UK Parliament on track for UPC ratification
Italy becomes the 12th country to ratify the UPC Agreement
On 10 February 2017, Italy took the necessary steps to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. In doing so, it has become the 12th country to ratify.
EPO announces Patent Prosecution Highway pilot scheme with Russian patent office
The European Patent Office has announced a Patent Prosecution Highway pilot scheme with the Russian Patent Office. Information on the scheme can be found here.
UK Government faces Brexit political pressure on UPC
The UK Government’s plans to proceed with the UK’s involvement in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) are facing political pressure from those who consider it conflicts with the result of the Brexit referendum.
Second medical use claims – guidance on infringement
It had been hoped that a recent decision would provide some guidance on the infringement of the second medical use patents and how generic companies can safely launch onto the market. Read more on this in our update.
New team members join our thriving Chemistry group
Kilburn & Strode is pleased to announce two new hires to bolster our ever-growing chemistry practice. James Snaith and Stephen Solomon joined the firm late last year, in short succession, to add to a diverse and talented team.
UK Government White Paper released outlining a ‘Brexit’ plan
Today the government published the White Paper, which sets out the themes for its negotiations with the EU. The White Paper confirms that the government will indeed seek to end the jurisdiction of the CJEU in the UK.
EPO proceedings stayed for cases that rely upon undisclosed disclaimers
In the face of recent uncertainty, it was announced that the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal will provide further clarification on how an undisclosed disclaimer can be reconciled with the EPO gold standard for added matter. Therefore, the EPO has outlined that some examination, opposition and appeal proceedings depending entirely on that outcome will be stayed.
Recent article by Kilburn & Strode in the Solicitors Journal on trade marks for animals
According to Ben, new technological methods of communication mean pet owners are forced to come to terms with traditional intellectual property and trade mark law to exercise control over their business.
The European Patent Office – steps forward, steps back?
The IP world has been hearing about a fairly chaotic time at the European Patent Office and it is sometimes difficult to assess whether the overall mood is one of improvement or regression. The root cause is very much the productivity/delay issues that have set the EPO for many years.