Isobel Fisher - Feb 22, 2024

Colony picking robot expands our knowledge of human gut microbiome

The human microbiome is very diverse. A typical gut microbiome can..

Foteini Tzakoniati - Feb 22, 2024

Antibody inventions: Updates in the EPO Guidelines for Examination

The EPO Guidelines for Examination are set to undergo updates..

Alice Jefferies - Feb 13, 2024

Blooming bright! Bioluminescent plant set to brighten up flower beds across the US

The green fingered among us take great pride in our blossoming..

Frances Salisbury - Feb 08, 2024

Yoni Health: the medical secrets of menstrual blood

Menstrual effluent contains a wealth of scientific info, including..

Sarah Harvey - Feb 08, 2024

European Parliament votes to endorse plants bred using New Genomic Techniques

7 February 2024 marked a milestone for plant science as the European..

Edward Couchman - Feb 07, 2024

Genes as Medicines: Treating the Untreatable

In 2023, gene therapy hit the headlines in the UK, when the BBC..

Amelia Jones - Feb 07, 2024

Fertile Ground: Tapping into the Potential of the Female Microbiome

Healthcare systems around the world have historically been designed..

Katherine Green - Feb 02, 2024

Most opposed patents of 2023

Multiple sclerosis therapies are the subject of two of the most..

Sarah Harvey - Jan 31, 2024

Hydrogels in sustainable agriculture

As we move into 2024, the agricultural sector is being driven by the..

Rebecca Brooks - Jan 22, 2024

One Health and the role of the microbiome

Traditionally, clinical microbiology focused on the role of..

Lauren Woolley - Jan 11, 2024

Eat your greens: innovations in sustainable alternative protein sources

As the demand for plant-based products continues to grow, so too does..

Emily Lythell - Jan 05, 2024

Antibiotic with novel mechanism offers new hope for treating resistant infections

This week saw the publication of a potential new class of antibiotics..

Robert Andrews - Jan 04, 2024

Podcast with Robert Andrews: a forward-thinking approach to inclusion & diversity

Robert Andrews joins Lisa Mueller and Vivian Luiz Coco on their ..

Lauren Woolley - Jan 03, 2024

Mewburn Ellis is proud to be participating in Veganuary (again)

Following last years’ success, we will once again be taking part in..

Simon Kiddle - Jan 02, 2024

The wonderful potential of waxworm saliva

Enzymes are able to break up plastic, opening the way for rapid..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 19, 2023

New highs for psychedelics in the clinic

Psychedelic compounds have long been experimented with for their..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 19, 2023

The Royal Institution's new mission

With 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube, the organisation is finding..

Eleanor Maciver - Dec 18, 2023

Saved by the cell: taking the animals out of meat

Entrepreneur Joshua Errett is aiming to remove animals from the food..

Calum Graham - Dec 14, 2023

National Vision for Engineering Biology

On Tuesday 5 December 2023, the Minister for Science, Research and..

Adam Gregory - Dec 13, 2023

‘It’s a 50% reduction in ageing’

Singapore startup VVB Bio promises a dramatic reduction in ageing via..

Amelia Jones - Dec 04, 2023

Enzyme-based carbon capture: as easy as breathing

Over the past few years, the impact of the climate crisis has never..

Niles Beadman - Nov 28, 2023

Invention Capture: 5 Steps to Success - Transforming Technology to Patent Protection

Invention capturing, also referred to as invention harvesting or..

Alex Galbraith - Nov 17, 2023

The first CRISPR treatment – Casgevy wins UK approval for sickle cell disease

In a world first, the UK medicines regulator has given the green..

Isobel Fisher - Nov 17, 2023

Biosensor bacteria for tumor detection

Genetically engineered biosensor bacteria could allow us to detect..

Katherine Green - Nov 13, 2023

Most opposed patents of 2022

As with CRISPR, patents directed to Nobel Prize-winning technologies..

Katie Dale - Nov 06, 2023

Swapping in stem cells for diabetes treatment

With just under 50% of type 1 diabetes patients using wearable blood..

Joanna Smith - Oct 19, 2023

Chambers & Partners 2024 legal guide - Band 1

We are proud to have once again been ranked Band 1 (gold) in ..
Rebecca Brooks - Oct 06, 2023

Supporting Guts UK and their research into the gut microbiome

We’re pleased to announce that we have started a new charity..

Joanna Smith - Oct 05, 2023

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2024

We are extremely proud to once again be ranked tier one for our..

Eliot Ward - Oct 04, 2023

UPC at four months old - a review

The UPC is now four months old and the Court of First Instance is..

Nick Sutcliffe - Oct 03, 2023

Covid autumn booster vaccine 2023: the switch to mono-valent vaccines

Autumn 2023 sees another round of COVID-19 booster jabs across the UK..

Sean Jauss - Sep 29, 2023

Beware the front-loaded procedure!

The Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) opened its doors on 1 June 2023. It..

Alice Jefferies - Sep 05, 2023

A leap forward in slowing down Alzheimer’s

This summer has seen a major leap forward in slowing the rate of..

Alex Galbraith - Sep 01, 2023

Gene therapy – the status quo and future trends

The uptick in recent approvals in the gene therapy space is..

Adam Gregory - Aug 11, 2023

VC tips for SMEs — how do VCs evaluate the value of intellectual property?

As part of a series in which we ask leading venture capitalists to..

