Legal Updates

Success for Areva NP demonstrates strategic power of appeals

Earlier this year the EPO Boards of Appeal decided (in case T0625/11) to overturn a decision from the Examining Division and allow a European patent application for an invention relating to software. The patent application was filed by Areva NP, a French company involved in the design and supply of...

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The UK IPO comments on pre-Actavis infringement opinions

The ripples of the Actavis Lilly Supreme Court decision are slowly spreading throughout the UK IP ecosystem. Shortly before Arnold J gave his thoughts on claim construction in the new post-Actavis era in Mylan v Yeda and Teva [2017] EWHC 2629 (Pat), the UK IPO had to wrestle with how...

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Patents aiming to protect Google’s latest mapping software rejected by UK IPO

Google recently attempted to obtain UK patents for two related aspects of their mapping software. These patent applications were recently refused at a hearing by the UK IPO on the grounds that they relate to excluded subject matter. Google’s inventions related to mapping techniques in which geographic regions were generated...

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UK Supreme Court Rewrites the Rule Book on Patent Infringement

It didn’t make the 10 o’clock news but on 12 July 2017, with some irony, the UK courts took a decisive step towards Europe in changing the test for finding patent infringement.  The decision will be seen as a victory for patentees, however it provides uncertainty for third parties who...

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