Region: United Kingdom

UK plan to join CPTPP raises questions about European Patent Organisation membership

On the face of it, the Comprehensive and Permissive Trans Pacific Partnership’s provisions on the grace period run contrary to those that apply in the EPC

04 February 2021

Ocado steps up US patent fight with claims of PTO fraud against rival

The UK online retailer is in an increasingly bitter dispute over robot technology and has accused AutoStore of “serious abuses of the patenting process”

03 February 2021

Recent judicial appointments ensure UK remains safe pair of hands for IP disputes

The selection of James Mellor QC and Richard Meade QC as judges to sit in the Patents Court will help to calm jitters over the exit several specialists

03 February 2021

Fears over UK sufficiency rules are tempered by new court decision

There had been some concerns about the regime following the Supreme Court Regeneron judgment but a recent case has clarified the situation

28 January 2021

What you need to know about post-Brexit changes to the UK’s SPC system

Failures to update IP management following the New Year could be costly for life sciences businesses

17 December 2020

What you need to know about Brexit and patents

The end of the transition period, when EU law ceases to apply in most of the UK, is fast approaching and that means changes for IP owners and their advisers

09 December 2020

UK Wyeth vaccine patent invalidation teaches important lessons

Patent ruling, revolving around obviousness and common general knowledge, is the first to be handed down by new High Court judge, Meade J

07 December 2020

Chinese court to set global FRAND rate in Oppo-Sharp dispute

Oppo’s major win at the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court signifies that China is ready to have a bigger say on global SEP disputes

04 December 2020

Do not expect an electronic vehicle patent boom in the UK despite 2030’s petrol and diesel car sales ban

Plans announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not change the IP reality, which is that Germany is the only serious game in town for auto in Europe

27 November 2020

European champions: the private practice patent teams that dominate EPO oppositions

While Hoffmann Eitle sits at the top of the table, overall UK firms are beginning to supplant those from Germany

25 November 2020

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