Legal Updates

IP News: A Roundup of Recent Developments

  The following summaries collate a selection of the latest IP news in the UK, at the European Patent Office (EPO), and in relation to PCT (international) applications. The summaries have been prepared by members of our patent team, and so focus primarily on patent matters, but also have some...

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The New World of Video Conference Hearings at the EPO – An Evolving Situation

  The world of European patent law has since its beginning been an ever-changing one, unsurprisingly given its basis in the development of new technologies. In the last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that the European Patent Office (EPO) has had to rapidly adapt its practice on inter partes...

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EPO Guidelines 2021 Update – Data Storage & Searching and Natural Language Processing

  The EPO has just issued a preview of the next iteration of their Guidelines for Examination. This new version officially comes into force on 1 March 2021 but the EPO has provided an early release to allow applicants and attorneys to familiarise themselves with the changes before they go...

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Intellectual Property Rights Lead to Higher Performance in European Businesses

  Summary The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have just released a joint report based on a detailed study of over 127,000 European firms from all 27 EU member states and the UK. According to this analysis, firms that own intellectual property rights...

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Satoshi Nakamoto surfaces to file for a UK patent application … or does he?

  Last year provided many surprises, from the emergence of a global pandemic to Liverpool winning the Premier League. However, an unexpected event which appears to have gone under the radar was the possible emergence of Satoshi Nakamoto, the unidentified and elusive inventor of Bitcoin, at a patent hearing at...

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