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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.
On 18 January 2022, Austria deposited its ratification of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Unified Patents Court (UPC).
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.
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.
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.
Pakistan has recently deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, meaning the Madrid System of International Trade Marks now covers 124 countries. 
In late 2018 Dr Stephen Thaler filed two patent applications with the UK IPO. Upon filing, these applications were fairly typical, including all the necessary information at the time of filing to proceed through the patent system.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has been expanded to include Guernsey and Gibraltar following recent announcements from the UK government.
Under current UK law, owners of applications or registrations for UK patents, trade marks or designs have been required to provide an address anywhere in the European Economic Area to which correspondence relating to their rights could be directed.
The EPO has now announced that from 4 January 2021 Opposition Division oral proceedings will normally be held by videoconference. This is already the case for Examining Division oral proceedings. 
As you may be aware, on Thursday 5 November 2020, England is expected to enter another period of lockdown for at least four weeks to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Beck Greener partner Catherine Jewell, Mark Bloomberg of Zuber Lawler and Roy Saunders of the IBSA discussed intellectual property ownership and licensing in a recent IBSA webinar.
The EPO has now announced that oral proceedings in opposition scheduled up to 31 December 2020 have been postponed...
As reported last month, the UKIPO’s “general interruption” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which applies to all deadlines relating to UK patents, supplementary protection certificates, trade marks, registered designs, and applications for these rights, as well as contentious proceedings before the Office, will end on 29 July 2020.
The UKIPO has announced that its “general interruption” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which applies to all deadlines relating to UK patents, supplementary protection certificates, trade marks, registered designs, and applications for these rights, as well as contentious proceedings before the Office, will end on 29 July 2020.
UKIPO further extended its “general interruption” due to coronavirus.
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