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Defender or Pretender? 

Automotive team member, Rachel Havard considers the rise of the Ineos Grenadier and Jaguar Land Rover’s attempt to register their Defender shape as a UK trade mark   Ben Fogle in The Telegraph – “It is said that for more than half the world’s population, the first car they remember having seen is a Land… Read more »

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond This article was first published in BioScience Today The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is often accused of misusing IP to extend exclusivity and delay reasonably priced access to life saving technologies. The recent pandemic has focussed attention on the… Read more »

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 »

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

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 »

The Court of Appeal in Mexichem confirms the utility of ‘Arrow’ declarations is highly fact specific

The Court of Appeal in Mexichem confirms the utility of ‘Arrow’ declarations is highly fact specific   The recent Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Mexichem UK Limited v Honeywell International Inc ([2019] EWHC 3377 (Pat)) reveals how difficult it may be to strike out a claim for an ‘Arrow’ declaration. But, it… Read more »

Diversification of transport technology backed by UK Government funding

  Diversification of transport technology backed by UK Government funding   In March 2020 the UK Government announced £36.7 million in funding for projects aimed at designing and developing cleaner and greener transport technology. £30 million of the fund will create four new regional centres of excellence based in Newport, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Sunderland with… Read more »

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