Tom Furnival - Aug 10, 2023

UPC as a forum for SEP disputes – Panasonic kick off proceedings

With the UPC opening its doors just over two months’ ago, the IP..

Fay Allen - Aug 10, 2023

In vivo expression of chimeric antigen receptors: using gene therapy to improve cell therapy

In vivo CAR therapies build on the success of standard CAR treatments..

Ine Vanderleyden - Aug 09, 2023

The next-generation therapies for autoimmune diseases

The immune system has an extraordinary capacity to distinguish “self”..

Edward Couchman - Aug 07, 2023

Cells as medicines: the promise of cell therapy

Cell therapy is one of the most exciting areas of medical science,..

Nick Sutcliffe - Jul 26, 2023

IP priorities for forward-looking cell and gene therapy businesses

IP priorities are especially important to businesses developing..

David Brooks - Jul 19, 2023

Mewburn Ellis is proud to work on 18 of the 50 top-selling pharmaceuticals of 2022

Last year we reported the unprecedented growth of the innovative..

Eliot Ward - Jul 14, 2023

The secrets of the oral microbiome

More than 700 species of bacteria live in our mouths. The mysteries..

Thomas Driver - Jul 13, 2023

Evolution of engineered minimal cells - high mutation rates and regained fitness

Engineered bacterial cells with minimal genomes were developed in 2016

Nick Sutcliffe - Jul 06, 2023

VC tips for SMEs — how much equity should a start-up give away in a Series A fundraising?

As part of a series in which we ask leading venture capitalists to..

Nick Sutcliffe - Jul 06, 2023

VC tips for SMEs — how to choose the right VC?

As part of a series in which we ask leading venture capitalists to..

Thomas Wolter - Jul 06, 2023

Beating the Punch: UPC Protective Letters

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is now operational. As of June 1,..

Sean Jauss - Jul 05, 2023

Litigation in the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

The UPC is a new European patent litigation court. It will provide a..

Sean Jauss - Jun 27, 2023

UPC Administrative Committee approves Milan as host of the third Central Division court

The UPC Administrative Committee has announced that Milan will host..

Adam Gregory - Jun 22, 2023

Cell-cultivated chicken approved for sale in US

On Wednesday 21 June 2023, the United States Department of..

Isobel Fisher - Jun 22, 2023

One giant leap for plant-kind: engineering plants for Mars

If humans are going to live on Mars one day, we need to work out how..

Rebecca Tollervey - May 09, 2023

Patenting antibodies – the latest developments from the EPO Boards of Appeal:  Part 2 – inventive step

We have conducted a review of Board of Appeal decisions relating to..

Alex Burns - May 05, 2023

Gene sequencing accelerates with custom hardware

The cost to sequence a genome continues to drop exponentially. Over..

Alice Jefferies - May 04, 2023

The ball is rolling at the FDA for microbiome therapies

The FDA was busy last week! Off the back of the first approval for..

Anna Mudge - May 04, 2023

The allogeneic advantage

Bespoke cell therapies are expensive and time-consuming. Now..

Anna Mudge - Mar 21, 2023

Advanced Therapies Congress 2023 - five key themes

Anna Mudge enjoyed a bustling two days at the Advanced Therapies..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 14, 2023

Femtech: a growth industry - new special report

We are delighted to release our latest report Femtech: a growth..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 07, 2023

Come and join us for a ‘Celebration of all things Singapore’

We are excited to be in Singapore for INTA 2023 and very much hope..

Chris Denison - Mar 06, 2023

Cheese without cows

How Better Dairy are creating products that are molecularly identical..

Matthew Barton - Mar 03, 2023

Conservation innovation – working towards a world for both humans and wildlife

With a rapidly growing human global population, predicted to reach 10..

Natalie Vaughan - Feb 23, 2023

Microbiome claims around the world: how to define your microbe?

A booming commercial interest in harnessing the human microbiome for..

Ine Vanderleyden - Feb 20, 2023

Trafficking T cells – how to get cells to their target destination

After being in the shadow of its famous relative, the..

Lauren Woolley - Feb 03, 2023

Veganuary: what a month it has been!

Veganuary is done for another year. What a month it has been!


Sarah Harvey - Feb 03, 2023

Veganuary: what we eat - 5 tips for sustainability

As Veganuary comes to a close, we are preparing to return to our..

Emma Graham - Feb 02, 2023

Meet the team: Emma Graham, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Engineering team, London

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Emma Graham about..

Rebecca Tollervey - Feb 01, 2023

Patenting antibodies – the latest developments from the EPO Boards of Appeal

The prosecution of patent applications relating to antibodies..

Camille Terfve - Jan 31, 2023

Meet the team: Camille Terfve, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Life Sciences team, Cambridge

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Camille Terfve..

Callum Anderson - Jan 31, 2023

Getting to grips with device led physical rehabilitation innovation

In the UK, there are an estimated 187,000 children living with an arm..

Katie Dale - Jan 21, 2023

CAR Treg cell therapy - to autoimmunity and beyond

A new wave of cell therapy is hitting the clinics for treating..

Christopher Casley - Jan 20, 2023

Meet the team: Christopher Casley, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Life Sciences team, Bristol

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Christopher Casley..

