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The ‘Bell’ report

Recent governmental report on the UK Life Sciences Sector A report to the UK government[1] has recently published, with the aim of bringing into focus the next 20 years of UK government policy in the ‘health life sciences’ sector. In the context of the report, ‘health life sciences’ refers to the application of biology and… Read more »

AIPPI 2017- Partner Mike Jennings reports

Pictured above: CIPA delegates meet IPTA council members Partner Mike Jennings has now returned from the AIPPI’s World Congress in Sydney. Whilst there, Mike contributed to the work of the AIPPI’s international study committee focussing on the need for harmonization of national laws relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, including computer programs. After a… Read more »

EPO Guidelines for Examination 2017

The EPO updates the Guidelines for Examination annually and this years’ revised edition comes into effect from 1 November 2017.  The following is a brief outline of the changes. Oral Proceedings Perhaps the most key change is regarding oral proceedings.  Examiners can now issue a summons to attend oral proceedings as a first office action… Read more »

CPA Global in the press

CPA Global have featured in the IP news streams recently because of allegations of overcharging, and this includes a case brought against CPA Global in the “Run Them Sweet” class action. CPA Global categorically and emphatically denies any wrong doing and they state: “The issues at the core of the Run Them Sweet complaint were… Read more »

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% if… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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