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29th Nov 2018

Patents for self-driving cars under the microscope

Patent filings relating to self-driving cars are currently under the microscope and the European Patent Office (EPO) has recently produced its own study, prepared in association with EUCAR (the European Council for Automotive R&D). The study follows a significant amount of recent outreach and discussion from the EPO about the patentability of technologies key to making self-driving cars a reality, most notably AI and machine learning.

29th Nov 2018

No pain, no gain: Plausibility in Warner-Lambert v Actavis

The dust has started to settle following the Supreme Court decision in Warner-Lambert v Actavis [2018] UKSC 56 handed down recently. Much of the commentary has focused on the infringement aspect of the decision. In this follow-up blog, we delve deeper into the court’s take on the issue of plausibility.

21st Nov 2018

Edible insects: Branding and Innovation

Edible insects have been proposed as a clear solution to global malnutrition and food insecurity issues. As highlighted in a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report in 2013, insect eating (entophagy) has many potential benefits, both for the individual and society. Insects have a high protein content, equivalent to that of meat.

6th Nov 2018

2018 Changes to the EPO’s Guidelines for Examination

The European Patent Office’s latest Guidelines for Examination entered into force on 1 November 2018. Applicants in the software fields sometimes find the EPO’s approach to examining computer implemented inventions (CIIs) confusing. The Guidelines for Examination can provide a helpful starting point for demystifying their methodology and determining how a given invention might be received by the EPO. Any changes to the Guidelines are therefore important to applicants in the software area.

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