Amelia Jones - Jan 20, 2023

Synthetic Biology - creating innovative solutions to tackle climate change

Over the past few decades, awareness of the impact that humans are..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jan 19, 2023

Veganuary: vegan branding – more than meats the eye

The Veganuary challenge is in full swing, at Mewburn Ellis, and..

Richard Clegg - Jan 18, 2023

Opting out from the UPC – when to opt-out a pending European patent application

From 1 March 2023, when the Unified Patent Court (UPC) sunrise period..

Lauren Woolley - Jan 17, 2023

Veganuary: horizons in next-generation plant-based meat analogues

Here at Mewburn Ellis, we have been thinking about the future of food..

Louise Atkins - Jan 10, 2023

Veganuary: Culturing an appetite; advances in 3D bioprinting

Throughout Veganuary, we are looking at the technologies that are..

Lauren Woolley - Jan 04, 2023

Mewburn Ellis is proud to be participating in Veganuary

At Mewburn Ellis, we have been thinking about the future of food for..

Alice Jefferies - Dec 23, 2022

A world-first approval for off-the-shelf cell therapy

We are delighted to learn that this week the European Commission..

Nick Sutcliffe - Dec 20, 2022

mRNA cancer vaccine shows efficacy in clinical trial

Moderna and Merck announced in a mid-December 2022 press release that..

Chris Denison - Dec 16, 2022

Podcast with Jevan Nagarajah: Cheese without cows

Jevan Nagarajah, Co-Founder and CEO of Better Dairy, joins Forward..

Eliot Ward - Dec 01, 2022

Welcome to the market, FMT

On Wednesday 30 November 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration..

Thomas Driver - Dec 01, 2022

What is Synthetic Biology and why should you care?

The term Synthetic Biology, or SynBio, has been used for a while; the..

Alex Galbraith - Dec 01, 2022

Antibody therapy for pets – following the human lead

Over recent decades monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy has developed..

Jacqueline Murphy - Nov 29, 2022

Patent Litigation Trends in England & Wales - new report

We are delighted to release our latest report Patent Litigation..

Thomas Wolter - Nov 21, 2022

Plausibility and Inventive Step at the EPO - Watch G2/21 live on Thursday 24 November

On Thursday 24 November 2022, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) will..

Simon Kiddle - Nov 16, 2022

Positive feedback on oral proceedings in oppositions carried out by videoconference

In September, the EPO commissioned a survey about their opposition..

Edward Couchman - Nov 11, 2022

Enablement Requirements for Antibody Claims to be Reviewed by US Supreme Court

In a development which will be of interest to biotech companies,..

Frances Salisbury - Nov 09, 2022

Gender bias in patent prosecution

Fran Salisbury spoke to The Patent Lawyer Magazine about gender bias..

Katherine Green - Nov 07, 2022

Eight days – the longest ever opposition hearing at the EPO?

The EPO Opposition Division just issued its decision on European..

Matthew Barton - Nov 01, 2022

Vets: who’s taking care of the animal caregivers?

Our pets are members of the family, and we would do everything we can..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 25, 2022

Top Tier in Chambers & Partners 2023 legal guide

We are proud to have once again been ranked Band 1 (gold) in ..
Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 14, 2022

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2023

We are extremely proud to be ranked tier one for our patent and trade..

Andrew Pitts - Oct 04, 2022

A patent attorney, a dog and meaning in the job

4 October 2022 is World Animal Day and we can reflect on how the..

Eliot Ward - Sep 12, 2022

Regulatory challenges for microbiome therapeutics in the EU and beyond – focus on FMT

One of the oldest known microbiome-based therapeutics, faecal..

Emily Hayes - Aug 05, 2022

We perform significantly better than the EPO average at oppositions

We really are experts when it comes to opposing patents and our..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 03, 2022

Alternative proteins: you can’t magic anything out of thin air – or can you?

It’s hard to miss the scale of investor and consumer appetite for..

Katie Dale - Jul 28, 2022

Bugs helping drugs beat cancer – harnessing the microbiome for immunotherapy

In recent years the field of cancer immunotherapy has exploded in..

Katherine Green - Jul 28, 2022

Most opposed patents of 2021

When we reviewed our list of the most opposed European patents of..

Adam Gregory - Jul 22, 2022

Mewburn Ellis is proud to work on 19 of the 50 top-selling pharmaceuticals of 2021

2021 was a year of unprecedented success for the biotech and..

Eliot Ward - Jul 07, 2022

Breakthrough: super fast DNA tests

A rapid bedside genetic test can screen newborn babies for a genetic..

Thomas Wolter - Jun 27, 2022

EPO presses pause on proceedings that depend on the plausibility referral to the EBA

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

Julie Carlisle - Jun 22, 2022

The surprising world of canine oncology

Dog cancer specialist Dr Clare Knottenbelt reveals the insights..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - May 26, 2022

Plant-based brands: what does it take to break through?

We investigate what it takes to stand out in an increasingly crowded..

Anna Mudge - May 24, 2022

Recipe for success - intellectual property opportunities in future food

The future of food is big business and it’s only going to get bigger..

Sarah Harvey - May 10, 2022

Vertical farming - finding space to sprout up

One thing the past couple of years have taught a lot of people is..

Ine Vanderleyden - May 06, 2022

Replacing the bad with the good – an IP perspective on microbial consortia

Our body hosts trillions of microorganisms that are essential to many..

Rhiannon Wescott - May 03, 2022

The search for more sustainable food sources

So much more than nutrition, food can evoke pleasure and excitement..

