Thomas Lonsdale - Sep 06, 2021

Microplastics: tiny particles causing huge problems

Although small in size, microplastics are a big issue.

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Andrew Pitts - Aug 10, 2021

A new referral to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is plausible

Despite not having any express legislative basis in the European..

Daniel Yin - Jul 28, 2021

Senolytics are knock, knock, knocking on ageing’s door

In 1974, Bob Dylan asked that we stay forever young. Today, exciting..

Fay Allen - Jul 28, 2021

Is metformin the key to anti-aging?

By 2050, it is estimated that one quarter of the global population..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 28, 2021

WIPR Diversity Trailblazers 2021

Congratulations to Sarah Kostiuk-Smith on being recognised as a World..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 27, 2021

Proud partners of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) for a 3rd year

We are proud and excited to be entering our third year as an..

Niles Beadman - Jul 20, 2021

Printed pills: a new dimension for medicine

Three dimensional (3D) printing is the latest buzzword ricocheting..

Andrew Teasdale - Jul 14, 2021

Green graphene - graphene from waste

As the demand for graphene continues to increase, so does the desire..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jul 06, 2021

Non-traditional pharma trade marks: position marks

In this final blog in our non-traditional pharma trade mark series,..

Elizabeth Dale - Jul 05, 2021

Pyrolysis oil – heating up plastics recycling

As society pushes towards a circular economy, the need for clever and..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 02, 2021

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2021

We are delighted to once again be ranked ‘gold tier’ in IAM PATENT..

Alexander Cavell - Jun 28, 2021

Structural batteries: “massless” energy storage

In recent years, people have sought to harness the world’s natural..

Elizabeth Dale - Jun 28, 2021

Plastics recycling: can microwaves help us clean up our mess?

Forward asks Martin Lamb, chairman of pioneering recycler Enval,..

Helen Bower - Jun 17, 2021

Financial Times Special Report - Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms 2021

We are delighted to once again be recognised in the Financial Times..

Jo Cripps - Jun 08, 2021

Need to Know: why your virome holds enormous value

Our bodies play host to a complex network of viruses, many of which..

Thomas Lonsdale - Jun 07, 2021

Unwrapping compostable packaging

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Thomas Lonsdaleunwraps the future..

Rebecca Blundell - Jun 03, 2021

From the Moon to Mars: tyres for space exploration

Conditions on the Moon can be extremely harsh. For instance,..

Genevieve Pugh - Jun 01, 2021

Delivering drugs with DNA

We explore the emerging field of DNA and RNA nanotechnology, its..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - May 27, 2021

Non-traditional pharma trade marks: sound, motion and multimedia marks

Following on from our previous blog posts examining the role of shape..

Andrew Walkinshaw - May 25, 2021

Meet the material: PowerPaste

A new hydrogen-based fuel packs quite a punch, writes Kerry..

Nathan Zhang - May 20, 2021

Materials informatics: a data-based approach to materials discovery

Research into new materials with desirable properties has been one of..

Nathan Zhang - May 04, 2021

A sense of hope with graphene-based COVID-19 detection

With mass COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out by countries across..

Joseph Newcombe - Apr 26, 2021

COVID-19 win for AI pharma farmers

The vaccine roll-out is in action all over the world. Nevertheless,..

Rob Walker - Apr 19, 2021

To zero and beyond! Technology for a carbon-negative future

22 April 2021 marks the 51st Earth Day, an annual event seeking to..

Adam Gregory - Apr 19, 2021

Jim Mellon: the reluctant gradualist taking on ageing

Forward editor Caitlin Mackesy Davies learns how we might all be able..

Sarah Harvey - Mar 23, 2021

EPO 2020 Patent Index - key trends

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently published its 2020 Patent..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 22, 2021

Pharma brands: what's in a name?

Pinning down a new drug name that will both catch attention and clear..

Sam Haggerty - Mar 17, 2021

eFuel – the solution to green air travel?

Electric vehicles (EVs) look like an obvious replacement in working..

Callum McGuinn - Mar 12, 2021

Energy storage: batteries and beyond

Better storage is the key to a cleaner energy future, so what..

Eleanor Maciver - Mar 12, 2021

Selection inventions before the EPO

Chemical inventions are subject to the same criteria as all..

Thomas Lonsdale - Mar 02, 2021

Breaking down barriers to film recycling

Since the invention of cellophane by Swiss chemist Jacques E...

Niles Beadman - Feb 16, 2021

Circular economy of tyres: the end is just the beginning

Our reliance on tyres and their ubiquity in modern mobility makes..

Maria Hall - Feb 09, 2021

New partner promotions

We are delighted to announce the promotion of two of our senior..

Robert Watson - Feb 05, 2021

Out of Oz: the remarkable life and times of AMP945

Bringing a new cancer treatment to the public can be a complex..

