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Has the European Patent Office over-turned the Enlarged Board of Appeal decisions on patentability of products of essentially biological processes?

The European Patent Convention (EPC) excludes from patentability inventions consisting of plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals (this does not apply to microbiological processes or the products thereof).  An “essentially biological process” is defined in the EPC as consisting entirely of...

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Brewers in the Community- SIBA Report

The recent ‘Brewers in the Community’ SIBA Report, published on the 13th June, highlighted the craft brewery trend which is booming across the UK. The high demand for craft beer in pubs and retail has contributed to the meteoric rise of the industry, which has resulted in the creation of...

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Intellectual property and disruptive technologies: how to protect your innovation

In today’s digital-driven economy there is hardly an industry that is not evolving through digital innovation. The IP needs of those disrupting an industry are different from those of the incumbent companies, but are no less important. A well thought out IP strategy is absolutely necessary for a startup to...

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New EU Medical Device Regulations Arrive

Following four years of negotiations, the new EU Regulation on Medical Devices (MDR) (Regulation (EU) 2017/745) and Regulation on In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDR) (Regulation (EU) 2017/746) came into effect on 26 May 2017.[a] These regulations apply to a broad range of products – from syringes and bandages to hip replacements and...

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How to build a successful food & drink business

On the evening of the 20th of April 2017 we hosted an audience of food & drink manufacturers at every stage of their life-cycle, from pre-launch and start-ups through to more mature businesses and internationally recognisable brands. We gave them access to a panel made up of Philippa Sturt, a corporate and...

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