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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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28th Jan 2022

Delaying Grant of a European Patent to obtain a Unitary Patent

It is expected that the first Unitary Patents will be granted within the next year. In view of this, many applicants of pending European applications may wish to delay the grant of their applications so as to be able to benefit from obtaining a Unitary Patent covering all countries participating in the Unitary Patent, alongside conventional national validations of the European Patent in other EPC countries.

20th Jan 2022

Could the first European Unitary Patent issue in 2023?

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement to establish a Unified European Patent Court and the associated Regulations to allow the creation of a Unitary Patent were issued at the end of 2012. Now, almost ten years later, Austria’s deposition of its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement moves us a step closer to the establishment of the UPC and the issue of the first Unitary patent.

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.

19th Nov 2021

There’s nothing new under the sun – a brief look at historical climate change patents – Part 6: Catalytic Converters

Catalytic convertors are good for the environment. Catalytic convertors are also bad for the environment; it depends what criteria you choose to assess good and bad. One thing we know is that patent applications have been filed in this technology for more than 100 years.

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