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Recommended in the 2024 JUVE Patent UK rankings

Abstract - Juve Patent UK

We are thrilled to once again be recommended by JUVE Patent for patent filing in technical specialties. In the 2024 JUVE Patent UK rankings, our expertise has been highlighted for: Chemistry Digital Communication and Computer Technology Energy and Environmental Technology   JUVE Patent, based Germany, is a key source for information on the European patent… Read more »

Electric Rebirth: Rise of the Hummer EVs

Hummer EV driving through mud

Originally designed and built to provide the US army with ‘High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles’ (HMMWVs), it is believed that Arnold Schwarzenegger was instrumental in getting Hummers to the civilian market after they caught his attention when he was filming a movie. He was so taken with them that he approached the manufacturers and played… Read more »

Mike Jennings: Global Leader in IAM Strategy 300 2024

Mike Jennings of AA Thornton IP LLP has been recognised again as an IAM Strategy 300 ‘Global Leader’ for 2024. He is also recognised by IAM as one of The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.     The IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders list includes the individuals they identify as the world’s leading IP experts, renowned for… Read more »

Amazon and eBay spurious takedown requests – getting de-listed products re-listed

Ebay Amazon takedowns

As a firm, we have recently seen an increase in the number of entrepreneurs whose product listings on e-commerce platforms like Amazon or eBay have been removed due to takedown requests alleging intellectual property infringements. As specialists in intellectual property law, we are used to dealing with situations where the question of infringement is not… Read more »

A Pilot for Costs-Capping in Patents Cases

Costs-Capping in Patents Cases

Exposure to high litigation costs can prevent small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual inventors from accessing the legal system. Significantly, the costs associated with proceedings in the Patents Court typically start at £1 million, often escalating to between £1.5 and £2 million in small to medium-sized patent disputes[1].   Cap on Patent Litigation Costs… Read more »

DABUS Case: UK Supreme Court Affirms Human Inventor Requirement

Supreme Court - AI System 'DABUS'

Capturing the attention of both legal experts and technology enthusiasts alike, the UK Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated decision in the case of Thaler (Appellant) v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (Respondent) on 20 December. In a unanimous decision, the UK Supreme Court dismissed Dr Thaler’s appeal which relates to two inventions… Read more »

Trade Mark Enforcement in EU: Opting for a Preferred Jurisdiction

Vogue - Preferred Jurisdiction EU

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirms that unrelated defendants domiciled in different member states can be sued in a single court if they are connected by an exclusive distribution agreement. The Case: Beverage City Polska v Advance Magazine Publishers (Case C-832/21)   The Claimant Advance Magazine Publishers… Read more »

UK’s 2030 Vision: Energy Transition with a New Battery Strategy

UK - New Battery Strategy

The UK Government has set out a vision to revolutionise its energy landscape with the launch of the country’s first-ever battery strategy. Developed in collaboration with the UK Battery Strategy Taskforce, this bold vision for 2030 aims to establish the UK as a front-runner in the global battery market. The strategy seeks to build a… Read more »

UK update on AI patentability – High Court overturns refusal for a trained Artificial Neural Network (ANN)

The UK High Court has overturned an earlier UKIPO refusal of a patent application for a trained Artificial Neural Network (ANN).This is encouraging for applicants who are investing in AI patenting in the UK.  The UKIPO quickly confirmed that it is changing its examination practice to reflect the court’s judgement.   The UKIPO’s earlier decision… Read more »

Absolutely Not Registrable: Logos and Emblems

As Trade Mark Attorneys, one of the questions we are asked  almost daily basis is whether new marks are registrable. As UK IPO practice is forever evolving, it can be helpful to conduct regular reviews of the kinds of marks being refused by the UK IPO. In the latest instalment of our seasonal round-up, we… Read more »