Steve Jones has returned from the European Patent Office in Munich where he successfully defended a patent that we obtained for client The Boots Company PLC. The patent, relating to sunscreen compositions, had been opposed by German company Beiersdorf AG, which alleged that the invention was obvious and therefore not patentable. Following the hearing on 2 November 2009, the Opposition Division of the EPO decided to reject the opposition. The patent therefore survives without amendment.
Simon Cooper and Ann Wright attended the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Patricia® User Group in Seville, Spain from 25-27 October. Patricia® is the computerised records management system that we use to monitor deadlines and workflow in our office. Simon and Ann gleaned much useful information at the meeting, which will help in the ongoing development of our in-house operational systems.
A team from AdamsonJones recently took part in the Cooper Parry Corporate Challenge, a half-marathon (13.1 mile) relay.
We are pleased to announce that Claire Mountain, formerly our Administration Manager, has been appointed to the newly created role of Practice Manager. Claire will retain overall responsibility for our Adminstration functions, but will now also play a leading part in the development of office procedures and systems that maintain the quality standards that we insist upon.
Andrea Harkness is our newly appointed Accounts Administrator, having joined us from another local firm where she performed a similar role.
Further expansion at AdamsonJones has seen the appointment of a new Senior Patent Assistant, Paul Loughrey. Paul holds Masters degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London, and has gained experience with two other patent firms prior to joining us.
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.