Advocate General opines that partenotes are not embryos

The possibilities of obtaining patent protection in Europe for inventions relating to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have been significantly curtailed in recent years, particularly by decision C34/10 of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) (see ...

EPO Appeal Board implements stem cell ruling of CJEU

The ethics of patenting inventions relating to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) has been the subject of much debate.  Inventions which are contrary to morality are excluded from patentability under the European Patent Convention and the law...

Got up again!

In March 2013 I reported (‘ Get Up and Go ’) that Apple Inc. had managed to register in the USA designs as trademarks in relation to their retail services comprising detail of a combination of interior features of their retail outlets (e.g. use...

EPO announces new scheme - "Early Certainty from Search"

The European Patent Office have announced the introduction of a new scheme, “Early Certainty from Search”, with the stated purpose of improving legal certainty on pending patent applications (see ...

Unified Patent Court ("UPC") ratification - 5 down, 8 to go ...

June 2014 has been a busy month in terms of countries ratifying the UPC agreement.  The Council of the European Union have reported here that Sweden, Belgium and Denmark ratified the UPC agreement during June 2014 so that now 5 out of the...

Apple and Samsung's patent battle is unlikely to end any time soon

For a number of years, Samsung have been one of the primary manufacturers of processors and memory chips for Apple products, most notably manufacturing the flagship “A” series of processors which form the heart of the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch...

CJEU allows SPCs to plant safeners

On 19 June 2014, the CJEU indicated in Case C-11/13, Bayer CropScience AG that plant safeners may be the subject of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC). Plant safeners are compounds which may be used together with or separately to a herbicide,...

Nintendo infringes Philips patents

The UK High Court has ruled that the popular Nintendo Wii games console infringes two Philips patents.  Damages have not yet been decided, but are likely to be substantial, since they potentially cover all sales of Wii consoles in the UK since their...

The IPO announces new guidelines for the PPH between the UK and China

A Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program between the UK and China is being launched on 1 July 2014.  From this date it will be possible for an applicant of a UK patent application, who has an allowable claim set, to request accelerated...

CRISPR - A "jaw-dropping breakthrough" in the treatment of hereditary diseases?

CRISP is a new genetic technique for making specific changes in DNA sequences that is currently causing considerable interest in the world of molecular biology.  Whilst CRISPR was initially found in bacteria (where the bacteria use it as a defence...
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