All posts by Alex Hughes

Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe

Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe

Artificial Intelligence: Patentability and Inventorship in Europe AA Thornton and the EPO’s Director of Patent Law explained the EPO’s approach to AI patenting, in discussion with the IP Institute of Canada.   The UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the IP Institute of Canada (IPIC) invited the European Patent Office Director of Patent… Read more »

Financial Times names AA Thornton one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firm’s 2020

Financial Times names AA Thornton one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firm’s 2020

Financial Times names AA Thornton one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firm’s 2020 We are delighted to have been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms for 2020. We would like to thank our clients and peers who gave feedback in relation to our inclusion in this list. If you… Read more »

WTR Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020

WTR Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020

Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020 This article first appeared in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020, a supplement to World Trademark Review, published by Law Business Research – IP Division. To view the guide in full, please go to www.WorldTrademarkReview.com. For a further year, Senior Associates Louise Foster, Trade Mark Attorney and  Varuni Parantivatine, Solicitor, have… Read more »

Videoconferencing tips for EPO success

Videoconferencing tips for EPO success

AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings shares his experience of videoconference oral proceedings   The European Patent Office (EPO) has offered the possibility of oral proceedings by videoconference since 1998, and in recent years has significantly increased their videoconferencing capacity in all of Rijswijk, Munich and Berlin. This has become increasingly important in view of the… Read more »

Jet Suits – Making Your Commute A Breeze?

Jet Suits – Making Your Commute A Breeze?

Jet Suits – Making Your Commute A Breeze? The history of jet suits was discussed by AAT partner and patent attorney Alex Bone in his article last year. More recently, in August 2019, Frenchman Franky Zapata hit the headlines by becoming the first person to fly across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard, the… Read more »

Appeals to the Appointed Person in the UK – the unappealing truth

Appeals to the Appointed Person in the UK – the unappealing truth

Appeals to the Appointed Person in the UK – the unappealing truth This article was first published on the IPKat Blog   The odds are not good.  In the first two months of 2020 there have been 21 published decisions from the Appointed Person in the UK – that compares with just over 40 in… Read more »

Legal update – UK IPO COVID-19 response

Legal update – UK IPO COVID-19 response

Legal update – UK IPO coronavirus response In recognition of the challenges individuals and businesses are facing amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has made certain temporary adjustments to its practices, to ensure that parties are not adversely affected in their dealings with the Office. It has also had to… Read more »

Playing detective with patent databases

Playing detective with patent databases

Playing detective with patent databases It was recently reported in a wide number of news outlets that Apple might be extending its wearables range beyond smart watches, by developing a new product in the form of a smart ring. This is an expanding market which already has several major players including the Oura ring and… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report According to the European Patent Office, for the first time in more than a decade, digital technologies have taken the lead in patent applications filed. Among the top technical fields digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) saw the steepest growth. The report, published on the 12th March… Read more »

Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19

Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19 Bosch have developed a rapid test that can diagnose COVID-19 coronavirus infection in patients in under two and a half hours, from sample time to result. COVID-19 is spreading at an exponential rate across the world.  An ability to quickly, easily, and reliably diagnose the virus is vital in… Read more »

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