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  • SPCs can be used for compounds hidden within generic claims

    23 May 2017

    Please note: This High Court decision has been overturned and referred to the CJEU. Click here to read our latest update. In good news for pharmaceutical patent owners, the England and Wales High Court has confirmed here that an SPC is allowable for a compound that is not specifically identified in a patent but (a) […]

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  • Court of appeal ruling in KitKat case is a blow for Nestle

    17 May 2017

    Tania Clark, partner and trade mark attorney said: “This decision is a blow for Nestle and its attempt to register a trade mark for the four-fingered shape of its KitKat chocolate bar, which began in 2010, has been rejected by the Court of Appeal. “The Court of Appeal’s decision means rival manufacturers such as Cadbury […]

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  • UK to join Hague Agreement in 2018

    9 May 2017

    It has been announced that the UK intends to ratify the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs by 31st March 2018 and will be in a position to launch the service on 6th April 2018. The Hague Agreement enables applicants to seek protection of registered designs/design patents in over 66 territories through a […]

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  • UPC reason ten: Simplicity…

    3 May 2017

    The unitary patent system offers much greater simplicity for users. Instead of having to validate and renew a granted European patent on a country-by-country basis, innovators will be able to achieve the same protection with a single Unitary Patent maintained by a single renewal fee. That means fewer deadlines to remember and fewer reminder emails […]

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