Patents

AAT Insights – Electric car innovation in patents

David Blair gives us a brief insight into the history of electric car innovation in relation to patents.     The automotive industry is currently in the midst of great strides in innovation and development in the fields of electric vehicles, connected cars and autonomous driving. It is not surprising that technological advancements in the… Read more »

Jet suit patent granted…but what’s new?

Gravity Industries Ltd have successfully patented a Jet Suit, but how is this a ‘new’ invention?   On 13 March 2019 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) granted a patent (GB2559971) to a UK company, Gravity Industries Limited, for “A wearable flight system with propulsion assemblies worn on a user’s body”, otherwise known as a… Read more »

Patent protection of medical devices

Patent protection of medical devices – time for a rethink? This article was first published by Bio Science Today in March 2019   Introduction The duration of patent protection for medical devices is up to twenty years, as for any other type of device. Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, may be entitled to an extended… Read more »

AA Thornton attends the Wearable Technology Show 2019

Reporting on the Wearable Technology Show AA Thornton recently attended the Wearable Technology Show 2019 in London to explore the direction in which innovation is being driven in the wearables market. The event hosted an array of innovative start-ups, many of which were exhibiting ingenious technology derived from truly pioneering ideas. The technology on show… Read more »

Legal update: Eli Lilly v Genentech – Warner-Lambert

Eli Lilly v Genentech – Warner-Lambert Supreme Court Plausibility Test Applied Following the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision in Warner-Lambert v Generics in relation to plausibility at the end of last year, the UK High Court has recently applied the new plausibility test for the first time  in Eli Lilly v Genentech Inc.1 Eli Lilly… Read more »

AA Thornton’s letter of recommendation to the EPO 2019

AA Thornton’s advice for EPO management EPO President Mr António Campinos invited AA Thornton to provide recommendations for the EPO’s strategic plan for 2019-2023, and our letter is shown below. AA Thornton has actively encouraged the EPO in several of its recent initiatives. The ‘Early Certainty from Search’ scheme and the recent major reorganisation of… Read more »

Google Get Lucky

Google get lucky – Google win a patent dispute over their “I’m feeling lucky” button Google have been involved in a dispute with Israeli company Spring Ventures (previously Buy2 Networks) regarding their “I’m feeling lucky” button which, once clicked, takes the user straight to Google’s top-ranked search link. Spring Ventures asserted that the button infringed… Read more »

Julie Barrett-Major speaks at Queen Mary University

Reporting on the Queen Mary University’s Life Sciences, Cosmetics and Intellectual Property seminars for CNIPA   Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett-Major recently gave two 3-hour seminars at the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) earlier this month on Life Sciences, Cosmetics and Intellectual Property. The two seminars formed part of the QMUL’s programme of education and… Read more »

East Anglia Business Magazine: The Importance of Intellectual Property

The Importance of Intellectual Property   Associate Attorney, Christopher Burnett, recently wrote an article ‘The Importance of Intellectual Property’ for East Anglia in Business Magazine, and the full magazine can be read  here.. Chris’s article identifies different IP rights, what they protect and how they are obtained in order to then commercialise them. Below is… Read more »

An update on Supplementary Protection Certificates in Europe

European Commission proposes changes to Supplementary Protection Certificates Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are an intellectual property right that serve as an extension to a patent right (for up to five years) specific to pharmaceutical and plant products that must undergo extensive testing and clinical trials before being authorised by marketing authorities in Europe. Earlier in 2018,… Read more »

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