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A titanic appeal sunk by an ice cube; miniscule use supports an EU registration and UK common law rights

Ian Gill reports on how miniscule trademark use may be enough to support a passing off claim and maintain a EU trademark registration. This article was written by Ian for the IPKat legal blog Don’t be fooled: decision O/050/21 is not just another unsuccessful appeal to the UK Appointed Person (approximately 85% of such appeals are unsuccessful). Underlying… Read more »

Careers in Ideas: Virtual work insight days 2021

AA Thornton welcomes five candidates for Virtual work insight days 2021 Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome five engaging candidates to our first virtual work insight days, including the great-granddaughter of our founding partner Alfred Augustus Thornton.  The two day event was an opportunity for the students to have a practical insight into… Read more »

April AI Report 2021 – Copyright

Copyright in AI 2021 – Sarah Neil shares an update on the progress in the UK’s review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property   As we have mentioned in previous articles how having a range of IP is an important part of a strong portfolio in the protection of your AI business. The ever accelerating… Read more »

April AI Report 2021 – Designs

Designs in AI 2021 – Sarah Neil shares an update on the progress in the UK’s review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property   As we have mentioned in previous articles how having a range of IP, including Designs, is an important part of a strong portfolio in the protection of your AI business. The… Read more »

April AI Report 2021 – Trade marks

Trade marks in AI 2021 – Sarah Neil shares an update on the progress in the UK’s review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property   As we have mentioned in previous articles trade marks in AI are an important part of a strong portfolio in the protection of your AI business. The ever accelerating landscape… Read more »

Antibodies – EPO user consultation on new EPO guidelines

AA Thornton’s Pharma & Biotech experts contribute to the European Patent Office’s peer consultation on the EPOs Guidelines for Examination; Part G chapter II,  section 5.6 concerning Antibodies. On 1st March 2021 the EPO published new guidelines for the examination of claims to antibodies which has raised some some specific concerns regarding the proposed wording… Read more »

G1/21 – EPO continues oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition

Lloyd Palmer provides a short update on the EPO’s decision to continue oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition during pendency of referral G1/21 You can read the EPO news item on G1/21 here. Making predictions within the global uncertainty of the past few years has been a risky business. From unpredictable US elections… Read more »

UK Government ‘call for views on AI & IP’ response – Patents

AA Thornton’s AI experts contributed to the UK government review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property and have been monitoring developments. Mike Jennings and LLoyd Palmer provide this summary of recent government progress The UK Government has published the responses it received to its 2020 “Call for views on AI and IP” and published its… Read more »

G1/19 decision – Patenting Computer Simulation in Europe

G1/19 decision – Patenting Computer Simulation in Europe The much anticipated G1/19 decision has arrived with the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal confirming that the EPO’s established approach to the assessment of inventive step of computer-implemented inventions is the correct approach for computer-implemented simulation methods. On 10 March 2021, the Enlarged Board issued decision G1/19 and… Read more »

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