All posts by Alex Hughes

Lack of enablement in Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron

Lack of enablement in Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron

Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron: Broad antibody patents held invalid for lack of enablement in US Lack of enablement: A conclusion of lack of enablement means that the disclosure provided in the patent specification, at the time the application was filed, would not have taught one skilled in the art how to make and/or use the full… Read more »

AA Thornton ranked in WTR 1000 2021

AA Thornton ranked in WTR 1000 2021

AA Thornton ranked in WTR 1000 2021 We are delighted to announce that our Trade Mark team has been ranked in WTR 1000 2021 in the silver banding, having attracted ‘extensive feedback’ and are noted as being ‘renowned for [our] top-end work’. Additionally, partner Ian Gill has been ranked again as a one of the… Read more »

Partner Mike Jennings is reappointed to SACEPO

Partner Mike Jennings is reappointed to SACEPO

We are delighted that Partner Mike Jennings has been appointed by the EPO President to continue his contributions to the SACEPO Working Party on Quality for another 3 years. What is SACEPO? The Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) was formed in 1978. Its aim was to give “interested circles” a say… Read more »

What’s cooking? Tefal gets red light for the ‘red spot’

What’s cooking? Tefal gets red light for the ‘red spot’

Things got heated in a recent trade mark case where the UK Intellectual Property Office refused to grant protection to Tefal for it’s so-called ‘Famous Red Spot’. The decision for this case can be read here. Background on the Tefal mark  In 2018, Tefal filed an application to register its ‘red dot’ as a trade… Read more »

Patenting in the Pandemic

Patenting in the Pandemic

Partner Dr. Lawrence King reflects on Patenting in the Pandemic and the importance of locking down innovation in troubled times in this article, first published in The Chemical Engineer. The importance of locking down innovation in troubled times TO MOST, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent, published in October 1850, remains one of Charles Dickens’ lesser-known… Read more »

UKIPO “Green Channel” – can the patent system encourage more innovation in green technologies?

UKIPO “Green Channel” – can the patent system encourage more innovation in green technologies?

Partners Mike Jennings and Alex Bone explore the UKIPO “Green Channel” At AA Thornton, our patent attorneys have a long history of assisting innovators seeking protection for a variety of green technology including solar technology, waste processing and wind turbines.  Some of our clients were kind enough to share their stories with us, and you… Read more »

UK IPO unveils new scheme for protecting Geographical Indications in the UK

UK IPO unveils new scheme for protecting Geographical Indications in the UK

UK IPO unveils new scheme for protecting Geographical Indications in the UK Until now, Geographical Indications (GIs) have been protected in the UK via protection afforded under EU law, but this scheme ceased to cover the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period. It has now been confirmed that GIs will be protected… Read more »

AA Thornton support Admiral Group in successful sale of the Penguin Portals and Preminen businesses

AA Thornton support Admiral Group in successful sale of the Penguin Portals and Preminen businesses

AA Thornton support Admiral Group in successful sale of the Penguin Portals and Preminen businesses We at AA Thornton are very proud to have supported the superb team at Admiral Group with their IP and trade mark needs over many years and, in particular, to have recently assisted them on the IP side of the… Read more »

AI and IP – A report on CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee recommendations on AI and IP

AI and IP – A report on CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee recommendations on AI and IP

Whether and when to change UK patent law to increase protection for AI This article follows the recent article ‘Call for industry views on AI and IP and ViCo‘   Introduction In September 2020, the UKIPO launched a “Call for views on AI and IP” (see https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/artificial-intelligence-and-intellectual-property-call-for-views ), noting the UK government’s desire to understand… Read more »

UK IPO Practice Note – Impact of the end of the Brexit Transition Period on Tribunal Proceedings

UK IPO Practice Note – Impact of the end of the Brexit Transition Period on Tribunal Proceedings

Impact of the end of the Brexit Transition Period on Tribunal Proceedings The Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020 and the UK IPO has issued a new practice note covering some new aspects of UK IPO trade mark and registered design practice in relation to tribunal proceedings such as cancellation actions or oppositions…. Read more »

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