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  • Unitary Patent Package expected to enter into force in December 2017

    16 January 2017

    An official statement from the Unified Patent Court (UPC) website, published today (found here), has outlined a rough timetable for the UPC becoming operational. If all continues as expected, the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) and the Court itself should be up and running in December 2017. This would mean that the ‘Unitary […]

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  • Court of Appeal provides clarification “about” numerical values

    3 January 2017

    The use of numerical ranges and values to accurately describe the amount of ingredients present in a composition or formulation is a widely used approach in patent specifications, especially in the field of pharmaceuticals and formulation chemistry.  Patentees need to clearly define the limits of various active ingredients, excipients and the like in order to […]

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  • Michael Jaeger unpacks HMRC’s report on the initial uptake of the UK’s Patent Box

    23 December 2016

    The UK’s Patent Box came into effect on 1 April 2013. Under the scheme UK companies are able to pay a reduced rate of Corporation Tax on certain profits derived from patented technology. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published its first report¹ on the uptake of the scheme on 14 September 2016, and that report […]

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  • EPO puts brakes on essentially biological processes

    15 December 2016

    In frustrating news for the biotech industry, we can report that the European Patent Office (EPO) has decided to suspend all examination and opposition proceedings for inventions concerning plants/animals that are obtained by means of essentially biological processes.  This follows a recent non-binding Notice from the European Commission (EC) regarding the interpretation of certain aspects […]

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  • The Final Twist: Rubik’s Cube Trade Mark Declared Invalid by EU Court

    1 December 2016

    On 10 November 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that the famous Rubik’s Cube could not be a registered trade mark. This marks the end of a ten year tussle over the registrability of one of the world’s best-selling toys of all time. The trade mark in question is Seven […]

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  • Taking the sting out of poisonous divisionals

    30 November 2016

    The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) has today indicated in case G1/15 that the so-called issue of “poisonous divisionals” has been put to rest.  The background context to this is that there had been concerns that it might be legally possible for a divisional patent application to be held […]

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