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.
3 November 2009