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  • Is it important to know your enemies? Not according to the EPO.

    14 May 2021

    Ever been attacked by a “straw man”? No? Well that might be because this normally happens only in horror movies. Nevertheless, to a patent attorney this could be a real possibility when representing clients in opposition proceedings at the EPO. It has long been established in EPO case law that an opposition against a European […]

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  • What’s in a chemical claim?

    10 May 2021

    If you’re reading this article you will probably know that it is a patent claim that defines the monopoly sought. Because of this, it is often regarded as the most important part of a patent application and whilst this may or may not be true, it is certain that the claims are subject to the […]

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  • A message from our new Chair, Fiona McBride

    1 April 2021

    I am very pleased to announce that as of 1st April 2021, I will be stepping into the position of Chair of Withers & Rogers. The past year has been challenging in many ways, and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the agenda on how we emerge from the pandemic […]

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  • Zoom-ing towards an IP crash?

    15 March 2021

    Nick Wallin is a Partner at Withers & Rogers and head of our Electronics, Computing & Physics group. He recently shared his thoughts with Computing about how a lack of IP protection could make Zoom’s success short-lived. In the space of just a few weeks in the Spring of last year, video conferencing platform Zoom […]

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  • All software patents are equal! – EPO Decision G1/19

    12 March 2021

    A recent judgement relating to software patents has put to rest earlier concerns about the law being of an Orwellian nature similar to… ‘All software patents are equal – but some software patents are more equal than others.’ The G1/19 decision by the European Patent Office issued on 10 March gives absolute clarity on a […]

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  • Claiming Priority at the EPO

    10 March 2021

    It is important to ensure that a patent application correctly claims priority.  There have been a number of cases before the EPO where this has not been done and the priority date has been lost, resulting in the application being refused, or the granted patent being revoked, due to prior art published during the priority […]

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