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The Nagoya Protocol and the UK – are you compliant?

The Nagoya Protocol and the UK – are you compliant? The Nagoya Protocol has been in force in the UK since October 2015 and obliges users of genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources to comply with due diligence requirements before its ‘utilisation’. There is also an obligation to make a due diligence… Read more »

Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation

Deadline approaching for the Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation – your input needed for potential changes to RDEC and SME R&D Relief Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation: The UK government intends to raise investment in research and development to 2.4% of UK GDP by 2027 and wants to ensure that one of the key incentives for… Read more »

Antibodies – EPO user consultation on new EPO guidelines

AA Thornton’s Pharma & Biotech experts contribute to the European Patent Office’s peer consultation on the EPOs Guidelines for Examination; Part G chapter II,  section 5.6 concerning Antibodies. On 1st March 2021 the EPO published new guidelines for the examination of claims to antibodies which has raised some some specific concerns regarding the proposed wording… Read more »

G1/21 – EPO continues oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition

Lloyd Palmer provides a short update on the EPO’s decision to continue oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition during pendency of referral G1/21 You can read the EPO news item on G1/21 here. Making predictions within the global uncertainty of the past few years has been a risky business. From unpredictable US elections… Read more »

UK Government ‘call for views on AI & IP’ response – Patents

AA Thornton’s AI experts contributed to the UK government review of artificial intelligence and intellectual property and have been monitoring developments. Mike Jennings and LLoyd Palmer provide this summary of recent government progress The UK Government has published the responses it received to its 2020 “Call for views on AI and IP” and published its… Read more »

Lack of enablement in Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron

Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron: Broad antibody patents held invalid for lack of enablement in US Lack of enablement: A conclusion of lack of enablement means that the disclosure provided in the patent specification, at the time the application was filed, would not have taught one skilled in the art how to make and/or use the full… Read more »

Patenting in the Pandemic

Partner Dr. Lawrence King reflects on Patenting in the Pandemic and the importance of locking down innovation in troubled times in this article, first published in The Chemical Engineer. The importance of locking down innovation in troubled times TO MOST, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent, published in October 1850, remains one of Charles Dickens’ lesser-known… Read more »

UKIPO “Green Channel” – can the patent system encourage more innovation in green technologies?

Partners Mike Jennings and Alex Bone explore the UKIPO “Green Channel” At AA Thornton, our patent attorneys have a long history of assisting innovators seeking protection for a variety of green technology including solar technology, waste processing and wind turbines.  Some of our clients were kind enough to share their stories with us, and you… Read more »

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