In the coming year, those applying for patents in Europe are expected to be presented with a new opportunity. Since its formation in 1977, the European Patent Office (EPO) has acted as a central examining and granting authority; it provides a single portal to apply for patent protection in 38 member countries, and, if a patent is granted, the opportunity to then validate this protection as a bundle of national patent rights in each member country where protection is desired. These validated patents must then be renewed, enforced, and revoked at a national level.
Insights: March 2022
Previously we discussed the ongoing developments to bring the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent into effect. However, one piece of the puzzle that has not yet been solved is how Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), which are national intellectual property rights that can extend patent protection for pharmaceutical and plant protection products for up to five years, will be provided for under the new Unified Patent system.
In 2012, Tecnica Group registered at EUIPO a 3D shape mark for the apres-ski footwear brand Moon Boot. Inspired by the outfits of the Apollo 11 astronauts, the brand has been around since the 1970s and has seen a recent revival in popularity, now being worn by influencers Dua Lipa and Hailey Bieber.
Dr Paul Loustalan interviews Dr Bernardette Longridge, Engineering Centre Manager at AVL in the UK. Paul has known Bernie for many years, having been in the same IC Engines research group at UCL, albeit at different times, and was delighted that she agreed to be interviewed for Women’s History Month.
Eloise Stenner, Technical Assistant for Reddie & Grose LLP, was pleased to interview Karen Given, Senior Systems Engineer at McLaren Applied.
Report on the Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN’s Women Innovate conference on International Women’s Day. The conference encourages women’s participation in innovation by celebrating successful women innovators and promoting discussion around achieving a more diverse and inclusive innovation culture in the UK.
DRAGONS’ DEN: If there’s one thing Patent Attorneys have in common with The Dragons it’s the value of protecting your IP:
Over the years, thousands of female innovators have shaped the patent landscape in the fields of chemistry and materials science. Their research has not only advanced theoretical understanding in their field, but has led to many inventions that have a tangible impact on our everyday life. This International Women’s Day we wanted to celebrate the achievements of some of our favourites.
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