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Latest News


Amendments to the Patent Description: To what extent?

Amendments to the Patent Description: To what extent? The recent decision by the European Patent Office (EPO)’s Technical Board of Appeal 1024/18 implies the EPO is likely to be very strict with amendments of the description to be consistent with the subject matter of the allowed claims. It has long been the practice by the… Read more »


EPO releases findings of survey on grace period for patents

EPO releases findings of survey on grace period for patents On 17 June 2022, the EPO reported the results of a survey conducted last winter to understand the impact of the novelty requirements of the European Patent Convention (EPC) on its users. In particular, the survey focused on the lack of a “grace period” under… Read more »


Even if your name is as famous as Ronaldinho, the UK IPO cannot raise ex officio bad faith objections

Even if your name is as famous as Ronaldinho, the UK IPO cannot raise ex officio bad faith objections This article was written by Sarah for the IPKat legal blog. Mr Geoffrey Hobbs QC, sitting as the Appointed Person, assessed the legal competence of the UK IPO to raise bad faith as a ground of… Read more »


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The IP Space – Edition 2

The IP Space – Edition 2 Greetings once more Earthlings…!…  Welcome back to this new series of short articles reporting on the latest challenges and successes in the Space Industry. The Space Industry takes inspiration from all areas of life, including the way we eat our food it seems! If you enjoy eating food the… Read more »


IRONMAN records smashed

IRONMAN records smashed Ironman?  Superman.   7 and 8 hour male and female IRONMAN barriers smashed in an astonishing display of athletic endurance. Patent Attorney and keen “endurance eventer” Stuart Greenwood dives into the world of IRONMAN to report on the breaking of the latest seemingly unbreakable athletic barrier and the technology that helped make it possible…. Read more »


The IP Space

The IP Space Greetings Earthlings…!…  Welcome to this new series of short articles reporting on the latest challenges and successes in the Space Industry.  These will be regular updates, posted every couple of weeks or so, primarily aimed at bringing you quickly up to speed with some of the most recent and significant technical developments… Read more »