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  • Court of Appeal Rejects Rovi’s Claim Construction

    27 January 2016

    Claim language remains all important in determining the scope of protection of a granted patent. Whilst the disclosure of the patent as a whole should be considered in order to understand a claimed invention, it is the specific language that is used in the claims that sets out the scope of the protection. In the […]

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  • Finland becomes ninth country to ratify UPC Agreement

    21 January 2016

    On 19 January 2016, Finland deposited its instrument of ratification, becoming the ninth country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. This means that only four more countries, including the UK and Germany, are required to ratify the Agreement before it takes effect. Please see our updated UP and UPC pages for the latest […]

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  • EU Trade Mark Law Reform

    18 January 2016

    The European Council has published news of impending changes to the Community Trade Mark Regulation and a new Trade Mark Directive, most of which will come into effect in March 2016. The changes do away with some of the idiosyncrasies which have made European trade mark law less accessible to the non-professional public. Most saliently, […]

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  • The Unitary Patent – how far away is it now?

    13 January 2016

    Unitary Patent (UP) The UP draws ever closer, and recent events suggest early 2017 is the hot favourite for commencement. If you haven’t considered the ramifications of the UP for your business yet, now is the time to start. The Select Committee, who set the rules and fees for the UP, recently announced that their […]

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  • Medical Use Claims – The More the Better after all?

    4 January 2016

    It has been common drafting practice to include both pre-EPC 2000 Swiss-type claims and post-EPC 2000 purpose-limited second medical use claims in the same patent application. ¬†Once again, whether this is allowable or not, has been considered by the EPO Boards of Appeal. At the start of last year we reported to you that the […]

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  • UK Government publishes draft legislation on ‘Patent Box II’

    1 January 2016

    Patent Box is a UK tax scheme whereby UK companies pay a reduced rate of corporation tax on profits generated from patented technology.¬† Shortly after the scheme came into effect in April 2013 it came under attack from foreign governments and this led to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issuing its requirements […]

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