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It has been confirmed by a recent Decision of the Court of Appeal of the Unified Patent Court in Neo Wireless v Toyota that, as expected, for an opt-out to be valid it is necessary for the application to be made by or on behalf of (i.e. with the consent of) all of the proprietors of all national parts of a European patent.
We are pleased to announce that Beck Greener has been promoted to the silver tier in IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution in the recently published IAM Patent 1000, 2024 rankings.
Romania has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement and will accede to the agreement on 1 September 2024, as the first additional country to join since the system opened.
Qatar has filed instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, resulting in the Madrid System of International Trade Marks now covering 131 countries.
Beck Greener is pleased to be sponsoring the IBSA's International Business Structuring Spring Conference on Thursday 9 May in London, with Catherine Jewell on the panel of international speakers.
Following up from our recent article on increases to EPO fees (see link below), the EPO is simultaneously introducing a new fee reduction scheme for micro-entities which will also enter into force on 1 April 2024.
Now that the Unitary Patent is available and the Unified Patents Court (UPC) is open for business, what does this mean in terms of jurisdiction, in respect of classically validated patents and unitary patents? The possible litigation pathways are illustrated by the diagram below.
We are delighted to announce that Beck Greener has been recognised as a Silver Tier firm for prosecution and strategy in the 2024 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for the 6th consecutive year.
From 15 January 2024 it is possible to validate European patents in Georgia.
The EPO is to increase official filing fees for new applications with effect from 1 April 2024.
On 20 December 2023, the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgement that DABUS, the AI machine owned by Dr Stephen Thaler, cannot be an inventor of a UK patent application as an inventor must be a natural person. Secondly, simply being the owner of a machine that “makes an invention”, does not entitle you to file a patent application for and obtain a patent for the invention.
A recent decision from the Board of Appeal at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) serves as a useful reminder that, just because an image can be used decoratively, that does not mean that it is not capable of being relied on by the public to determine the trade source of goods. Hence such images may be registrable as trade marks.
Beck Greener has been ranked as a leading firm in the Intellectual Property: Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys UK-wide section of the legal directory Chambers & Partners for the 5th year running.
We are very pleased to announce that Beck Greener has once again been ranked as a leading IP firm for both patent and trade mark matters in the latest edition of The Legal 500 directory rankings.
The abolition of the ten-day rule is not the only procedural change being made at the European Patent Office (EPO) in November 2023.
We are delighted to report that Beck Greener Associate, Kashif Syed, has passed both the written and practical examinations set by Nottingham Law School to qualify as a Higher Courts Advocate.
The first referral of 2023, case G1/23, has been made to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the EPO, seeking clarification on the enablement test in relation to prior use of a product.
In 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) began a transformation programme to update its system and services.
Beck Greener has been ranked by the legal directory IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution in the recently published IAM Patent 1000 2023 listings. This year marks the third year running for the firm being ranked in this category. This ranking from IAM Patent 1000 means that Beck Greener is highly praised by sources and amongst the most competitive in the field.
The concept of "bad faith" has no definition under the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 ("the Act").
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