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For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.

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Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

23rd Aug 2022

Bad Inventions – An Environmental Warning From History

Some inventions are bad, some inventions are evil, some inventions are in fact so evil that they cannot be patented in the UK on the grounds that they are contrary to ‘ordre public’. Then there are the inventions which are well intentioned but nonetheless end up being disastrous. Inventions in this last category are often the most intriguing and instructive. Learning from past mistakes is perhaps the best way to avoid unintentional disasters the future, and any discussion of unintentional disasters must include the story of Thomas Midgley Jr.

19th Aug 2022

The UK IPO has now published its findings on its Standard Essential Patents Call for Views

At the end of 2021, the UK IPO launched a call for views into whether the Standard Essential Patent (SEP) system in the UK was functioning efficiently or required modification. The consultation ran for 12 weeks to 1 March 2022 and received 56 written responses from a range of stakeholders, including SEP holders (innovators), implementers, law firms, and professional bodies.

11th Aug 2022

Machine learning in life sciences – a trend that is here to stay?

The amount of data generated in life sciences is increasing exponentially. This has largely been precipitated by the advent of “-omics” technologies which facilitate high-throughput measurement of all molecules of a certain type from a biological sample. Whereas once a PhD project may have been concerned with analysing the expression of a single gene, nowadays a PhD project more likely involves collecting information about the expression of all genes in multiple cell types and conditions. This has left researchers data-rich, but not necessarily information-rich. However, machine learning approaches can be used to interrogate these large datasets for trends or patterns to provide information.

5th Aug 2022

Next European nation to join the EPO

As announced recently by the EPO , Montenegro is set to become the next European nation and 39th member state to join European Patent Organisation (EPO). Montenegro’s ascension to the EPO was deposited on 15 July 2022 will take effect on 1 October 2022 – pursuant to Article 169(2) EPC.

4th Aug 2022

Could machines be closer to taking over the world (of patent translations) than we thought they would ever be?

Under EPO practice, an application is most often filed in one of its official languages – English, French and German. If filed in another language of an EPC-contracting state, a translation of the specification into one of the three EPO official languages has to be provided within two months of the date of filing. The thus selected official language becomes ‘the language of the proceedings’, and is used during prosecution of the application for all communications between the applicant and the EPO. When the EPO informs the applicant that it intends to grant them a patent, the applicant must file translations of the claims in the other two official languages. For post-grant validation at national level, the EPC-contracting states have the right to require for the specification to be translated into one of their national languages.

1st Aug 2022

London Climate Action Week: Is the Intellectual Property System doing enough to support innovators in Net Zero and Green Tech?

To support the 2022 London Climate Action week in June/July, Reddie & Grose hosted an online panel discussion asking whether, in view of the ongoing climate and ecological emergencies, the Intellectual Property system is doing enough to support innovators working on Green Tech and Net Zero related inventions. Four speakers joined us to share their thoughts, including Andrew Sadler from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), Anja Von Der Ropp from the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), Samantha Wildman from MPA Associates, and Sam Williams from Siemens PLC. What follows is a summary of the main themes to emerge from the discussion along with links to useful resources.

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