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2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – Helpful confirmation on patentability of mathematical methods

3. Helpful confirmation on patentability of mathematical methods This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination. In 2018, the EPO reviewed around 1000 of its Board of Appeal decisions and distilled some new principles on patentability of mathematical methods, noting that these principles will be applied to… Read more »

2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination – Amendments to avoid contradictions between claims and description

1. Amendments to avoid contradictions between claims and description This forms part of a wider report on the 2022 updates to EPO Guidelines for Examination. There are some small but important changes to the guidelines on required changes to the description of a European patent application (Guidelines Part F, Chapter IV, section 4.3). Many EPO… Read more »

Trademarking in the Metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens – virtually pointless?

Trademarking in the Metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens – virtually pointless? Should you be extending your trade mark protection to the Metaverse?  What role do Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) play within the Metaverse and your trade mark protection strategy?   What is the Metaverse? It is probably easiest to understand as a massively scaled up version of… Read more »

IPO’s consultation on Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and Innovation

IPO’s consultation on Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and Innovation The UK government is seeking views from industry and others both domestically and globally as to whether the ecosystem surrounding Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) is functioning efficiently and effectively and striking the right balance for all entities involved. The purpose of the consultation is to help… Read more »

A practical update on patenting computer-implemented inventions – with a preview for 2022

A practical update on patenting computer-implemented inventions – with a preview for 2022 The American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (AIPLA) invited AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings and Conley Rose President Michael Piper to speak about patenting computer implemented inventions including artificial intelligence and computer simulation inventions at the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington DC on… Read more »

Protecting Digital Medtech Innovation

Protecting Digital Medtech Innovation This article was first published in BioScience Today.   For many years the medical technology (medtech) sector has been at the forefront of innovation and the Covid-19 pandemic has not slowed it down, with new technology quickly being developed to test for, prevent and treat the virus. Protecting medtech innovations can… Read more »

EPO rejects appeals against refusal of applications naming an AI system as inventor

EPO rejects appeals against refusal of applications naming an AI system as inventor Further to our earlier publication (https://www.aathornton.com/court-of-appeal-dabus-case/) reporting a UK Court of Appeal decision concerning the naming of an AI system DABUS as an inventor for a patent application, the European Patent Office (EPO) has now issued a decision on the corresponding European… Read more »

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