Niles Beadman - Feb 01, 2021

Tyres: the secret polluter

Automotive emissions are a hot topic, but increased regulation..

Nathan Zhang - Jan 15, 2021

Lithium-metal batteries: a separator solution to dendrites

Global demand for clean, renewable energy is now higher than ever..

Matthew Smith - Jan 15, 2021

Meet the material: liquid crystal elastomer

A team at Rice University has developed a morphing material with much..

Sam Bailey - Dec 17, 2020

EU batteries directive – powering up opportunities?

Changing needs, new demands

Global energy consumption has more than..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 11, 2020

Safer and better: Nanotech Energy batteries signal positive news

Our lives require storage of electrical energy more than ever these..

Rebecca Blundell - Dec 08, 2020

Green tyres: wheeling towards sustainable rubber

Rubber is a crucial component of the tyre, with most tyres typically..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 04, 2020

Cornwall powering the UK to the frontline of the lithium revolution

Cornwall has long been an historic centre for mining in the UK. Since..

Richard Howe - Nov 29, 2020

Graphene getting the automotive industry into gear

In the years since graphene was first created at the University of..

Charles Renney - Nov 19, 2020

Protective barriers against COVID-19 – what’s behind the screen?

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a..

Ben Boyd - Nov 18, 2020

Aiming for the sky: aviation carbon reduction goals

One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the significant..

Sam Bailey - Nov 10, 2020

EPO and IEA dive deep into battery patent data

Weighing in at nearly 100 pages, the recent detailed report on..

Paul Dunne - Nov 09, 2020

Single-use plastics: Is this the last straw?

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Mewburn Ellis Partner Paul..

Joseph Newcombe - Oct 29, 2020

Personalising medicine based on gut reaction

No, we are not talking about jumping to conclusions, but the..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Oct 28, 2020

Naming pharmaceuticals: considerations for choosing, clearing and registering pharmaceutical brand names

There are many different types of names you might see associated with..

Rebecca Blundell - Oct 27, 2020

The future of tyres in the driverless age

1886 is often regarded as the birth year of the modern car. This was..

Daniel Brodsky - Oct 25, 2020

How green are electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles are often hailed as a primary solution for..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 23, 2020

Chambers & Partners 2020 Legal Guide - Band 1 Recommended Firm

We are pleased to report that Mewburn Ellis has been ranked Band 1 in

Paul Dunne - Oct 20, 2020

Circular economy: rethinking composite plastic packaging

As we move towards a circular economy, there is a huge incentive for..

Matthew Smith - Oct 13, 2020

The UK Patent Box - is it delivering?

Patent Box legislation has been very much in vogue over the last few..

Niles Beadman - Oct 06, 2020

Circular tyres: a new challenge for the circular economy

Tyres are huge. Globally over 2.2 billion tyres are produced a year –..

Sam Bailey - Oct 02, 2020

Batteries: Power is nothing without control

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Mewburn Ellis Partner Sam..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 01, 2020

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2021

We are delighted to be ranked top tier for our patent practice in the..

Sam Bailey - Sep 23, 2020

A supercharged day for Tesla and battery tech

On September 22, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the stage during the..

Thomas Lonsdale - Sep 07, 2020

Compostable packaging – let’s break it down

Before Covid-19, I often used to buy my lunch in one of those..

Niles Beadman - Sep 04, 2020

Battery electrolytes: the latest graphene composites

Storage of electrical energy is now an essential part of our lives...

Melodie Richardson - Sep 04, 2020

Combatting COVID-19: does Vitamin D have a role to play?

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), better..

Jane Liu - Sep 02, 2020

The emergence of liquid biopsies as companion diagnostics

The development of liquid biopsies

The term liquid biopsy refers to..

Joseph Newcombe - Sep 02, 2020

Polymorphism: crystal clear or murky water

Movers and shapeshifters in the world of solid state chemistry

Have..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 28, 2020

Antimicrobial resistance – a global response to a global threat

The discovery and development of antimicrobial agents and..

Paul Dunne - Aug 24, 2020

Meet the material: Robotic soft matter

Inspired by muscles and activated by light, this lifelike and..

Genevieve Pugh - Aug 11, 2020

3D printing and its layers of legal complexity

3D printing” was first developed in the 1980s as a technique for..

James Leach - Aug 10, 2020

Antimicrobial resistance: moving towards a targeted approach

Spectromics is working to put our existing arsenal of antibiotics to..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 03, 2020

In conversation with an innovator: Daniel Solomita, CEO and Founder of Loop Industries

The CEO and founder of Loop Industries lets us in on the..

Matthew Smith - Jul 23, 2020

Graphene: Patently clear

How is graphene contributing to the sustainability agenda? Matthew..

