On 21 June 2013, we reported a consultation issued by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) as to the possibility of a new, ‘superfast’ patent granting procedure. In short, for those with the inclination (and the capital) the proposal offered a new, accelerated route to a granted patent that would offer a turnaround time of […]
Insights: September 2013
Intellectual property rights exist to encourage and reward innovation. However, they can be misused to stifle new ideas and inventions. Infringement litigation can be disruptive and expensive, and the mere threat of such litigation may cause significant commercial damage to legitimate traders. To deter rights-owners from simply making threats casually or recklessly, the law provides […]
Now that the AIA is in force, and it is clearer how the new law will be interpreted, Reddie & Grose attorney Paul Loustalan provides a brief update to our previous articles. The biggest change brought in by the AIA was the shift from the “first to invent” system to a “first to file” system. […]
Earlier this year the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) updated their “Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications relating to Medical Inventions in the Intellectual Property Office” (“the Medical Invention Guidelines”). The document supplements the UK IPO “Manual of Patent Practice“, setting out practice in the field of Medical Inventions, including what constitutes excluded methods of […]
Case review: Specsavers vs Asda Preliminary Ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union. This entry follows the recent preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the “SPECSAVERS” case. We highlight the key issues from the decision and provide a brief summary of the case history. Key Issues […]
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