Thomas Wolter - Apr 27, 2022

Plausibility strikes again – BMS blockbuster apixaban patent found invalid by UK High Court

In a recent judgment the UK High Court of Justice revoked European..

Tanis Keirstead - Apr 14, 2022

Horizons in vaccine production

The scramble for a coronavirus vaccine over the last two years has..

Urs Ferber - Apr 14, 2022

Germany’s world-leading MedTech industry

Germany is synonymous with precision engineering and quality..

Isobel Stone - Apr 04, 2022

Powering pacemakers – (don’t) be still, my beating heart

Millions of people around the world depend on implanted medical..

Adam Gregory - Mar 31, 2022

Podcast with Guy Heathers: Singapore's innovation community — trends and technology

Having previously spoken to Guy Heathers, Singapore biotech..

Adam Gregory - Mar 30, 2022

Five patenting pitfalls in future food (and how to avoid them)

In our series on future food, we have explored the exciting..

Alice Jefferies - Mar 14, 2022

Exosomes in liquid biopsy: a nanometric particle packed with potential

We are all too familiar with the statistic that 1 in 2 of us will get..

Fay Allen - Mar 08, 2022

We need to talk about women's health - spotlight on endometriosis

The theme of International Women’s Day 2022 was “Break the Bias”,..

Robert Worboys - Mar 07, 2022

Six ways that 3D printing is revolutionising the biomedical industry

3D-Printing is an additive manufacturing process whereby objects are..

Alice Jefferies - Feb 10, 2022

Predicting the unpredictable during pregnancy

For many expectant parents, pregnancy is a time of excitement, yet..

Katherine Green - Jan 26, 2022

A guide to EPO opposition proceedings by videoconference

EPO oppositions by videoconference only became possible relatively..

Chris Denison - Jan 20, 2022

Kokumi - a new taste for future foods?

Many of us – at least in the West – grew up with the knowledge that..

Eliot Ward - Dec 03, 2021

Austrian parliament unanimously passes legislation to allow the practical preparations for the UPC to begin

On 2 December 2021, Austria became the thirteenth EU country to pass..

Alex Burns - Nov 22, 2021

The smart healthcare revolution – what does it mean for patent attorneys?

In 2020 the EPO published a report on the global trends in patent..

Camille Terfve - Nov 16, 2021

From academia to patents – a career path to becoming a patent attorney

Camille Terfve spoke to EMBL Careers about what it takes to become a..

Camille Terfve - Nov 12, 2021

Digital therapeutics: the rise of digital health technologies during the Covid-19 pandemic

There is no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped many..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 26, 2021

New Green IP Report launched

To coincide with the launch of COP26 we have released a new report..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 22, 2021

Chambers & Partners 2022 Legal Guide - Band 1 Recommended Firm

We are delighted to have once again been ranked Band 1 in Chambers &..

Jane Liu - Oct 21, 2021

Capturing the DNA hydroxymethylome for early-stage cancer detection

Biomarkers are measurable indicators of health or disease and the..

Joseph Morgan - Oct 14, 2021

CRISPR - the future of gene editing

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Joseph Morgan and Alex Galbraith..

Andrew Williams - Oct 05, 2021

Change and Opportunity: SPCs in the post-Brexit era

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are incredibly important..

Isobel Stone - Oct 01, 2021

‘IP Access’ fund, an extension of the existing UK IPO IP Audits Plus program

In 2021, innovation really has been a hot topic, with the..

Jacqueline Murphy - Sep 30, 2021

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2022

Mewburn Ellis is proud to be ranked top tier for our patent and trade..

Andrew Mears - Sep 21, 2021

Sensors and sensibility: Caroline Hargrove CBE eyes up the future of healthtech

Years after meeting her as another primary-school parent, Forward..

Adam Gregory - Sep 17, 2021

Three ways future food technologies can improve the sustainability of animal feed

Like many others, lockdown has changed not only the daily rhythm in..

Adam Gregory - Sep 09, 2021

IP priorities for future food companies

The future of food is a hot topic. Whether it is cellular..

Rebecca Tollervey - Sep 08, 2021

The other end of the antibody: Fc modifications as a focus for patent protection

For us antibody nerds, a fascinating aspect of the development of..

Samuel Hart - Sep 08, 2021

Liquid biopsies and the future of cancer treatment

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Samuel Hart discusses liquid biopsy..

Katherine Green - Sep 06, 2021

Most opposed patents of 2020

Every year at the EPO about 3000-4000 patents are opposed. This..

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..

Joseph Morgan - Jul 19, 2021

First human in vivo CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing results make history

The ability to directly edit a patient’s genome safely 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..

Samuel Hart - Jun 30, 2021

Circulating tumour cells: at the forefront of cancer diagnosis and treatment

In cancer patients, “metastasis” occurs as tumour cells break-away..

Thomas Driver - Jun 30, 2021

Cancer diagnosis – new data to support methylation-based liquid biopsy

New study demonstrates enormous potential

Earlier this month, we..

Adam Gregory - Jun 29, 2021

Podcast with Jim Mellon: Cellular agriculture and the new agrarian revolution

Jim Mellon, investor in innovation, entrepreneur and author, joins us..

Fay Allen - Jun 29, 2021

The technologies helping shape the future of food

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Fay Allen and Sarah Harvey discuss..

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..