Niles Beadman - Jul 23, 2020

Smart tyres: under pressure to get smarter

For the past 175 years, the bulk of tyre innovation has focused on..

Victoria Coleman - Jul 21, 2020

UK formally withdraws from the UPC

In a statement to Parliament on 20 July 2020, the government formally..

Jane Liu - Jul 17, 2020

Polymer composites using natural fibres – growing reinforcements, growing in popularity

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites are lightweight yet strong..

Alexander Cavell - Jul 07, 2020

Tesla: Driving battery development differently

“Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Jul 05, 2020

Medicine's most wanted

Will the world's most dangerous microbes soon meet their match?..

Melodie Richardson - Jun 24, 2020

Increasing battery capacity: going Si high

Lithium-ion batteries can be found in almost every portable..

Paul Dunne - Jun 23, 2020

Patenting bioplastics

The push towards a circular economy promises huge rewards for..

Helen Bower - Jun 19, 2020

Financial Times: Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms 2020

We are delighted to once again be recognised in the Financial Times’..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jun 16, 2020

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020

We are delighted to once again be ranked ‘highly recommended’ in ‘IAM..

Niles Beadman - Jun 15, 2020

Patents driving tyre innovation

From the outside, tyres appear unassumingly simple. But below the..

Joseph Newcombe - Jun 12, 2020

Hot Chemistry – Shining a light on disease with radiopharmaceuticals

Back in 1979 The Buggles sang “video killed the radio star”. However,..

Rachel Oxley - Jun 08, 2020

Ocean Energy - out of the blue

Long considered the poor relation of solar and wind-based solutions,..

Matthew Smith - Jun 08, 2020

Edge of discovery

New research into graphitic carbon nitride has brought a solution to..

Foteini Tzakoniati - Jun 05, 2020

Links between COVID-19 severity and the immune system

The mechanism through which SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Jun 01, 2020

Is faster drug development likely to become the “new normal?”

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Mewburn Ellis Partner Sarah..

Thomas Lonsdale - May 28, 2020

Recycling polymer composites (mixed material complicates)

Polymer composites are finding use at an ever-increasing scale in an..

Joseph Newcombe - May 07, 2020

InVEntions of WWII

VE day on Friday 8 May 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of..

Rhiannon Wescott - May 01, 2020

Can a functionally defined patent claim ‘protect’ my medicinal product?

From a patent perspective this may seem like a strange question with..

Willum Wytenburg - May 01, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) extension at the EPO: Part 2

The European Patent Office (EPO) now has a dedicated webpage..

Robert Andrews - Apr 30, 2020

BerGenBio’s bemcentinib selected for fast track as potential treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19)

In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, bemcentinib produced..

Genevieve Pugh - Apr 28, 2020

Graphene masks: facing up to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Since the development and isolation of graphene by researchers at..

Andrew Pitts - Apr 24, 2020

Governments look to protect companies from IP enforcement during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

A large effort is underway globally to ensure that there are enough..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Apr 20, 2020

Has a cure for coronavirus (COVID-19) already been made?

Faced with the biggest global pandemic in most of our lifetimes, all..

Niles Beadman - Apr 17, 2020

A Taste for Waste – Plastic Recycling with Enzymes

Positive news has been relatively hard to come by of late, with..

Paul Dunne - Apr 15, 2020

Circular economy: the solution to plastic pollution?

The ascent of plastic from its Bakelite beginnings to the workhorse..

Callum McGuinn - Apr 07, 2020

Taking charge - repurposing, recycling and reinventing batteries

Innovation in repurposing, recycling and reinventing batteries will..

Andrew Pitts - Apr 03, 2020

Patent infringement during a national emergency: a Coronavirus (COVID-19) perspective

Recent interesting reports highlight an emerging practice borne out..

Alison Fugard - Mar 24, 2020

Pushing Energy Storage to the MX(ene)

Batteries are indispensable in modern life. Not only is our reliance..

Willum Wytenburg - Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Extension at the EPO: Not ALL deadlines extended!

Part 2 of this blog was published on 17 April 2020. Please read for..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Mar 06, 2020

Why 'innoversity' is an imperative

Andrea Brewster, lead executive officer at IP Inclusive, writes for..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Mar 06, 2020

Finding the “lost Einsteins” of innovation

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith, Partner and European Patent Attorney at Mewburn..

Niles Beadman - Feb 26, 2020

Chemical collaborations: polymer partnerships

Collaboration is ubiquitous with successful research.  Sharing..

Callum McGuinn - Feb 26, 2020

Lithium-sulfur batteries - an attractive alternative

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are a ubiquitous energy source in..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Feb 21, 2020

2020 BioInfect Conference - tackling antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses a global threat.  No new classes..

