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Thomas Heath

Technology powering the 2022 Commonwealth Games: starting blocks

As Birmingham prepares for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, we look at some of the inventions that have helped change the …

Dr Robert Paul

Technology powering the 2022 Commonwealth Games: Hawk-Eye

As Birmingham prepares for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, we look at some of the inventions that have helped change the …

Callum Watson

Technology powering the 2022 Commonwealth Games: the hockey stick

As Birmingham prepares for this summer’s Commonwealth Games, we look at some of the inventions that have helped change the …

The UK IPO clears its backlog for patent, trade mark and design examination!

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK IPO reports that they have received record numbers of patent and trade mark applications …

Dr Matt Barton

EPO Boards of Appeal’s rules of procedure in chemical cases

Introduction

The EPO Boards of Appeal amended their rules of procedure as from 1 January 2020. The EPO’s stated aims …

EPO announces fee increases

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced increases of 2-4% to most official fees with effect from 1 April 2022.…

Matthew Holt

Patenting polymorphs: EPO Board of Appeal provides guidance on inventive step (T 325/16)

Whether a new polymorph of a known pharmaceutical compound is considered inventive, and therefore patentable, is a hotly contested question …

Dr Rosalie Shepherd

The use of post-published data in the assessment of inventive step – referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal

A recent case before the Board of Appeal (T 0116/18) has highlighted a divergence in law regarding the plausibility requirement …

Brexit and your IP: FAQs

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020, and the withdrawal finally took effect, for IP rights, on …