Small to medium enterprises
The EU patent package establishing a Unitary Patent (UP) providing EU-wide patent coverage and a Unified Patent Court (UPC) to enforce such patents entered into force on 1 June 2023, and our clients are deciding whether or not to opt out their existing European patents from the jurisdiction of the UPC.
The application of Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) to sparkling wines in a post-Brexit landscape
The recent purchase of UK land by European Champagne houses, raises the question of how aligned the EU’s PDO/PGI scheme is with the UK’s replacement GI scheme.
In T 1688/20, the Board of Appeal has deviated from novelty criteria with respect to selection inventions as set out in the EPO guidelines for examination (G-VI, 8, ii), in favour of applying the “Gold Standard” test of novelty. This decision may be useful when arguing novelty in examination and opposition proceedings.
In this session, Appleyard Lees partners and patent attorneys Kate Hickinson and Howard Read provided answers to commonly asked questions about the UP and UPC.
In a judgment handed down on 19 April 2023, the High Court of England and Wales has found Tesco to infringe Lidl’s trade mark rights, copyright and rights in passing off in its blue and yellow logo.
The Greenshoots Podcast by Appleyard Lees – episode 37 – 3D printing: innovation and IP risks, with Professor Jason Laing
This episode discusses current innovation trends in 3D printing and smart materials, the IP risks associated with this technology area, and how smart materials such as graphene could be used to combat counterfeiting.