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New routes to freedom to operate in the UK

What can you do when you find your path to the UK market impeded by a UK patent? [a].  Historically, removing such a freedom to operate obstacle would have required costly litigation in the UK courts, a product work-around, or taking a license. A work-around is not always possible, or...

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The Relationship Between Food Labelling & Patents

Consumer and government attention continues to focus on sugar content bringing new challenges to those in the food and drink industry. In America the FDA has recently announced a new food labelling regime requiring food manufacturers to identify all “added sugars” in their products.[a] It used to be the case...

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Why Patent Computer-Implemented Inventions?

The patenting of computer-implemented inventions is one of the most controversial and hotly debated topics in IP today. Influenced by lobby groups on both sides of the debate, legislators are under increasing pressure to set out a clear and comprehensive approach to protecting software innovations. On one side, companies and...

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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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