Examination of the study released by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), on patent filing statistics within the field of cosmonautics.
Reminder to all with EU trade mark and design applications pending on 1 January 2021 that they can still file for a UK right and claim the earlier EUIPO filing date. Please be advised that you will need to act quickly as this service is only available until 30 September 2021.
This week, we learned that questions relating to the use of post-filed data/evidence to support a technical effect will be referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.
Last month, LanzaTech announced a partnership with the athletic clothing retailer Lululemon to create a fabric using recycled carbon emissions.
In addition to patents, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceutical companies may achieve drug exclusivity in Europe through SPCs and regulatory data protection. This can exclude competitors and maximise return on substantial research and development investment.
Countries around the world are pledging to the goal of net-zero by mid-century. However, the energy transition needed to achieve this presents huge challenges. As the global energy sector moves to renewable energy sources, many of the technologies needed to replace fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions are not yet fully mature. A recent report from the EPO outlines why the net-zero goal cannot be achieved without further efforts in clean energy innovation.
Reddie & Grose LLP recently participated in London Climate Action Week, delivering a presentation entitled “Innovations for a Sustainable Lifestyle”. Rather than focussing on large-scale global or societal technological fixes, we very much wanted to highlight the changes that individuals could make in their own lives to be better ancestors to future generations. The presentation focussed on innovation in four areas of our everyday lives – food, fashion, home and plastics – and discussed ways in which innovation can help us reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the planet.
Earlier this year, NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars. While the main objectives of the mission focus around astrobiology and the search for ancient Martian environments that could have supported life (and evidence of former life in these habitats), the rover is also testing out a number of new technologies.