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We are delighted to announce that we have just launched our new website.
With Germany expected to deposit its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) in the coming months, it is predicted that the Unitary Patent Package (UPP) may enter into force in late 2022 or early 2023.
A requirement of the EPO Guidelines for Examination (H-V, 2.7 and F-IV, 4.3(iii)) is that the description of a patent must be in conformity with the claims. During prosecution of an application, it is usual practice for the applicant to request that changes to the description only be made once the examiner has agreed to an allowed set of claims.
Chile and Cape Verde deposited their instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva on 4 and 6 April 2022 respectively, meaning the Madrid System of International Trade Marks now covers 128 countries.
The EPO has paused all proceedings where the determination of whether an invention contains an inventive step is solely reliant on data that was not publicly available at the filing date until the Enlarged Board has published a decision in case G2/21.
We are delighted to announce that Beck Greener has been recognised as a Silver Tier firm in the 2022 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals for the 4th consecutive year running.
We are delighted to announce that we have recently published a Case Law Review in the British Journal of Pharmacy.
On 18 January 2022, Austria deposited its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Unified Patents Court (UPC).
The European patent system is shortly to undergo its biggest change in 40 years, with the launch of the Unitary Patent Package (UPP). 
This decision tests the general principle of UK patent law that if an invention is ‘seen’ before filing any patent application, it cannot be patented. It also demonstrates just how important it is to take extra care when testing invention prototypes in (or near) public spaces.
We are delighted to announce that the first UK patent application filed under the Beck Greener student pro bono scheme has proceeded to grant as GB2578686B.
It is an exciting time for technical innovations in the food industry, in the UK, Europe and globally.  We look here at the factors contributing to a boom in food innovation, at some fast developing areas, and at how to protect food innovations against competitors.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has recently completed two reviews on patent filing data from 2000 to 2020. The first focusses on the profile of the various users of the UK IPO and the second analyses the global filing activities of UK patent applicants.
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.  
Germany has now ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement after a long delay caused by challenges before the Constitutional Court.
Owners of EU Trade Marks and Designs (including designations of the EU under the International System administered by WIPO) which had been granted protection by the EUIPO by 31 December 2020 (except in design cases in which publication was deferred) were awarded corresponding UK registrations automatically after the expiry of the Brexit transition period at the end of 2020.
Usually when people think of trade marks, they picture the names or logos of famous brands, ready to be put on a product or its packaing to serve as an instantly recognisable badge of origin.
Beck Greener has been ranked by IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution in the IAM Patent 1000 listings for the first time in 2021.
A recent paper in the British Journal of Pharmacy from the University of Huddersfield Press discusses the implications of Brexit on patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).
If you have been consumed by the news surrounding the global battle against Covid-19, then you may have missed the opening shots in what could be a very different battle – the dispute between Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Aldi relating to their respective “Caterpillar” cakes, Colin and Cuthbert.
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