Legal Updates

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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Positive start for excluded subject matter objections at the UKIPO for 2020

The New Year has started off on a positive footing for applicants with the UKIPO issuing its first decision of 2020 relating to excluded subject matter. The hearing officer found in favour of the applicant Lenovo, one of the most prolific attendees of hearing in the past few years, that...

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UPC – For EU, but not for us.

The UK has supported the creation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) since its inception. In recent years, the government has fought for London to have part of the main branch of the Court, provided much of the backing and development for the UP infrastructure and...

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T1621/16 – GJE Cleans Up at the EPO Board of Appeal

Gill Jennings & Every LLP has an extensive EPO opposition practice and has long played a leading role in the development of EPO case law. The EPO Board of Appeal has recently issued a rare ‘B’ decision in case T1621/16, where the patentee was represented by John Fisher (Partner at...

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