Further discussion on the UK IPO Patent Hearing Officers approach to the question of excluded subject matter.This article looks at one of those decisions in more detail: Hitachi Ltd’s GB patent application relating to a computer-implemented construction site management method.
Insights: May 2019
We previously reported on how technology which aims to end plastic pollution could be protected with patents and how a genetically modified enzyme capable of breaking down plastic is the subject of a patent application. While technology to improve how our plastic waste is managed is clearly important it only represents part of the story. What if we didn’t need to use the plastic in the first place? All over the world, innovators are working to end our penchant for polymers.
The Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office have issued their annual report for the year ending 2018. We have picked out some points that may be of interest to applicants.
HBO hit a stone wall enforcing their GAME OF THRONES trade mark against a UK brewery. The reputation that HBO enjoy in their Game of Thrones television show has encouraged other traders to take a nod to its title in their own branding. While HBO have often taken steps to address this, they have not always been successful.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has been considering introducing a system that would give applicants the option of slowing things down somewhat, but following a recent user-consultation it remains unclear whether the system will go ahead.
Currently, Singapore is the only country to have a fast track patent application process specifically directed to Artificial Intelligence