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Diversity & Inclusion: BAME representation in IP Round Table

IP&ME event, BAME representation in IP Round Table IP & ME, IP Inclusive’s community for BAME professionals and their allies, held a virtual round table to discuss BAME representation levels in the UK’s IP sector on 29 July 2020. As co-lead of the IP Ability initiative (and AA Thornton’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner) Marianne Privett… 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 »

AA Thornton change of address

AA Thornton change of address from 10 Old Bailey to  15 OLD BAILEY, EC4M 7EF We are changing address with effect from 9 July, although we will remain on the same street as before, at 15 Old Bailey. Our new address is: A.A. Thornton & Co. 15 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7EF Arrangements are in place… Read more »

AA Thornton promotes Sarah Neil to Senior Associate

  The Partners are delighted to announce the promotion of Sarah Neil to the role of Senior Associate Trade Mark Attorney, effective 1 July 2020. Having joined the firm as a Trainee Trade Mark Attorney in 2012 Sarah has qualified as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in our Legal 500 ranked Top Tier Trade Mark team,… 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 »

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