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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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19th May 2022

Artificial intelligence, insufficiency and inventive step: detailed disclosure needed at the EPO

Two recent decisions of the European Patent Office’s Boards of Appeal illustrate a risk faced by patent applications for artificial intelligence inventions: if the application does not describe the AI in enough detail then it can be refused for insufficient disclosure and lack of inventive step.

12th Apr 2022

Electric Motors – The Ecosystem and the Players

Electric motors play the important role of converting electrical energy into mechanical energy, and are divided into two main sub-types based on the power source used. DC motors are designed to be powered by a DC source, whereas AC motors are designed to be powered by an AC source. Within these sub-types, a vast range of different types of motors exist. This insight will be analysing some of the different types of motors currently used in industry, as well as looking at the activity in this area by analysing patent publication statistics.

21st Dec 2021

Optis And Unwired Planet v Apple [2021] EWHC 2564 (Pat) – in FRAND disputes what is a willing licensee? And does Apple’s desire to “pick and choose” make them an unwilling licensee?

The expected standard of behaviour of a Standard Essential Patent (SEP) holder and a potential licensee involved in a patent dispute, and considers the opposing arguments put forward by Optis and Unwired Planet (as patentee) and Apple (as defendant) seeking to determine the correct approach to negotiating a licence on Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

2nd Dec 2021

EPO now accepts Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) on assignments and licences

As of 30 November 2021, the European Patent Office accepts Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) attached to electronically filed documents submitted as evidence to support requests for registration of a transfer of rights under Rules 22 and 85 EPC. Similarly, the EPO will also accept such electronic signatures to support request for registration of a licence or other rights under Rule 23 EPC.

18th Nov 2021

There’s nothing new under the sun – a brief look at historical climate change patents – Part 4: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are the headline act in modern climate change technology. Glamourous innovative rock stars like Tesla are pushing the boundaries of innovation to enable us all to lose our dependence on the internal combustion engine. When did innovation in electric vehicles start? Quite a long time ago.

10th Nov 2021

E-BIKE & E-SCOOTERS: The electrification of the last mile

In the run-up to COP26, a number of recommendations for priority actions to tackle climate change were published in the COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, one of which is to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. In November 2020, the UK Government published their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Point 5 of the plan looks at Green Public Transport, Cycling and Walking, in which the government said they will “launch a national programme of support to increase uptake of electric bikes” and set a target milestone of by 2025 they will “double cycling rates from 2013 levels to 1.6 billion stages per year”.

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