Legal Updates

Addressing discretion at the UKIPO

In a recent decision the UKIPO had to consider a party seeking to invalidate a design for lack of novelty in view of an earlier filed Chinese design patent and public sales pre-dating the application date of the UK design. In short, however, the meat of this case is a...

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Shining a light on evidence at the UK IPO

With Brexit approaching and companies insuring against the uncertainty that brings there has been a steady uptick in registered design filings over the last three years. This may ultimately lead to more infringement and validity cases making their way through the courts in the UK, including at the UK IPO....

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Harmonisation of the assessment of patentability of user interfaces between the UKIPO and EPO

A recent UKIPO decision, BL O/128/19, highlights a welcome harmonisation in the assessment of computer-implemented inventions involving user interface components at the UKIPO and EPO. The patent application in question, GB1308715.0, describes a user interface for controlling a thermostat that is adjusted in dependence on changes in ambient temperature. Specifically, a...

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T 0817/16 (Google): Searching for a technical effect

Last week the Board of Appeal issued a decision holding that Google’s patent application 04784004.6 was unallowable on grounds of inventive step. Amongst other things, the decision contains useful guidance relevant to applications containing a mixture of technical and non-technical subject matter. The take-homes from the decision are as follows:...

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UK Hearings Digest 2018

Our Computer Technology patent attorney team have produced a 2018 UK hearings digest that provides analysis of the decisions issued by the UK IPO relating to computer implemented inventions (CII). The digest provides practice points and points of difference between UK IPO practice and that of other offices around the...

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