Edward Couchman - Jun 15, 2021

Cell therapy: repairing and rebuilding the body

Recent advances in medicine have, for the first time, allowed..

Thomas Driver - Jun 09, 2021

Methylomics – analysing DNA methylation signatures to diagnose cancer

Traditional tissue biopsies are a vital aspect of current medical..

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..

Samuel Hart - Jun 03, 2021

Healthy eating means more than just a balanced diet: future foods and fighting the risk of infection

Human health is inextricably linked to food – not least because..

Camille Terfve - May 20, 2021

Intellectual property and artificial intelligence in the UK: what might the future hold?

AI is a hot topic for the current UK government. Last year, the UK..

Nick Sutcliffe - May 14, 2021

IP for forward-looking life sciences businesses

The recently released Mewburn Ellis IP Guide for SMEs sets out IP..

Alex Galbraith - May 12, 2021

Diagnosing concussion: liquid biopsy is changing the game

Rugby, along with many other contact sports such as football, boxing..

Jacqueline Pang - Apr 23, 2021

What's the beef? Using meat terms to describe meat alternatives

With the ‘future foods’ market set to grow exponentially over the..

Fay Allen - Apr 19, 2021

What is the cancer microbiome?

The “microbiome” is commonly associated with the gut microbiome, but..

Adam Gregory - Apr 19, 2021

Fish-free-fish: making a splash with cellular aquaculture

Whilst the oceans remain as vast and seemingly inexhaustible as ever,..

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..

Isobel Stone - Apr 07, 2021

Need to know: are we set for a bioprinting boom?

From refashioning foods to fabricating organs, bioprinting is the..

Lucy White - Mar 31, 2021

The future of organ transplantation: growing organs from scratch?

Organ transplantation has saved, transformed, and extended countless..

Sarah Harvey - Mar 23, 2021

EPO 2020 Patent Index - key trends

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

Alex Galbraith - Mar 08, 2021

Detecting progress: liquid biopsy in lung cancer

Lung cancer remained the leading cause of cancer death in 2020 with..

Chris Denison - Mar 05, 2021

Webinar - Antibody patenting practice at the EPO

A new edition of the EPO Examination Guidelines came into force on 1..

Simon Kremer - Mar 03, 2021

Controlled environment agriculture - 5 things to watch

Simon Kremer attended the Agri-TechE “Controlled Environment..

Rebecca Tollervey - Mar 02, 2021

Patenting highly engineered antibodies in Europe

In recent years, antibody engineering has moved into a new phase of..

Chris Denison - Feb 10, 2021

New EPO Guidelines for Examination of Antibody Inventions

A new edition of the EPO examination guidelines will come into force..

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..

Adam Gregory - Jan 29, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 variants – reasons to be optimistic

In recent weeks and months, several highly-transmissible variants of..

Adam Gregory - Jan 29, 2021

Conscious consumers deserve better than burgers

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Director and Co-founder of..

Alex Burns - Jan 26, 2021

How to patent your digital health apps – 5 key considerations

As the technical capabilities of smartphones continue to rise at an..

Thomas Driver - Jan 21, 2021

Bugs and slimes – or protein for modern times?

Current agricultural practices are considered by many to be..

Simon Kremer - Jan 07, 2021

Save our staples: Securing the future of food

Rising global temperatures and rising populations threaten farmers’..

Eliot Ward - Dec 21, 2020

Will the COVID-19 vaccines induce more robust immunity than infection with SARS-Cov-2 itself?

Respiratory viruses such as coronaviruses are notorious for evading..

Camille Terfve - Dec 03, 2020

Deep learning cracks the protein folding problem?

Deep learning has just made a new headline grabbing achievement:..

Frances Salisbury - Dec 02, 2020

Go with the flow: the allure of the liquid biopsy

Forward finds out how fresh technologies are providing a way to cut..

Adam Gregory - Dec 02, 2020

First regulatory approval for cultured meat – a major milestone

In December 2020, US company Eat Just were granted regulatory..

Tanis Keirstead - Nov 27, 2020

Further constitutional challenges to Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 26 November 2020, the German Bundestag approved the ratification..

Nick Sutcliffe - Nov 25, 2020

AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine shows efficacy against SARS-CoV-2

AstraZeneca/Oxford University have announced that their SARS-CoV-2..

Nick Sutcliffe - Nov 16, 2020

And then there were two – Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine shows efficacy

Moderna have announced that their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate..

Christopher Casley - Nov 13, 2020

Videoconference Oral Proceedings for EPO Oppositions – an Update

The EPO has announced changes to the Pilot Project for Video..

Christopher Casley - Nov 13, 2020

EPO Zooming to catch-up

UPDATE 6 APRIL 2022: On 6 April 2022, the EPO issued a notice..

Rebecca Tollervey - Oct 30, 2020

Highly-engineered antibodies: evolving the patent strategy

In recent years, antibody engineering has moved into a new phase of..

Joseph Newcombe - Oct 29, 2020

Personalising medicine based on gut reaction

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

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

Nick Sutcliffe - Oct 21, 2020

Liquid biopsies support precision medicine

The treatment of cancer patients with therapies that are specifically..

Katherine Green - Oct 09, 2020

Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for CRISPR "genetic scissors"

In 2012, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier published their ..

Anna Mudge - Oct 09, 2020

Minimally invasive, maximum potential: liquid biopsy is redefining diagnosis

Many of us will know someone who has undergone a biopsy during a..

