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COVID-19 hub

Updates in response to COVID-19 Legal update: 08.04.20 Legal Update available – 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… Read more »

The challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the field of IP

The challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the field of IP

The challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the field of IP The benefits of AI technology are varied and could truly have potential to revolutionise many aspects of life, including within the world of IP, but the introduction of AI technology also poses a number of challenges within the IP industry which are likely to need… Read more »

Artificial Intelligence and Trade Marks

Artificial Intelligence and Trade Marks

Artificial Intelligence and Trade Marks When thinking about AI it is likely that patents will be the first form of protection which comes to mind, and rightly so, but it is important not to forget the value of other forms of IP to protect your AI business. A strong portfolio of a variety of different… Read more »

EPO announce fee increases, effective from 1 April 2020

EPO announce fee increases, effective from 1 April 2020

EPO announce fee increases, effective from 1 April 2020 The EPO recently announced their fees are to increase on the 1 April 2020.  This is in line with their typical practice of increasing fees every two years. The average increase will be 4% for most fees including for the appeal fee for specific entities*, however… Read more »

AA Thornton Go Electric with Ford

AA Thornton Go Electric with Ford

Patent attorney, and Automotive & Aerospace team member, Marianne Privett reports on the Ford GoElectric event Following the UK Government’s recent announcement that the sale of new diesel and gasoline powered cars could be banned as early as 2032 the Ford Go Electric roadshow was in London in February to promote their electric and hybrid… Read more »

BioScience Today article: Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates?

BioScience Today article: Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates?

Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane writes for BioScience Today on the subject of Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates? This article was originally written for BioScience today, you can find Varuni’s article below, or read the full magazine here.   BACKGROUND In 2006 Professor Shanks claimed compensation under s40 of the Patents Act on… Read more »

Will Mercedes’ steering innovation send their drivers round the bend?

Will Mercedes’ steering innovation send their drivers round the bend?

Automotive & Aerospace team member and motorsport enthusiast Alex Bone explains  ‘Dual Axis Steering’ and  and why some consider it to be controversial As if Formula 1 drivers didn’t already have their hands full with a steering wheel covered in buttons and switches, the Mercedes technical team have added a new function for the 2020… Read more »

AA Thornton Partners ranked in the World Trade Mark Review 2020

AA Thornton Partners ranked in the World Trade Mark Review 2020

Partners Ian and Vanessa are ranked in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review We are delighted to announce that Senior Partner Ian Gill and Consulting Attorney Vanessa Lawrence, have been, once again, recommended in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and… Read more »

Legal update – Sky v Skykick a closer analysis

Legal update – Sky v Skykick a closer analysis

Trade Mark attorneys Louise Foster and Sarah Darby report further on the Sky v Skykick case with a closer analysis The CJEU has handed down its answers to the questions referred by the High Court of Justice England and Wales in the Sky v Skykick case (C-371/18).   Brief background to the dispute Sky is… Read more »

Kicking up a storm – a breakdown of Nike’s ground-breaking and controversial range of running shoes

Kicking up a storm – a breakdown of Nike’s ground-breaking and controversial range of running shoes

Patent Attorney Stuart Greenwood* reports on Nike’s ground-breaking and controversial range of running shoes. *Stuart has run several marathons, and is currently training for his first foray into the world of ultra-marathons. He has a keen interest in the development of Nike’s Vaporfly and Alphafly running shoes as he feels he needs all the help… Read more »

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