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Government’s digitisation strategy – too little, too late

Peter Arrowsmith, a partner and patent attorney who leads GJE’s Computer Technology sector team, has commented in The Times Legal Brief on the launch of the UK Government’s Digital Strategy initiative. His view is that too little money has been pledged to encourage British universities to protect their intellectual property....

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Exam success for GJE patent trainees

We are pleased to announce that four of our patent trainees, Ashley Earl, Guy Edwards, Stanley Heath and Kevin Tipping have passed the QM Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. This achievement takes them one step further towards becoming Chartered Patent Attorneys. At GJE, we are committed to the professional development...

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Validation agreement signed between EPO and Cambodia

On 23 January 2017, a validation agreement was signed between the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the European Patent Organisation to extend, upon request of the applicant, European patent applications and patents to Cambodia. The agreement has not yet entered into force but is expected to do...

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Italy ratifies Agreement on Unified Patent Court

Italy has ratified the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) bringing the number of countries to have ratified the Agreement to twelve (confirmation can be found here). With the UPC Agreement currently unable to come into effect until the UK and Germany have also ratified the Agreement, it is...

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Incredible! – The Plausibility Threshold for the Technical Effect is Raised by the EPO – T688/16

Last week saw the revocation of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) European patent no. 1169038, which claimed the $1.6 billion a year anti-cancer drug dasatinib, aka Sprycel®. GJE partner, Arnie Clarke, who was representing an opponent in these proceedings, explains the decision and its potentially far-reaching consequences. Background and Issues The patent...

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