European Commission publishes guidance Notice on impact of Brexit on Supplementary Protection Certificates


The European Commission has published the following notice on 24 April 2018 concerning the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union (“Brexit”) on the system for obtaining Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). The SPC system provides for patent term extension for certain medicines and agrochemical requiring the grant of a marketing authorisation to be placed on the market in Europe.

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Kilburn & Strode opens in The Hague


We’re pleased to announce that we’ve opened a new office in The Hague, where the European Patent Office (EPO) has its second-largest presence, after Munich. Together with our offices in London and Munich, we believe our new space in The Hague makes us the only leading firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys with a presence in each of these three European centres of IP.

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Life Sciences and Chemistry team welcomes a new Senior Associate


We are delighted to welcome new Senior Associate Mark Abthorpe to our Life Sciences and Chemistry team. Mark joins us as a lateral hire from another London-based firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.

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NEWS FLASH – UK Ratified the UPC Agreement today


In a dramatic twist in the fortunes of the UPC, the UK government ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement at 1630 today. That leaves Germany as the outlier and all eyes will now be trained on the constitutional tussle in the German courts.

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Giving back to create change: Kilburn & Strode launches Innovation for All Foundation on World IP Day 2018


On World IP Day 2018, Kilburn & Strode launched our Innovation for All Foundation. Charitable in nature, 1% of annual profits now provide support and resource to get most creative ideas and brilliant visions off the ground.

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Inventions that made the modern running shoe


With the London Marathon just around the corner, Gregory St Clair Jones and Nico Cousens take a look at some of the many inventions that have shaped the modern running shoe we know today. Things have moved on somewhat since Pheidippides ran the nearly 25 miles from Marathon to Athens barefoot in 490 BC. Apparently, the extra 1.2 miles were added at 1908 Summer Olympics to accommodate the royal box of British royal family at the finish line.

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EPO update - Postponement postponed!


On 9 February 2018, CIPA was invited to attend an EPO consultation in Rijswijk to discuss a proposal for postponed examination. CIPA President Stephen Jones and Patents Committee member Laurence Lai attended the talks and report back on the current version of the EPO’s plans, as well as CIPA’s input to the consultation.

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Who’s Who Legal says ‘Kilburn & Strode lead the way in the European market’


We are very pleased to announce Kilburn & Strode has achieved six listings in the Patent Agents & Attorneys 2018: Analysis conducted by Who’s Who Legal.

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Improving Employee Well-being: Drop by Drop


Employers are always thirsty for ways to keep their people healthy and well. We’ve tried all sorts in the last 12 months: yoga and mindfulness in the office, talks on sleep and mental health. Has it made a difference? Perhaps for some.

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Updated LexisNexis Practice Note - 'Managing a trade mark portfolio’


This Practice Note provides strategic and practical advice on managing a trade mark portfolio. It covers the issues to take into account when setting up the portfolio and best practice for maintaining it, including advice on management issues such as: dealing with deadlines; renewals; and budgeting.

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