Willum Wytenburg - Jan 27, 2020

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2020

In recent times, the European Patent Office (EPO) has increased its..

Jane Liu - Jan 23, 2020

A promising target for new antibiotics

In previous blogs we have discussed the global threat of ..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 23, 2020

Proud Partners of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)

We are proud and excited to be starting our second year as an..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 17, 2019

The 12 elements of Christmas...

16O Chemistree, 16O Chemistree, how lovely are your elements…

As 2019..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 05, 2019

3 R's for sustainability of the battery industry

Zero-carbon transport and energy production are set to grow under the..

Callum McGuinn - Nov 20, 2019

Lithium-ion batteries - powering the EVs of the future

In a recent blog, Eleanor Maciver reviewed a variety of promising..

Matthew Smith - Nov 18, 2019

Graphene Hackathon

16-17 November 2019 saw a momentous occasion: innovators, creators..

Callum McGuinn - Nov 12, 2019

Using IP to secure opportunities in the budding medical cannabis sector

The opportunities for innovation in medical cannabis dovetails with..

Michali Demetroudi - Nov 11, 2019

Extreme fast charging – the future of electric vehicle batteries

With global deployment now exceeding five million, electric vehicles..

Andrew Pitts - Nov 06, 2019

Coffee capsules: greener grounds

Large consumer companies are increasingly focusing on reworking their..

Alexander Cavell - Oct 30, 2019

Plastics recycling: polymers unzipped

As society becomes more aware of the adverse effects of single-use..

Niles Beadman - Oct 09, 2019

Consumable consumables: the edible water bottle

Throughout the 20th century, plastic has become increasingly..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Sep 27, 2019

AMR - a global threat

A hot topic on everyone’s lips at the moment is Climate Change and..

Callum McGuinn - Sep 26, 2019

Budding opportunities for pharma

With shifting attitudes surrounding cannabis-based drugs, it is..

Joseph Newcombe - Sep 25, 2019

From data to drugs - a brief introduction to AI in drug discovery

The road to an approved drug is well known to be an arduous journey...

Matthew Smith - Sep 24, 2019

Strict and inflexible: material claims at the EPO

Innovators in advanced materials can face an uphill struggle to get..

Eleanor Maciver - Sep 18, 2019

Batteries for the future: the sky may not be the limit!

In an earlier blog Sam Bailey discussed the growing demands for high..

Callum McGuinn - Sep 17, 2019

Cannabis: on to greener pastures?

Callum McGuinn, explores the history of social attitudes towards..

Richard Howe - Aug 30, 2019

Printing with graphene: exploring the inks set to unleash graphene's potential

Graphene has been widely heralded as a game-changer in the research..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 02, 2019

Circular economy: new technologies rise to the challenge

In recent months there has been a rapid increase in publicity and..

Matthew Smith - Jul 31, 2019

Green graphene - the pursuit of sustainability

Theoretically, at least, graphene can be produced from any carbon..

Sam Bailey - Jun 27, 2019

Charging into the future - the increasing demands on battery technologies

Battery technology is an area of constant innovation.  For years we..

Callum McGuinn - Jun 18, 2019

Medicinal cannabis: recent changes and future innovations

Government policy on the prescription of cannabis-derived medicines..

Simon Parry - Apr 05, 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: growth and innovation

While much attention and noise has surrounded the growth in the..

Matthew Smith - Apr 04, 2019

Hydrogen: the storage question

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen.  It’s light; it’s abundant (at..

Matthew Smith - Mar 28, 2019

Advanced materials: game-changing graphene

In the 15 years since Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov..

Julie Carlisle - Mar 28, 2019

Dosage regimen patents: bruised but not beaten

Ruling on the big pharma Actavis v ICOS case, the UK Supreme Court..

Simon Kiddle - Feb 22, 2019

Is your interest legitimate? New referral to the EBOA on double patenting

EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.01 is referring a number of questions..

Matthew Smith - Feb 15, 2019

Building an IP portfolio: Nine tips for success

Companies need to think carefully about how they protect, manage and..

Nick Sutcliffe - Nov 14, 2018

Supreme Court decision signals bad news for patent holders

The UK Supreme Court issued its decision today on the Warner Lambert..

Matthew Smith - Oct 29, 2018

Development in the war on superbugs

The spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is one of the most..

Matthew Smith - Oct 25, 2018

Graphene: a whole new '2D world'

Graphene has been heralded as a game changer in the research and..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Apr 20, 2018

Celebrating women working in IP in the North West

On Thursday 19 April, we were proud hosts of an American Intellectual..

Ashley Cresswell - Aug 01, 2017

UK Supreme Court Establishes Doctrine of Equivalents in Actavis v Lilly

In many jurisdictions a product or process may be held to infringe..