The European Patent Convention requires that an applicant filing an application at the European Patent Office (EPO) that claims priority…Read More
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ViCo no-go at EPO?
Friday, 28 May 2021 saw a first in Oral Proceedings at the European Patent Office with the live streaming of…Read More
Is the EPO pro-biotic? Protecting microbiome-friendly inventions
Purchasing habits across the Western world are evolving, and one of the major drivers of changing Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)…Read More
Post-Brexit trade mark rights: Barker Brettell explains the updated processes
At the end of the Brexit transition period the UKIPO created comparable UK rights for all EU registrations and EU…Read More
Branching out: how to protect your business in new territories
The Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit may have caused an, albeit temporary, double whammy of business uncertainty, but important commercial opportunities…Read More
Catherine Wiseman marks 25 years at Barker Brettell
One of the world’s leading trade mark professionals – and home-grown talent – Catherine Wiseman, is celebrating 25 years at…Read More
The material world of aerospace: superalloys and coatings
2020 was not the easiest year for the aerospace industry. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention,…Read More
Blue dye thinking?
The disappearance of blue Smarties® was a hammer blow that echoed through the mid-noughties. Nestlé®, reacting to fears that artificial…Read More
Going beyond graphene: the emergence of novel two-dimensional materials
Graphene was once described as a “rising star on the horizon of materials science”, and since then has been the…Read More
New drug development built on solid foundations: how patent law actively encourages incorporating existing products
To receive patent protection an invention needs to be, among other things, new. This would normally stop an existing product…Read More
Saving grace? Possibilities for patent protection after disclosure
Although patent systems around the world vary in their approach to patentability, one common requirement is that an invention must…Read More
Why 3D technology gives hope to complex hip replacement cases
With so many of 2020’s headlines focussed on Covid and Brexit we can be forgiven for letting an important anniversary…Read More