UK-China IP Symposium highlights importance of innovation

Trade Mark Attorney and Partner Ian Gill spoke at the 2017 UK China symposium, which took place in London on Thursday 22 September. Co-hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), this annual flagship event for UK-China IP co-operation formed part of a week of UK-China IP related activity. Click… Read more »

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FDA clears adherence monitoring inhalation device

US approval for an inhaler monitoring device Patent Attorney and member of our Medical Devices Industry Team, Alex Bone, reflects on a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an adherence monitoring inhalation device for use in the US. “During previous employment at Novartis I looked at various medical devices for… Read more »

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Microsoft and Halliburton collaborate to digitally transform the oil and gas industry

Longstanding client Halliburton announced on 22 August 2017 that they will enter into a strategic new relationship with Microsoft to “drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry”.  The relationship is to combine Microsoft’s global leading expertise in cloud and digital transformation with Halliburton’s global leading expertise in exploration and production (E&P) science, software… Read more »

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Hybrid Vehicles – a simple guide

hybrid [pronounced hahy-brid] noun  A thing made by combining two different elements. Hybrid cars are becoming more and more prevalent and here at AA Thornton we handle patent applications directed to the wide range of technology involved. This brief article explains exactly what is meant by a “hybrid”, the different types of hybrid vehicle available… Read more »

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Bosch driving car safety revolution – #STOPTHECRASH

Bosch is the leading global supplier of technology and services when it comes to vehicle safety and the “Stop the Crash” initiative is providing them with a platform to campaign for much more widespread use of vehicle safety systems.   What is “Stop the Crash?” Stop the Crash (#STOPTHECRASH) is an initiative of the consumer… Read more »

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Webmarking of Registered Designs

The UKIPO have announced that the option of webmarking products to indicate registered design rights will launch on 1 October 2017. This will bring UK registered designs into line with UK patents, where webmarking of patented products has (read previous article here) been an option since October 2014. Present situation in webmarking As reported in an… Read more »

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Thailand joins the International Trade Mark system  

We are pleased to report that Thailand has become the 99th country to sign up to the International trade mark system and as of 7 November 2017 it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Thailand under International trade marks. In 2015, the Thai trade marks office received over 38,000 applications for new trade… Read more »

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English courts permit the grant of ‘Arrow’ declarations in the interest of providing commercial certainty

For the first time, English Courts have granted relief in the form of a negative declaration known as an “Arrow” declaration which allows the claimant who sought the declaration to launch their product on the market with confidence that the patentee will not threaten the claimant for patent infringement in the UK. Following a judgment… Read more »

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BREAKING NEWS- Actavis v Eli Lilly: UK Supreme Court reformulates patent infringement test

In a Judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has reformulated the test for patent infringement in the UK, particularly insofar as it relates to infringement by equivalents. The Patent and the declaration sought by Actavis Eli Lilly owns a patent that claims the use of “pemetrexed disodium” in the manufacture of a medicament for… Read more »

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