The EPO and UKIPO agree an inventor must be a natural person but offer different reasons for refusing to grant patent application to AI machine DABUS.
“Pay-for-delay” agreements have been considered by the CJEU for the first time in the case Generics UK vs Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), with the CJEU ruling that such agreements may contravene competition law.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced a pilot project to trial opposition hearings by video conference, which will run until 30 April 2021.
The World Health Organisation has now called for a broader sharing of knowledge, data and intellectual property in their Solidarity Call to Action, stating that "the single most important priority of the global community is to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks"
The recent Board of Appeal decision T1385/15 concerns European patent EP1865998, which claimed a disinfectant agent for killing bacterial, viruses and fungi through mechanical disinfection of a surface.
In an unsurprising but nevertheless disappointing move, the UK has unequivocally stated that they will not be part of the UPC, despite having ratified its agreement in April 2018.
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A party may not be able to accelerate appeal proceedings at the EPO if they initiate the proceedings in the name of another party in order to conceal their identity.
The Legal 500 UK 2021 has been published and East Midlands-based intellectual property (IP) firm, AdamsonJones, is proud to be included for the fifth consecutive year in the PATMA: Patent Attorney ranking.