Over the past few years, the issue of partial priority and the associated risk of self-collision has become a real problem faced by European patent applicants and attorneys.
IP strategy in the UK is often seen as a niche area of interest reserved for start-ups bringing new technology to market or multinational manufacturers.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has released “Fast Facts 2017” detailing some key statistics about trends in investment by UK companies in intellectual property rights (IPRs).
The UK government has announced that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement but will broader political issues still prove an obstacle to implementation of the unitary patent?
Many in the IP world are keen to see the Unitary Patent come into effect and for a way to be found for the UK to participate in it, even if no longer a member of the EU.
The theme of the 2020 conference is Sustainable Manufacturing and will discuss strategies for manufacturing products in a way that aims to reduce pollution, energy use and waste, whilst remaining commercially viable.
Although a stay of national proceedings is the ‘default’ position in the UK, the stay was refused in this instance because of the combination of an absolute right of appeal, a minimum of two years to appeal and the potential of the ping pong effect before the EPO.