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Greenshoots is a collection of fresh intellectual property insight, analysis and commentary on the issues that matter most to those who invent, manage and protect intellectual property, written by the IP specialists of Appleyard Lees.

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IP Strategy

Oppositions by a straw person

In European patent oppositions, the term “straw person”, is used to describe a person, natural or legal, who files an opposition against a patent on behalf of a third party, with the third party, the real opponent, remaining anonymous throughout the proceedings.

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Legal Update

Plant varieties post Brexit: how to protect your variety in the UK

Brexit has changed the way intellectual property rights are sought and protected, in many ways. Pre-Brexit, anyone seeking to protect plant varieties in the UK and/or EU member states made a single application to the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO); however, as of 1 January 2021, this is no longer possible.

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