Kate O'Rourke - Oct 14, 2021

Uncharted territory – your IP rights post-Brexit

30 September saw the passing of the final deadline for owners of EU..

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..

Niles Beadman - Sep 28, 2021

Plastic-fuelled fungi

The “circular economy” is often seen as the ultimate goal for the..

David Fyfield - Sep 28, 2021

WHOIS the infringer - identifying the registrant of a domain name

Disputes concerning domain names, linked to cybersquatting, fraud,..

Richard Johnson - Sep 22, 2021

DABUS decision: AI cannot be patent inventor, UK Court of Appeal rules

On 21 September 2021, the UK Court of Appeal rejected an appeal..

Lucy Coe - Sep 21, 2021

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Internet of Things

We are at the start of a technological revolution that will..

John Addiss - Sep 20, 2021

Deadline to protect Registered Community Designs or Hague international designs imminent

Owners of Registered Community Designs (RCDs) or Hague international..

Andrew Tindall - 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..

Pollyanna Savva - Sep 14, 2021

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights X Fashion Industry: Fight fake fashion

Combatting counterfeit goods is a key commercial and strategic..

Intellectual Property Rights X Fashion Shows: Brand protection on the “legal runway”

In the fashion industry, intellectual property rights such as trade..

Andrew Tindall - Sep 09, 2021

Forward looking IP for the future of food

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..

Tanis Keirstead - Sep 08, 2021

A Unified Patents Court in 2022?

The next hurdle in the way of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) opening..

Thomas Lonsdale - Sep 06, 2021

Microplastics: tiny particles causing huge problems

Although small in size, microplastics are a big issue.

..

Katherine Green - Sep 06, 2021

Most opposed patents of 2020

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

Graeme Moore - Aug 24, 2021

New Innovation Strategy for the UK

Last month the UK government launched a new Innovation Strategy,..

Andy King - Aug 23, 2021

The Trademark Registry Exchange - protecting trade marks against Generic Top-Level Domains cybersquatting

The Trademark Registry Exchange (or ‘TREx’) offers domain name owners..

Andy King - Aug 12, 2021

Apply for your Brexit UK trade mark re-filings now to minimise the risk of possible examination delays

Owners of EU trade mark rights that were pending on 31 December 2020..

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..

Richard Clegg - Aug 06, 2021

Mewburn Ellis board signs IP Inclusive Leaders’ Pledge

Mewburn Ellis’ nine board members are proud to be amongst dozens of..

Michali Demetroudi - Aug 05, 2021

Quantum System One: is Europe ready?

With quantum start-ups now appearing across the globe and tech giants..

Helen Bower - Aug 04, 2021

Forward magazine - issue 5 out now!

We are delighted that the new edition of Mewburn Ellis Forward is now..

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..

Emily Hayes - Jul 21, 2021

Board of Appeal oral proceedings may be held by videoconference (ViCo) in an emergency

On 16 July 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal confirmed that Board of..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 20, 2021

WTR Global Leaders 2021

Congratulations to our Head of Trade Marks Kate O'Rourke on being..

Niles Beadman - Jul 20, 2021

Printed pills: a new dimension for medicine

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

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..

Katie Lovell - Jul 15, 2021

Smart grids – cities of the future?

Increasingly, climate change and smart energy consumption are at the..

Andrew Teasdale - Jul 14, 2021

Green graphene - graphene from waste

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

UEFA v The (European) Super League – intellectual property rights on the legal playing field

On 18 April 2021, the proposal for a new mid-week competition for..

Frederick Steele - Jul 07, 2021

Courts and electronic bundling - bundled into the modern age

The pandemic has forced many areas of society and business to adapt,..

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,..

Joe McAlary - Jul 05, 2021

Monkey business: Banksy loses another trade mark registration for bad faith

A recent decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office..

Elizabeth Dale - Jul 05, 2021

Pyrolysis oil – heating up plastics recycling

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

Robert Watson - Jul 02, 2021

Seeing Double at the EPO – what was G4/19 actually about?

Whether double patenting, the granting of more than one patent for..

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..

Andy King - Jul 02, 2021

Ambush marketing: playing by the rules at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

In the year of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games (yes, it is still..

Rachel Collier - Jul 01, 2021

EPO Rule 19 EPC change regarding inventor addresses

There has been a recent change to Rule 19 EPC which concerns..

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..

Helen Bower - Jun 29, 2021

Forward: On Demand - vlogs, podcasts and webinars

Forward: On Demand is a new stream of video blogs (vlogs), podcasts..

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..

Exhausted by Brexit?

On 7 June 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) launched..

Alexander Cavell - Jun 28, 2021

Structural batteries: “massless” energy storage

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

Richard Johnson - Jun 28, 2021

European qualifying examinations (EQE) success

Results from the most recent European qualifying examinations (EQE)..

Andy King - Jun 28, 2021

YouGov survey finds that nearly a quarter of businesses have been a victim of cybersquatting

A recent survey conducted by Mewburn Ellis, in conjunction with..

Chris Cattley - Jun 24, 2021

The future of autonomous vehicles on land and sea

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Chris Cattley and Rob Walker 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..

