24 November 2015

Inside IP Autumn Winter 2015

Features a roundup of the latest cases and developments in IP.

Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court – the wait is almost over – Jan Walaski examines the recent developments which are bringing the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) ever closer to implementation.

The on-going saga of Warner-Lambert v Actavis – Some light has been shed on the protection afforded by so called “Swiss-type” second medical use claims. Kate McNamara discusses.

A green driver of innovation in the automotive industry – Alex Brown discusses how the strict emission targets being imposed upon the industry are one of the toughest drivers on innovation in the automotive sector.

What constitutes use in the European Union? – The European Trade Mark Registries’ contradictory decisions – David Birchall discusses what constitutes genuine use in the EU of a CTM which is more than five years old.

Mind the gap…in Switzerland – Nora Fowler explains the new “Swissness” legislation that has been passed in Switzerland which will come into force on 1 January 2017.

Wearable tech: an IP perspective – Rob Cork explores the IP challenges and opportunities presented by the recent advances in wearable devices.

Top German Court rules against Apple “slide-to-unlock” patent protection – Apple’s method for unlocking the iPhone did not reach a high enough level of sophistication needed to be award patent protection, Kirwin Lee looks at the implications for obtaining EP patents on products containing a graphical user interface in light of this ruling.

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Case law update – Siân Gill summarises recent noteworthy English court and EPO decisions.

Patent Prosecution Highway – Katherine Dainty explains how the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) can be an effective means of achieving a quick grant of applications.

Patents: Helping your agrochemical company grow? – Chris Newcombe talks about the importance of patents in the agricultural industry.

The role of IP in internet retailing – Robert McDougall highlights the important role of IP protection as the number of e-commerce businesses continues to increase.

Veterinary patents – barking up the right tree – It is predicted that Britons will spend more than £4.5bn on their pets during 2015 alone. It is no surprise that businesses working in the veterinary sector are keen to protect their intellectual property; Anton Hutter and Catrin Petty explain further.

The geographic coverage of a European Patent – Yichuan Xu explores the jurisdictions in which patent protection can be obtained on the basis of a European Patent.

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