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..

Fay Allen - Sep 24, 2020

More like the real meal - alternative plant-based proteins

Plant-based protein alternatives have arrived in the UK in a big way,..

Nick Sutcliffe - Sep 22, 2020

Making the detection of cancer in liquid biopsies more sensitive

Besides being found within the nucleus and mitochondria of cells, DNA..

Adam Gregory - Sep 14, 2020

Trust at the dinner table: public perception and regulation of novel food technologies

The history of humanity is the history of food technology. From the..

Nick Sutcliffe - Sep 11, 2020

Pepper decision means conventionally bred plants and animals get a chilli reception at the EPO

Dr Ben Tolley and Dr Nick Sutcliffe of the Life Sciences team look at..

Frances Salisbury - Sep 10, 2020

Neoantigens: IP considerations for an emerging class of cancer immunotherapy

Recent cell and gene therapy product approvals have allowed the..

Jane Liu - Sep 02, 2020

The emergence of liquid biopsies as companion diagnostics

The development of liquid biopsies

The term liquid biopsy refers to..

Sarah Harvey - Aug 28, 2020

Outstanding in the field - Biotechnology and the search for improved crops

At a time that the media is saturated with COVID-19 news, it can be..

Simon Kremer - Aug 28, 2020

Growing Underground: In the pink

Forward editor Caitlin Mackesy Davies finds out why one of our best..

Adam Gregory - Aug 24, 2020

Is the future of meat animal-free?

Compelling advancements in cellular science could soon see us..

Katherine Green - Aug 21, 2020

Most Opposed Patents of 2019

The four thousand or so European patents that are opposed every year..

Simon Kiddle - Aug 20, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: we helped clear a new path to patenting dosage regimes

Case 10 – T 1020/03 (EPO Board of Appeal, 29 October 2004)          


Simon Kiddle - Aug 07, 2020

A shore thing: eco-friendly seaweed materials

It may be a bother for sunbathers, but seaweed is a promising..

Adam Gregory - Aug 03, 2020

Cellular Agriculture – forecasting innovation

In their recent article in Nature Food, high-profile figures in the..

Seán Walton - Jul 24, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: novelty of a patient sub-population

Case 9 – T 734/12 (EPO Board of Appeal, 17 May 2013)                                                                    

Novelty of a..

Victoria Coleman - Jul 21, 2020

UK formally withdraws from the UPC

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

Chris Denison - Jul 21, 2020

Are functional foods worth the fuss?

Forward: features discuss and celebrate the best of innovation and..

Frances Salisbury - Jul 16, 2020

Five tips for patenting inventions in personalised and stratified medicine

As medical treatments become increasingly bespoke, we reveal some..

Camille Terfve - Jul 14, 2020

Can software be therapeutic?

The simple answer is: yes. Thanks for reading this post, stay tuned..

Sean Jauss - Jul 14, 2020

String theory: how bundling IP rights strengthens bioinformatics products

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

Rachel Oxley - Jul 09, 2020

“Test, test, test” – the importance of diagnostics in pandemic preparedness

While the world waits for a vaccine to be developed and approved for..

Nick Sutcliffe - Jun 29, 2020

Supreme Court confirms strict line on insufficiency in the UK

On 24 June 2020, the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) confirmed the UK courts’..

Simon Kiddle - Jun 29, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: we helped determine the meaning of “surgery”

Case 8 – T 1695/07 (EPO Board of Appeal, 28 September 2011)                


Rebecca Tollervey - Jun 25, 2020

Cellular immunity – a contributor to COVID-19 “dark matter”?

Immunologist Karl Friston of University College London has theorized..

Camille Terfve - Jun 23, 2020

A Guide to Patenting Bioinformatics Inventions at the EPO: what is technical and why does it matter?

Many inventions in the field of bioinformatics (a term that we will..

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..

Sean Constable - Jun 10, 2020

Can CRISPR help us in the fight against COVID-19?

As countries across the world continue to face widespread disruption..

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..

Camille Terfve - Jun 03, 2020

Have we entered the era of the DIY superhuman?

Self-improvement products are everywhere around us, on our..

Nick Sutcliffe - May 19, 2020

G3/19 The Enlarged Board of Appeal has its cake and eats it

On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent..

Simon Kiddle - May 18, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: We helped shape the debate on medical use claim patentability

Case 7 – T 879/12 (EPO Board of Appeal, 27 August 2014)            

Find out..

Adam Gregory - May 15, 2020

New coronavirus (COVID-19) test allows rapid detection of neutralising antibodies

Our client, Duke-NUS, has helped to develop a new, rapid serological..

Thomas Driver - May 14, 2020

BREAKING: G3/19 – an end to the plant patentability saga?

On 14 May 2020, the Enlarged Boards of Appeal of the European Patent..

Richard Clegg - May 14, 2020

Singapore's biotech breakthrough

From the far east to the east coast of America, the world is taking..

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..

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..

Simon Kiddle - Apr 27, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: We moved the conversation on animal involvement

Case 6 – T 1262/04 (EPO Board of Appeal, 13 July 2012)      

Should an..

Camille Terfve - Apr 23, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19), big data and silver linings

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic will have tremendous..

Camille Terfve - Apr 06, 2020

What use is computational biology during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

There is one obvious way in which computational biology is showing..

