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A patent history of atrial septal defect closure devices

Introduction Patent Attorney Chris Burnett has recently had cause to investigate Atrial Septal Defect Closure Devices and became interested in the history of their development and what the future may hold for these devices. An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a hole in the septum between the top two chambers of the heart. ASDs are… Read more »

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UKIPO announce changes to fees

After a period of consultation, the UKIPO and UK government have announced some patent fee changes that are expected to come into effect on 6 April 2018.   Application fee – Currently £30 for paper applications and £20 for an e-filing – Rising to £90 for paper applications and £60 for an e-filing – New surcharge of 25%… Read more »

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A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2017

The Legal 500 2017 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised as “outstanding”.   The editorial sections for each of our entries in the directory are reproduced below:  “A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level… Read more »

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Continental: reinventing the wheel

Automotive manufacturer Continental recently announced an innovative new integrated wheel and brake system designed specifically for electric vehicles. http://www.continentaltire.com/news/continental-introduces-innovative-wheel-and-braking-concept-electric-vehicles Braking inside out The new design consists of two main parts; a “carrier star” and a “rim well”. The rim and carrier star bolt together to form the wheel and the carrier star attaches to the… Read more »

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Speaking at the AIPPI 2017 – World Congress

Partner Mike Jennings will be representing the firm at the AIPPI 2017 World Intellectual Property Congress, in Sydney, Australia 14-17 October. Mike is a contributor to the AIPPI study group on Computer-Implemented Inventions, and will attend the study committee meeting on 14 October. As well as attending plenary sessions and meetings and seeing many old friends… Read more »

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The Madrid Union welcomes its 100th member as Indonesia joins the International Trade Mark System

We are pleased to report that Indonesia has become the 100th country to sign up to the International trade mark system and as of 2 January 2018 it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Indonesia under International trade marks. In 2015, the Indonesian trade marks office received more than 47,000 trade mark applications… Read more »

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A.A. Thornton & Co. again takes part in the Praktika Extern programme

We were delighted to once again participate in the European Patent Office (EPO) Praktika Extern programme. The programme provides an opportunity for EPO examiners to spend several weeks with a host firm and this year we were very pleased to welcome EPO examiner Michele Squeri into our Engineering, Physics & Mechanical devices and Chemistry, Biotechnology… Read more »

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EU – trade mark legislation changes – part 2

In our article of February 2016, we reported on some approved changes to EU trade mark legislation that would affect both EU-wide trade mark rights, and national trade mark rights in EU member states. Some of these changes entered into force immediately, and others required further legislation to be enacted. The last of the changes… Read more »

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Speaking at the in-cosmetics formulation summit

We are excited to announce that Consulting Patent Attorney and Healthcare and Beauty industry team member Julie Barrett-Major will be speaking at the in-cosmetics formulation summit on 26 October 2017. Julie’s long career history in this field lends itself to her topic of choice: “Patents – an excellent way of finding out about ‘new natural’ materials from… Read more »

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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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