21 November 2014

Inside IP Autumn Winter 2014

Patents and parthenotes  – Matt Handley discusses the recently published opinion of Advocate General Cruz Villalón on reconsidering the scope of the exclusion on the industrial and commercial uses of “human embryos”.

The rise and fall of the digital camera – Jan Walaski explores the evolution of the digital camera.

Business method patents after Alice: US moves closer to Europe – Jan Walaski discusses the implications of the recent US Supreme Court decision.

Can you protect the “look” of your store? – Nora Fowler and Birgit Clark highlight the first CJEU case dealing with the layout design of a store can be registered as a trade mark.

The 3D printing debate and considerations for patent owners – John Chettle summarizes aspects of the 3D printing debate and what the future impacts of the technology might be for patent owners.

EPO steps up a gear – Alex Brown highlights the recent initiatives introduced by The European Patent Office aimed at reducing the waiting time for the issuance of office actions on European patent applications.

Protecting the protected – While you can make a commercial decision not to enforce your IP rights against a third party, it is unfortunately difficult to avoid the threat that a competitor may choose to enforce their IP rights against you; Anton Hutter discusses the options for helping to protect your commercial interests.

Bolar provisions: an update – Daniel Day provides an update on the UK Patents Act, which has been amended to exempt clinical trials and health technology assessments for innovative drugs from patent infringement.

Trade marks registered in black and white; now may be the time to review your portfolio
If your trade marks are registered in black and white (or in grey scale) but you only use them in a certain colour, now maybe the time to review your use strategy and consider new filings; Yoann Rousseau discusses.

Patent filings continue to surge in clean energy – Thomas Astle explores the influence that promoting innovation in environmentally friendly technology has had on the number of patents filed.

Nature’s inventions: patent-eligible subject matter in the USA and Europe
Ben Beasley compares the approach required to patenting natural phenomena in the US and Europe.

Open innovation: making intellectual property rights redundant? – Christopher Newcombe examines the impact of open innovation methods used by firms.

Is Tesla really going open source? – Marcus Leong considers whether Tesla’s decision to post on their blog that anyone could use their technology without fear of being prosecuted by the company is too good to be true.