Chemistry

Chemical Oppositions – Can Experimental Data be the Key to Success? Part 2

There is a nine-month window in which anyone can oppose the grant of a European patent. If the opponent is successful, the patent can be limited to a scope that they can work around, or the patent can even be revoked entirely. Filing an opposition can therefore be an extremely...

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Chemical Oppositions – Can Experimental Data be the Key to Success? Part 1

There is a nine-month window in which anyone can oppose the grant of a European patent. If the opponent is successful, the patent can be limited to a scope that they can work around, or the patent can even be revoked entirely. Filing an opposition can therefore be an extremely...

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The chemistry of collaboration

From Paul Allen founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, to Ben and Jerry creating their much loved ice cream flavours, many of our modern technologies and luxuries are the product of collaboration. Those within R&D will know the value of collaboration – rarely do breakthroughs result from the work of just...

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Chemistry and the skilled person

Almost undoubtedly, those with an interest in the patent field will have heard patent attorneys and examiners alike talk about “the skilled person”. This fictitious person represents a standard against which numerous aspects of patentability are assessed. But who is this “skilled person”? What capabilities and expertise do they have,...

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Intellectual property could be the key to success in plastics

The PET plastic bottle is an old technology, but is ubiquitous for a reason. It has a lot of advantageous qualities: it’s cheap, durable and easily moulded into different shapes. However, the shortcomings in its suitability for recycling are well-documented. Along with other plastic products, the plastic bottle’s negative impact...

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