A number of reforms to the European Union trade mark system came into force on 1 October 2017.
The EPO announced on 29 June 2017 that they have decided to change their practice to exclude plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes from patentability.
A clearer and more uniform regime for handling unjustified IP threats in the UK.
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued new guidance on how to represent designs in registered design applications.
The European Patent Office has adopted stricter requirements for recording the assignment of European patents and patent applications.
Innovate UK has launched its latest funding competition, as part of the BioMedical Catalyst scheme.
Cambodia now looks set to become the first Asian country to recognise European patents, having signed a validation agreement to extend the effect of European patents to Cambodia.
The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) has become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), following the unveiling of its Royal Charter.
The UK government has now announced that it is indeed proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement
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.