Eliot Ward - Apr 02, 2020

A*STAR and MiRXES step up in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19)

Our Singapore based-clients A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology..

Ine Vanderleyden - Mar 31, 2020

Neoantigen-targeted adoptive cell therapies – the next frontier in cancer immunotherapy

Cancer immunotherapies harness the power of the patient’s immune..

Sean Constable - Mar 30, 2020

CRISPR used in gene editing clinical trial for first time

The revolutionary CRISPR gene editing tool has been used inside the..

Eliot Ward - Mar 25, 2020

Microbiome: Meet your multitude

The health and wellbeing of each of us depends upon a number of vast..

Camille Terfve - Mar 18, 2020

Bioinformatics - science's big secret

Now deeply woven into the fabric of biological research,..

Seán Walton - Mar 12, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: We set the standard for the strawman

Case 5 - T 649/92 (EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, 2 July 1996)     


Camille Terfve - Mar 09, 2020

Bioinformatics, data and healthcare: Benefits and challenges of data-driven medicine

Algorithms (sometimes collectively referred to as ‘digital health’)..

Katherine Green - Feb 24, 2020

EPO streamlining: the opposition timeline tightens

Our analysis of patent oppositions has revealed that early action has..

Nick Sutcliffe - Feb 18, 2020

The evolutionary history of cancer - predicting the disease

Cells can acquire the mutations that drive the development of cancer..

Camille Terfve - Feb 14, 2020

Genomics and Biodata in 2020: the future is here!

I have been working in the field of bioinformatics/computational..

Richard Clegg - Feb 12, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: we opened the door for different types of data to support a medical use 

Case 4 - T 801/06 (EPO Board of Appeal, 4 March 2009)

Now cited in..

Thomas Driver - Feb 06, 2020

Genetic engineering and synthetic biology – making cannabis production greener

The therapeutic benefits of medicinal cannabis have been liberally..

Adam Gregory - Feb 04, 2020

Enleofen strikes Singapore’s biggest ever biotech deal

In January it was announced that global pharmaceutical company ..

Maria Hall - Feb 03, 2020

Munich office expansion with high-profile lateral hire

We are delighted to announce the high-profile appointment of Dr...

Adam Gregory - Jan 30, 2020

Farming the great indoors

When you think of a farm, what comes to mind? Rolling fields of green..

Katherine Collins - Jan 29, 2020

Advancements of genetic testing

The sequencing of the first human genome in 2003 was a major..

Simon Kiddle - Jan 29, 2020

Oppositions & Appeals: We made the case for a new technical effect

Case 3 - T 1642/06 (EPO Board of Appeal, 23 August 2007)     


Camille Terfve - Jan 23, 2020

Simulations in bioinformatics and the G1/19 referral

What’s all this about?

Claims directed to methods of simulation or..

Sean Constable - Jan 17, 2020

EPO Board of Appeal confirms Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent lacks priority and upholds revocation decision

In one of the most high profile cases of recent years, a European..

Camille Terfve - Jan 02, 2020

AI, deep learning and image analysis in bioinformatics

Putting “AI” in the title of your paper, or indeed in the name of..

Anna Mudge - Dec 18, 2019

Will biomarkers come of age?

The world’s population is ageing. In 2018, for the first time in..

Camille Terfve - Dec 16, 2019

Bioinformatics: biological and medical sciences in the age of big data

What is bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is a term which we will use as..

Camille Terfve - Dec 16, 2019

Bioinformatics is everywhere!

As discussed in a previous post, most types of biological or medical..

Isobel Stone - Dec 16, 2019

Collagen scaffolds – the future of tissue engineering?

Despite the success of organ transplantation since its inception in..

Eliot Ward - Dec 06, 2019

Gamma/delta T cells emerge as an untapped resource for cancer immunotherapy

Third lymphocyte lineage shows its mettle

B lymphocytes, a type of..

Anna Mudge - Nov 27, 2019

Biomarkers and precision medicine

A biomarker, an amalgamation of the term ‘biological marker’, is a..

Richard Clegg - Nov 15, 2019

Meet the team: Richard Clegg, Partner, European Patent Attorney, Patent Attorney Litigator

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Richard Clegg about..

Maria Hall - Nov 14, 2019

New report launched: EPO Opposition Trends in the Life Sciences Sector

Our new research has revealed several recent patterns regarding the..

Katherine Green - Nov 14, 2019

EPO oppositions: Nine key questions answered

Mewburn Ellis has dug deep into a decade of EPO life sciences'..

Chris Denison - Nov 12, 2019

Meet the team: Chris Denison, Partner, European Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Chris Denison about..

Rebecca Tollervey - Nov 11, 2019

Top tips for patenting antibodies in Europe

Antibody development is a mature field of technology. There are..

Seán Walton - Nov 11, 2019

Oppositions a case to remember: we forced a fuller view of technical features

Case 1 – T 1859/08 ( EPO Board of Appeal, 5 June 2016)            


Simon Kiddle - Nov 08, 2019

Meet The Team: Simon Kiddle, Partner, European Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Simon Kiddle about..

Katherine Green - Nov 05, 2019

Meet The Team: Katherine Green, Partner, European Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Katherine Green..

Seán Walton - Nov 01, 2019

Meet The Team: Seán Walton, Partner, European Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Seán Walton about..

Camille Terfve - Oct 30, 2019

EPO Bioinformatics Roadshow

There is still a relatively prevalent view in the field of..

