The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China has made some revisions to its Patent Examination Guidelines. The revisions will…Read More
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Will the new Spanish patent law bring harmony in Europe?
A new Spanish patent law will come into place from 1 April 2017 which will have the effect of harmonising…Read More
IP for AI: can we patent an artificial human expert?
Recently there have been several stories in the media about how we are all at risk of being replaced by…Read More
Brum’s booming with entrepreneurs
The rest of the country is just beginning to realise what Barker Brettell has known for many years: Birmingham is…Read More
Grants up, backlog down – EPO Annual report 2016
2016 was an interesting year for the EPO. Applications remained broadly flat at around 160,000, but (as we previously reported…Read More
EPO and ROSPATENT pilot PPH programme
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Russian Patent Office (ROSPATENT) have agreed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme…Read More
Continental comparisons – EU vs US design rights
In the third article in our series on design protection Carrie Johnson, patent attorney and partner, compares and contrasts the…Read More
USPTO decides – no interference for CRISPR patents
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board handed down its decision, on 15 February 2017,…Read More
Why innovation is at the root of the gardening industry’s success
It’s an industry traditionally associated with unhurried rejuvenation and relaxation, but in reality keeping ahead of trends is challenging in…Read More
Flexible packaging – friend or foe?
In this article we look at some innovations taking place in the field of packaging, especially flexible plastic packaging. There…Read More
Barker Brettell launches ‘Euro IP’ microsite for US paralegals
Birmingham headquartered Intellectual Property (IP) advisor Barker Brettell LLP, has launched ‘Euro IP’ – a microsite designed specifically for US…Read More
European patents granted soar by 40 per cent in 2016
2016 proved to be a busy year for the EPO, with more European patents granted than ever before. Information from…Read More