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Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

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.

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.

17th May 2022

The Unitary Patent and UPC – What will it mean for the pharmaceutical sector?

The proposed European unitary patent system could come into force as early as this year, so it is important for patent owners to begin considering how they will make use of the new system, if at all. This article will explore some of the factors that organisations in the pharmaceutical sector should be considering in advance of the new system coming into effect.

11th May 2022

Changes to the European Patent Office Guidelines for Assessing the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions following the Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision in G1/19

The European Patent Office (EPO) Guidelines relating to the patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions (CIIs) have been significantly amended following the publication of the seminal Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G1/19 on the patentability of computer simulations, reported here in 2021. The update places the T641/00 “COMVIK” approach at the centre of the test for patentability of CIIs, and includes a new discussion of its application to Artificial Intelligence inventions.

10th May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week: The technological advances that help to improve mental health

World Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is here. The official theme of the week is “loneliness”, which seems particularly relevant given the various negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have had on people’s mental health. We wanted to highlight some of the incredible technological advances taking place to help improve mental health by looking at some recent patent filings.

4th May 2022

Introduction to Trade Marks; Should you worry about them?

A trade mark is a sign (often a word) which does not describe goods or services but identifies the company selling the goods or services. When Ford sells a car or the Cambridge Judge Business School provides training, Ford and Cambridge Judge are trade marks which tell customers what characteristics to expect, based on their previous awareness of their products, reviews and marketing – High quality or low quality? Cheap or expensive? Reliable or unreliable? Delivered on time or late?

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