Patents

European Commission launches feedback period on SEPs

European Commission launches feedback period on SEPs As part of the European Commission’s (EC) initiative titled ‘Intellectual property – new framework for standard essential patents’, the EC has now published a call for evidence and a public consultation on standard essential patents (SEPs).  This planned consultation was mentioned in our earlier article reporting the UK… 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 »

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 »

AAT Insights – Court of Appeal confirms requirement for human inventor in ‘DABUS’ case

Court of Appeal confirms requirement for human inventor in ‘DABUS’ case   On 21 September 2021 the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in THALER v COMPTROLLER GENERAL concerning allowability of UK patents having an AI based machine known as DABUS (short for Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience) listed as an inventor. A… Read more »

Innovate UK Smart Grants – Competition Opens!

Innovate UK Smart Grants – Competition Opens! Innovate UK are “the UK’s innovation agency” and are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which is a national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Their mission is to “drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential… Read more »

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