The Greenshoots Podcast by Appleyard Lees, Episode 14: patent disputes and the challenges presented by the latest EPO guidance change

Join us for the first episode in season two of The Greenshoots Podcast by Appleyard Lees. In series two, we continue to discuss best practice for monetising and protecting IP, and consider how innovators and businesses may need to adapt to new working practices in a post-COVID-19 world.    

Updated Examination Guidelines published by the EPO in March 2021 include stricter requirements for making a patent description consistent with amended claims. Patent attorneys Bobby Smithson and Andy McKinlay discuss the knock-on effect this new approach may have in subsequent patent disputes.

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