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G 1/21: Enlarged Board considers videoconferencing inferior to in-person hearings, but not unsuitable for oral proceedings

Following the order issued on 16 July 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has now published its full written Decision in G 1/21 The procedural objections raised throughout the earlier part of read more…

UK Government launches intellectual property and artificial intelligence consultation

The UK Government officially launched its consultation on intellectual property (IP) and artificial intelligence (AI) on 29 October 2021, as part of the National AI Strategy (see our summary here) read more…

IP valuation: key considerations to strengthen business transactions

Thanks to technological advancements and innovation driving change at an increasing rate, business owners are realising that intangible assets and registered rights such as intellectual property read more…

National STEM Day 2021: Mathys & Squire collaborates with UK Electronics Skills Foundation to spotlight careers in electronics

8 November marks National STEM Day – a time to celebrate the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school As a firm that supports technologically read more…

COP26: Clean-tech innovators at the forefront of climate change crisis

Innovation has been placed at the heart of the COP26 summit, with new green technologies playing an essential part in each country’s strategy to stay on track to reach net zero by 2050 to achieve read more…

EPO referral G2/21: Can post-filed evidence be used to demonstrate the existence of a technical effect for patentability?

In recent European Patent Office (EPO) Decision T 116/18, the Board of Appeal has referred important questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) regarding the issue of to what extent an read more…

Chemistry Week 2021: How chemistry is driving sustainability through electric vehicle battery technology

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has opted to hold its annual Chemistry Week this year on 1-12 November 2021, to coincide with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)  read more…

IP horror stories: Cautionary tales in protecting your innovations

With Halloween only two days away, we are bringing you some of the scariest scenarios our patent and trade mark attorneys face! Here, we are ‘creeping’ it real and sharing our first-hand read more…

Budget 2021: Innovation funding to support the UK’s position as a ‘global science superpower’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered the Autumn budget 2021 statement, with a target of building a stronger post-pandemic economy for the UK Of particular interest to us is the government’s focus read more…

Added matter in medical use claims – EPO applies greater scrutiny in T 2842/18

The European Patent Office (EPO) has a notoriously strict approach to assessing added matter according to Article 123(2) EPC In the recent decision T 2842/18, the EPO’s Technical Board of Appeal read more…