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Mike Jennings to participate in CIPA’s US roadshows in April

Discussing EPO developments and patentability of computer-implemented inventions in the era of AI   In April 2019, the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) will lead a series of intellectual property roadshows in the USA, with participation from the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and Sir Colin… Read more »

AA Thornton’s letter of recommendation to the EPO 2019

AA Thornton’s advice to European Patent Office management EPO President Mr António Campinos invited AA Thornton to provide recommendations for the EPO’s next strategic plan, and we have done this. AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings also participated in a review of EPO quality in Munich on 7 February, with the EPO Standing Advisory Committee’s quality… Read more »

Google Get Lucky

Google get lucky – Google win a patent dispute over their “I’m feeling lucky” button Google have been involved in a dispute with Israeli company Spring Ventures (previously Buy2 Networks) regarding their “I’m feeling lucky” button which, once clicked, takes the user straight to Google’s top-ranked search link. Spring Ventures asserted that the button infringed… Read more »

AA Thornton Partners recommended in the World Trademark Review 2019

AA Thornton Partners Ian and Vanessa are mentioned in the 2019 edition of the World Trademark Review We are thrilled to announce that Partner Ian Gill and Consulting Attorney Vanessa Lawrence, have been, once again, recommended in the 2019 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and strategy” category…. Read more »

Julie Barrett-Major speaks at Queen Mary University

Reporting on the Queen Mary University’s Life Sciences, Cosmetics and Intellectual Property seminars for CNIPA   Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett-Major recently gave two 3-hour seminars at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) earlier this month on Life Sciences, Cosmetics and Intellectual Property. The two seminars formed part of the QMUL’s programme of education and… Read more »

East Anglia Business Magazine: The Importance of Intellectual Property

The Importance of Intellectual Property   Associate Attorney, Christopher Burnett, recently wrote an article ‘The Importance of Intellectual Property’ for East Anglia in Business Magazine, and the full magazine can be read  here.. Chris’s article identifies different IP rights, what they protect and how they are obtained in order to then commercialise them. Below is… Read more »

AA Thornton attends the ABHI Parliamentary Reception at Westminster

Reporting on the second annual ABHI Parlimentary Reception   Attorneys Marianne Privett, Alex Bone and Chris Burnett from our Medical Devices team attended the second annual Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) parliamentary reception at Westminster on Monday night. They were joined by over 200 guests, including Secretary of State for Health and Social Care… Read more »

Brexit update – January 2019

Brexit? What next? The UK government suffered a defeat of historic proportions on Tuesday 15 January in relation to its proposed Brexit deal, but survived a vote of no-confidence the next day.  Despite these extraordinary events we are no closer to understanding where the Brexit process will go next or how long it will take… Read more »

An update on Supplementary Protection Certificates in Europe

European Commission proposes changes to Supplementary Protection Certificates Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are an intellectual property right that serve as an extension to a patent right (for up to five years) specific to pharmaceutical and plant products that must undergo extensive testing and clinical trials before being authorised by marketing authorities in Europe. Earlier in 2018,… Read more »

The year in review: AA Thornton on Battery Technology

 AA Thornton reflect on the past year in the battery and energy storage industries On the 4th and 5th of December, Patent Attorneys Marianne Privett and David Blair attended the ‘Battery and Energy Storage Show 2018’ hosted by Warwick University (with Matt Havron joining them on the 5th December). At the event, Marianne and David… Read more »

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