Katherine Green - Oct 30, 2019

Oppositions - a case to remember. Flexibility around added matter

Case 2 – T 0099/13 (EPO Board of Appeal, 14 January 2016)         


Emily Hayes - Oct 28, 2019

Meet The Team: Emily Hayes, Partner, European Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Emily Hayes about..

Foteini Tzakoniati - Oct 25, 2019

Employing CRISPR to expose ‘hiding’ cancer cells to immunotherapy

Immunotherapy employs the patient’s immune system against cancer...

Thomas Driver - Oct 23, 2019

Renewable energy – huge potential for biofuel innovation

It has been widely reported in the media recently that we need to do..

Nick Sutcliffe - Oct 21, 2019

Controlling genes – the new field of epitranscriptomics

The human genome contains roughly 20,000 genes that encode proteins...

Tanis Keirstead - Sep 19, 2019

Obtaining patent protection for fermentation processes and products – the European perspective

Fermented foods have been known for millennia and form an important..

Simon Kremer - Sep 11, 2019

Food of the future – regulating and protecting gene-edited crops

A recent episode of the BBC World Service’s excellent series “50..

Camille Terfve - Sep 04, 2019

DIY biology dilemma – regulating biohacking

Science kits may have inspired generations of children to become..

Nick Sutcliffe - Aug 29, 2019

Shifting treatments: cancer as a manageable disease

As new treatments drive a shift towards treating cancer as a..

Camille Terfve - Aug 15, 2019

Patentable subject matter in bioinformatics - USPTO’s January 2019 guidance

In this article, Paul Liu and Ashley Barton from Duane Morris LLP..

Richard Clegg - Aug 13, 2019

Challenges Post­ Selex

Twenty-five years ago Tuerk and Gold reported the Selex method. Being..

Frances Salisbury - Aug 05, 2019

The rise of predictive medicine

Thanks to significant advances in genetics, we are not only getting..

Adam Gregory - Jul 23, 2019

Cultured meat - food for thought

Cultured meat is rapidly emerging alongside plant-and..

Emily Hayes - Jul 05, 2019

A Myriad of effects

Even though the decision in Myriad is now 6 years old and there have..

Frances Salisbury - Jun 26, 2019

Gender medicine – deriving novelty from treating women?

When you hear the term “gender medicine”, what comes to mind? For..

Adam Gregory - Jun 21, 2019

Singapore biotech start-ups: the importance of patent protection

Singapore’s biotech industry plays a key role in shaping the..

Anna Mudge - Jun 19, 2019

Tips from the top: inspiring women in technology

You may be surprised to hear that only 17% of those working in..

Adam Gregory - May 17, 2019

Precision therapeutics for the precision medicine era

In recent years we have seen dramatic advances in our understanding..

Simon Kiddle - Apr 29, 2019

Personalised medicine: patient stratification

While the general idea of customising treatment to patients is not..

Frances Salisbury - Apr 15, 2019

Pioneers of precision medicine

Breakthroughs in healthcare promise a future in which the individual..

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..

Sean Constable - Mar 06, 2019

EPO oral proceedings in Haar - do they infringe a party’s right to be heard? 

A new referral to the Enlarged Board raises this question...


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..

Thomas Driver - Feb 06, 2019

Plant related inventions: clarity at last?

As we reported previously, EPO Technical Board of Appeal 3304..

Frances Salisbury - Feb 04, 2019

Fighting cancer with CAR-T therapies

In September 2018, NHS England entered into an agreement with Novartis

Emily Hayes - Jan 30, 2019

Commercialising genomic research in the US: tips for obtaining patent protection

The field of genomics has seen incredible advances over the past few..

Frances Salisbury - Jan 30, 2019

China - a key player in the global precision medicine race

With a growing economy, and a large, ageing population, China is..

Sean Jauss - Jan 14, 2019

Eight key themes from the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

I’ve spent the last few days talking with biotech entrepreneurs, VC..

Frances Salisbury - Dec 13, 2018

Precision medicine: ethics, regulation and patent law

New genomic and proteomic analysis technologies allow for diagnosis..

Frances Salisbury - Dec 10, 2018

Plant related inventions: the saga continues

We may be approaching the end of the year, but the saga of patents..

Adam Gregory - Dec 10, 2018

Patent protection: five tips for biotech start-ups

Early-stage biotech companies are often founded based on the exciting..

Richard Clegg - Dec 10, 2018

Clovis Oncology success in European Opposition Proceedings related to Rubraca®

Clovis Oncology has announced that the European Patent Office (EPO)..

Anna Mudge - Dec 02, 2018

The importance of Innovation Hubs in the UK's North West Region

Life science ‘start-ups’, ‘spin-outs’ and SMEs are some of the most..

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..

Frances Salisbury - Oct 31, 2018

Precision Medicine: the next revolution in healthcare

In recent years, we have witnessed a remarkable healthcare..

Richard Clegg - Oct 31, 2018

Morphosis: creating and nurturing biotech start-ups in Singapore

We understand that early-stage biotech companies do not have it easy...

Seán Walton - Oct 03, 2018

The pioneering work of Professor Sir Greg Winter

Professor Sir Greg Winter’s pioneering work using phage display for..

Simon Kremer - Apr 30, 2018

Changes to inter partes review system for challenging granted patents

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two important decisions..