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How to Make Sure your Exports Create Reward Not Risk

  On 16th March, Nathalie John spoke at the Export Connections panel event held by the FDEA in partnership with DIT to discuss the key issues for food and drink businesses to consider from a trade mark perspective in order to mitigate risk and maximise their growth: Selecting the right...

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Practical Claim Drafting Tips for Computer Implemented Inventions In View of G1/19

  The EPO’s Enlarged Board of appeal handed down decision G1/19 on 10 March 2021. This decision concerns the patentability of computer simulations under the European Patent Convention (EPC). While primary applicability of this decision is of course to simulation inventions, the Enlarged Board emphasised in the decision that simulations...

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Simulating the EPC Guidelines after G1/19

  As part of the fallout from the recent G1/19 decision, the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO will have to be updated to reflect the new law. Though there is a bit of a wait until the next update (the latest revisions just came into force on 1 March...

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Has the Patentability of Computer Simulations Changed in Europe Following the Recent Decision in G1/19?

  On 10 March 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the EPO issued the long-anticipated decision G 1/19 concerning the patentability of computer simulations. Before this decision, the standard for determining patentability in this area was dictated by case law established by the lower courts of appeal at the...

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Does the Latest Simulations Decision from the Enlarged Board in G1/19 Move Us Closer to European Harmonisation?

  Of course, they won’t come out and say it, but the answer to our mind is undoubtedly yes – whether that was on purpose or not, only the EPO will know. In 2011, the UK Courts reined in the UK IPO and their (arguably) over-zealous restrictions on computer-implemented inventions...

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