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EU Design Law Reforms: New Changes to Take Effect in 2024

The EU Parliament has now approved reforms to EU design law, we set out below some of the key changes.   What’s happening? Proposals to amend the law were suggested in November 2022. In December 2023, the provisional law was published and it was adopted by the European Parliament in March 2024. The new Directive… Read more »

University Innovations – Who owns them?

University innovations

Universities have always been sources of innovative ideas as they, provide the infrastructure and environment to encourage research and development. Increasingly, universities are promoting commercialisation of some of those ideas to encourage entrepreneurship and generate revenue.  Many universities have some form of Technology Transfer Office where innovators can seek advice about taking their innovation further… Read more »

Statutory Acquiescence: Court of Appeal’s decision in ICE Southampton v Intelligent Cleaning

In the legal profession, cases act as landmarks that refine our grasp and enactment of law. Each verdict settles individual disputes and also enriches the tapestry of legal precedent. Among such key cases, the recent decision by the Court of Appeal in the clash between Industrial Cleaning Equipment (Southampton) Limited and Intelligent Cleaning Equipment Holdings… Read more »

AA Thornton IP LLP Shortlisted in Managing IP Awards 2024

Managing IP Awards 2024

We’re pleased to announce that AA Thornton IP LLP is shortlisted in three categories at the Managing IP Awards 2024. We also congratulate our partner Mike Jennings for his nomination as Patent Practitioner of the Year. Our firm is recognised for: UK Patent Disputes UK Trade Mark Disputes UK Patent Practitioner of the Year –… Read more »

Mike Jennings takes on new roles in SACEPO for 2024-2026 term

EPO Office - SACEPO - Mike Jennings

AA Thornton IP LLP is committed to playing a proactive role in supporting and enhancing the European patent system. In alignment with this commitment, our partner, Mike Jennings, will extend his involvement with the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) by taking on two new roles for the 2024-2026 term. Mike will… Read more »

How Patents Protect Innovations in Crewed Spaceflight

Space Suit - Space Patents

The following article was first published on Space East’s website. Manufacturers routinely obtain patent protection for different aspects of familiar everyday products. Smartphone companies and carmakers, for example, might each file hundreds, if not thousands, of patent applications annually. However, patents are also used to protect innovations in much more specialist fields, including space travel…. Read more »

EPO Introduces New Fee Reduction Scheme for “Micro-Entities”

EPO Fee Reduction

As of April 1, 2024, the European Patent Office (EPO) are implementing reduced fees for “micro-entities”, to support small-scale innovators. The scheme, will apply to both European patent applications and Euro-PCT applications, offering eligible entities a generous 30% reduction across all primary fees involved in the patent grant process. Eligibility Criteria To qualify for these… Read more »

Geoff Hussey recognised as Stand-Out Lawyer 2024

Thomson Reuters has once again recognised AA Thornton’s Geoff Hussey as a Stand-out Lawyer in 2024.   The Sharplegal study by Thomson Reuters involves more than 2,000 senior in-house legal counsel globally nominating up to three lawyers. These lawyers are ones they’ve worked with over the past year who’ve significantly stood out to them, distinguishing… Read more »

IP-Driven Clean Technology – National Vision for Engineering Biology

National Vision for Engineering Biology

The UK government has recently positioned clean technology at the core of its new initiative, the “National Vision for Engineering Biology,” launched in December 2023. With a substantial £2 billion investment, this policy highlights the government’s dedication to driving sustainable innovation. The funding aims to advance research and development in areas such as renewable biofuels,… Read more »