The Brexit transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020 and as of 1 January 2021 the UK was no longer bound by EU legal framework. Before the UK left the EU, the UK was party to the EU’s regional exhaustion of IP rights regime.
The received wisdom is that company directors can escape liability by sheltering behind the “corporate veil”. But is this true in IP cases?
What do you do if, before you have obtained a granted patent, a third party starts selling a product that looks like your invention? Is there anything you can do to stop the third party? Does your patent application provide you with any rights before the patent is granted? Parminder Lally and Simon Ambroz answer these questions.
It is possible to patent computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office (EPO). In particular, it is possible to patent computer-implemented inventions (CIIs) which function in the real-world.
Indian patent law requires all patentees to file an annual Statement of Working, by means of a Form 27. This Statement sets out the extent to which the patented invention has been worked (or not) on a commercial scale in India.
Imagine this. You have a friend, Mrs Py, who is a UK resident and an enthusiastic inventor. Recently, Mrs Py invented an electronic paralyser which can be fitted into a pen.