious' prior art which could not be reasonably contested.

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