Legal Updates

The Notional Business Person at the EPO II – New Hardware

The EPO Boards of Appeal have been developing a useful body of case law in the business method space in which the concept of a ‘notional business person’ is introduced in order to help with the task of determining just what can and cannot be included in the requirements specification...

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Hearings Digest 2019

Our Computer Technology patent attorney team have produced a 2019 UK hearings digest that provides analysis of the decisions issued by the UKIPO relating to computer implemented inventions (CII). Whether you work as in-house counsel or in overseas private practice, you should find the hints and tips for prosecuting CII applications useful,...

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UPC – Germany looking to get back on track

News on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) this month has been like London buses – no news for months and then one update, followed by another, and now a third. The latest news is that Christine Lambrecht, German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, has confirmed, following the decision...

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UPC stopped in its tracks by German courts

We recently reported that the UK would not be participating in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) following the UK leaving the EU. Now it is the turn of Germany to prolong the delay and uncertainty over the future of the UPC and UP by having its...

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UK SPCs: Beyond 2020

Supplementary Protection Certificates  (“SPCs”) can be obtained in the UK in the usual way throughout the rest of the Brexit transition period. But when we leave 2020, the process and the documents that may be relied upon are likely to change.This may depend upon ongoing EU-UK negotiations and any agreements...

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