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Partner Craig Turner successfully defends Lycored’s European patent

In response to an opposition by chemicals company BASF, Craig Turner, a partner in our Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical patents team, successfully defended Lycored’s European patent which protects their unique lycopene formulation, used for providing stable red colouring for foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.  Longstanding client Lycored are a market-leader in the development and supply of research-based,… Read more »

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Wrong number for Napp Pharmaceuticals in UK Buprenorphine infringement cases

Background Napp Pharmaceuticals (Napp) is the proprietor of a European (UK) patent, EP2305194B (the Patent), which provides protection for transdermal buprenorphine patches. Napp have marketed buprenorphine patches under the trade name “BuTrans®” since 2005. Both Sandoz and Dr Reddy’s were preparing to launch generic transdermal buprenorphine patches in the UK, but Sandoz were the first… Read more »

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Excellent discussions with industry at the Pat-Tech Exchange

A.A.Thornton & Co patent attorneys Mike Jennings and Nikesh Patel attended the Pat-Tech Exchange event on the 6th – 7th June in Dublin. The event provided a great opportunity for knowledge sharing, taking account of the different perspectives of large multinationals and SMEs. Mike moderated a discussion of substantive patent law harmonisation and preparations for… Read more »

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INTA is over for another year..

This year, A.A. Thornton & Co. sent a large team to represent the firm at the INTA 139th Annual Meeting, at Barcelona in Spain from 20-24 May 2017. Partners Ian Gill, Vanessa Lawrence, Rachel Havard, Geoff Hussey and Emily Cottrill attended the conference, as well as Registered Trade Mark Attorneys Louise Foster, Nidhi Mukhuty, Suzanne Power, Sarah… Read more »

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Then and now: EU trademarks in the UK   With Brexit looming, Partner and Registered Trade Mark Attorney Rachel Havard looks back at the UK trademark profession’s relationship with Europe and considers what the future might hold. In 1996, there was a buzz of excitement in the UK trademark attorney profession as we prepared and filed our… Read more »

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Paclitaxel SPC bound to fail

Background The period that elapses between a patent being granted for a new medicinal product and a marketing authorisation being obtained for the product is often too short to allow a patentee to cover their investment. Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are intended to compensate patentees for the investment necessary to place a new medicinal product… Read more »

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Representatives of our Automotive group attend the London Motor Show

Automotive patent attorneys Stuart Greenwood and Nikesh Patel attended the London Motor Show at Battersea Park on Friday 5 May 2017. They spent the day viewing over 150 vehicles, meeting motoring legends, and catching up on the latest tech innovations. Highlights included learning about cars being designed using virtual reality and speaking to the ‘Stop the crash’ representatives… Read more »

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A.A. Thornton & Co. Partners recommended in the World Trademark Review 2017

  We are thrilled to announce that Partners and Chartered Trademark Attorneys Ian Gill and Vanessa Lawrence, have been recommended in the 2017 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and strategy” category. To suitably reinforce the recommendation, they also received the following client comments: The “practical, commercially oriented advice”… Read more »

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