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  • Large companies not “too big to pay” inventor compensation

    5 November 2019

    The UK Supreme Court has handed down their judgement in Shanks v Unilever [2019] UKSC 45 (found here)  in which they considered the issue of employee compensation, and under what circumstances would an employee be entitled to further compensation for an invention they had invented as part of their normal duties. The decision of the […]

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  • Text intended for grant, or “unintended” for grant as the case may be

    4 November 2019

    A recent case (T1003/19) has highlighted what can go wrong at the grant stage of a European patent, but gives hope for applicants that have not checked the text intended for grant as closely as they might have done. The decision by the Board of Appeal essentially found that if there is enough evidence that […]

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  • Withers & Rogers shortlisted for the This Can Happen Awards 2019

    29 October 2019

    Withers & Rogers Diversity & Inclusion group has been shortlisted for HR / Wellbeing Team of the Year at the inaugural This Can Happen Awards 2019. In its first year, the This Can Happen Awards celebrates and recognises companies and individuals from across all sectors, who have shown excellence in their approach towards positive mental […]

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  • Home or Away – All Due Care still required for the EPO

    1 August 2019

    Anyone involved with patent prosecution will know that deadlines are an everyday fact of life.  Missing a time limit set by the European Patent Office (EPO) can result in a loss of rights, which can be irreversible. This article discusses a decision by the EPO Board of Appeal on a case where a deadline was […]

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  • New Munich Office Address

    3 June 2019

    As of 1 June, we have a new office location in Munich, on Kaulbach Strasse, Schwabing, in the heart of Munich.  Uli Wittmann, who joined us as a Partner on 1 April, along with Ute Pfaller and Henriette März, and other colleagues including Trainee Attorneys and Paralegals. The new office will host a total of […]

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  • Innovation by Artificial Intelligence and the role of AI in pharmaceutical discovery

    31 May 2019

    Through the ability of Artificial Intelligence, the health care sector can find solutions to effective treatment to cure diseases.   Partner, Adrian Tombling explores why AI is huge for drug research and what impact this could have on the pharmaceutical industry. As AI is created by a computer, it does raise the question, who owns […]

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