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A new ‘parth-way’ around Article 53(a) EPC for inventions requiring the use of human embryonic stem cell lines

A recent change in EPO practice allows for European patent applications requiring the use of human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines to avoid the morality exclusion of Article 53(a) EPC, provided the effective date of the application is on or after 5 June 2003. By way of background, according to...

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5 more myths about brands and designs – answered!

This article is part 2 of 2. See here for part 1. 1)      We can use whatever Google AdWords we want to advertise our own products and services – consumers can’t see them WRONG!  Google AdWords is a keyword advertising service which allows an advertiser to pay to have its...

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5 myths about brands and designs – answered!

This article is part 1 of 2. See here for part 2. 1)      It doesn’t matter how we use ® and TM WRONG!  ® should only be used for registered trade marks – using it when a trade mark is not registered is a criminal offence in the UK whereas TM...

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Reducing sugar and the impact on intellectual property for food & drink

With consumer and regulatory attention increasingly turning to the amount of sugar contained in food and drink, manufacturers are facing new challenges. There is no doubt that this issue will continue to be central to the industry. Recent coverage of Jamie Oliver’s weight loss and calls for a “sugar tax”...

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How much use is “use” of a Community trade mark and the return of the National Mark?

The principal of “use it or lose it” is well-established in the field of trade marks. That is to say, use your registered mark for the designated products/services, or run the risk of a) difficulties in enforcing your rights in opposition/infringement actions and/or b) (part-) cancellation of your registration for...

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