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Important Change to “Ten Day Rule” of the EPC

Author: Leonita Paulrja   On 14 October 2022, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) voted to remove the ‘ten day rule’ under Rule 126(2) EPC. Under current EPO practice, unless it can be shown to be later, a notification is deemed to be made ten days after the date shown on the communication (even… Read more »

EPO announce Video Conference as default format of Oral Proceedings

EPO President António Campinos has announced that from 1 January 2023 video conference (VICO) will be the default format of Oral Proceedings before the examining and opposition divisions, the Legal Division and the Receiving Section.   Oral Proceedings “…may be held on the premises of the European Patent Office, either at the request of a… Read more »

Cambridge Engineers Crack Cement Conundrum

Cambridge Engineers file patent to world’s first zero emissions cement Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world.  It is strong, durable and versatile.  Cement is a key ingredient that makes up concrete, along with water, sand and gravel, and acts as the binding material, hardening with water and tying together all… Read more »

Ironman? Superman – PART 3

PART 1 can be read here PART 2 can be read here   Part 3 – The Bike After looking at the technology behind the goggles and swimsuit of Matthews and Blummenfelt in our earlier articles (links above) we now take a brief look at arguably the most high-tech piece of kit – the bike…. Read more »

UKIPO issues guidance on protecting AI innovations

In September 2022, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published guidelines setting out the practice within the IPO for the examination of patent applications for inventions relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI). This guidance follows the government’s response to a call for views on AI and intellectual property, which committed the IPO to publish these enhanced… Read more »

Could a New High Revving Rotary Engine Really Take Off?

Author: Alex Bone Astron Aerospace (“Astron”) is seeking to build interest in its patented multi-fuel rotary engine design, the Omega One.  The company says that the Omega One can produce 160hp and 170 ft-lbs of torque from a package weighing less than 16kg.  The design is modular so that, if more power is required, Omega… Read more »

Ironman? Superman – PART 2

Patent Attorney and keen “endurance eventer” Stuart Greenwood continues his dive into the world of IRONMAN to report on the breaking of the latest seemingly unbreakable athletic barrier and the technology that helped make it possible.   PART 1 can be read here   Part 2 – The Swimsuit After looking at the technology behind… Read more »

IP and AI – UK Government publishes response to second consultation

Author: Fergus Brown   On 28 June 2022, the UKIPO published its response (here) addressing the second consultation on the interplay between artificial intelligence and intellectual property, which ran from October 2021 to January 2022. The consultation sought input on three specific areas: Copyright protection for computer-generated works (CGWs) without a human author; Licensing or… Read more »

WIPO Green: A forum for green technology

Author: Lucy O’Brien   WIPO Green launched in 2013 as an online database for users to exchange needs and solutions in the field of green technology, with green technology being defined in by the United Nations as technologies that “protect the environment, are less polluting, use all resources in a more sustainable manner, recycle more… Read more »

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