Boards of Appeal Diverge in Requiring Changes to Descriptions
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 both join International Trade Mark System
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 IPEC drills Claydon on disclosure of an invention by prior use
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.
A Taste of the Future?
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.
Patent Filing Trends in the UK Over the Past Twenty Years
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.