IP News

Brexit FAQs

When is Brexit?

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. However, for the time being, this is …

Dr Emma Palmer

Welcome confirmation on the UK’s continuing role in the EPC

The UK government has confirmed that the UK’s participation in the European Patent Convention (EPC) will not be altered by

Alexandra Wood

Regeneron v Kymab – important findings on enablement across the whole of the claim from the UK Supreme Court

After 7 years of litigation in the long running Regeneron v Kymab transgenic mouse case, the UK Supreme Court has …

Janette Hamer

BIG MAC EU Trademark Revoked for Nonuse

In January 2019, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) upheld a revocation action[i] brought by Supermac’s (Holdings) Ltd …

Charlotte Teall

A word of warning to seek expert advice when paying renewal fees for UK Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

SPCs are a form of patent term extension in Europe that can provide up to 5 additional years of patent …

Charlotte Teall

Supplementary Protection Certificates


Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) exist to compensate patentees in Europe for the long time it can take to get …

Charlotte Sunderland

EPO does a U-turn on plants produced by “Essentially biological processes”

The Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest judicial authority at the European Patent Office (EPO), has controversially reversed its earlier …

Charlotte Teall

CJEU clarifies the use of functional patent claims to obtain patent term extensions

Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are a form of patent term extension in Europe that can provide up to five additional …

Adilka Weiß

German Federal Constitutional Court thwarts UPC Agreement

The German Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the German ratification law for the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court …