Andrew Tindall - Jun 15, 2021

Cell therapy: repairing and rebuilding the body

It might be trite to observe, but as the human body is formed of..

Thomas Driver - Jun 09, 2021

Methylomics – analysing DNA methylation signatures to diagnose cancer

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

Thomas Lonsdale - Jun 07, 2021

Unwrapping compostable packaging

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

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..

Rebecca Blundell - Jun 03, 2021

From the Moon to Mars: tyres for space exploration

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

Rob Walker - Jun 01, 2021

World Bicycle Day: a history of bicycles through patents

3rd June 2021 marks the 4th World Bicycle Day, which, in the words of..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - May 26, 2021

Protecting your brand - trade mark or design, or both?

Logos, shape marks, packaging and containers, and distinctive..

Patent Settlement Agreements with a “Pay for Delay” element – restrictive ‘by object’?

Almost two decades ago the European Commission (EC) launched a..

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..

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..

Lucy Coe - May 18, 2021

Optimism, Growth and Fulfilment: how can we feel fulfilled at work at all stages of our career?

Earlier this month, on 4 May 2021, Mewburn Ellis was delighted to..

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..

Helen Bower - May 10, 2021

EPO Opposition Trends in Engineering, Electronics and Software Special Report

In autumn 2020, we analysed more than 8000 opposition cases filed at..

Stephen Gill - May 06, 2021

We helped determine the meaning of “technical feature”

Case - T 0258/03

Our extensive arguments in relation to whether a..

Matthew Naylor - May 05, 2021

Case review: what can be considered as prior art when assessing inventive step?

Case - T 0211/06

In the decision T 0211/06 from the EPO Board 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..

Stephen Gill - May 03, 2021

Engineering oppositions: what is considered to be an implicit disclosure in a patent application?

Case - T2541/11

This decision provides guidance and clarification in..

Joseph Newcombe - Apr 26, 2021

COVID-19 win for AI pharma farmers

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

Kate O'Rourke - Apr 23, 2021

Impact of Brexit on pending EU trade mark applications

Trade mark owners should be alert to the deadline of 30th September..

Dan Thornton - Apr 23, 2021

UK SMEs left exposed by failure to protect IP

New research from Mewburn Ellis and YouGov to mark International IP..

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..

Andy King - Apr 21, 2021

Thoughts on UK IPO representation for foreign-owned UK trade mark registrations

Foreign owners of UK trade mark registrations are advised to appoint..

Fay Allen - Apr 19, 2021

What is the cancer microbiome?

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

Andrew Tindall - Apr 19, 2021

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

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

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..

Daniel Brodsky - Apr 14, 2021

Patenting a software invention at the UKIPO: a case study

In a recent success for one of our clients, we overcame an objection..

Isobel Stone - Apr 07, 2021

Hydrogen: turning grey to green

Hydrogen fuels, with their high energy density and clean-air..

Lucy White - Mar 31, 2021

The future of organ transplantation: growing organs from scratch?

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

Andrew Fearnside - Mar 29, 2021

PsiQuantum expect commercial quantum computer by 2025

By 2025, the team from secretive quantum computing firm PsiQuantum..

Sarah Harvey - Mar 23, 2021

EPO 2020 Patent Index - key trends

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

Dan Thornton - Mar 19, 2021

The UK tech sector – alive and kicking

Tech Nation recently published their latest report on the state of..

Sam Haggerty - Mar 17, 2021

eFuel – the solution to green air travel?

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

Urs Ferber - Mar 16, 2021

Patent litigation in Germany - an overview

Germany – Europe’s largest economy – is an important market with..

A perfect score for British Gymnastics at IPEC

The national governing body (NGB) for gymnastics in the UK, British..

Eleanor Maciver - Mar 12, 2021

Selection inventions before the EPO

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

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..

Dan Thornton - Mar 02, 2021

Working together to define future mobility

The fourth industrial revolution – big data – blockchain – artificial..

Thomas Lonsdale - Mar 02, 2021

Breaking down barriers to film recycling

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

Richard Johnson - Mar 01, 2021

Developments in patenting activity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Humans generate a mind-boggling amount of data each day. This..

Ben Boyd - Feb 23, 2021

Are we about to see a boom in supersonic flight?

It has been nearly 20 years since the last commercial Concorde flight..

Dan Thornton - Feb 23, 2021

IP rights and company performance – a causal connection?

We believe that IP can play an important positive role in commercial..

Christoph Moeller - Feb 22, 2021

Updates to the EPO Guidelines 2021

The long awaited EPO Guidelines update has now been published (albeit..

Rob Walker - Feb 22, 2021

Autonomous vehicles: into reverse or about to shift up a gear?

While the past 12 months have been a rocky ride for much of the..

Joe McAlary - Feb 22, 2021

HALLOUMI v BBQLOUMI – General Court rules that there is no likelihood of confusion

In a long running dispute over the marks “HALLOUMI” and “BBQLOUMI”,..

John Ioannou - Feb 17, 2021

Top 5 fields of technology for Internet of Things (IoT) patenting

The term “internet of things (IoT)” has often been mentioned in..

Chris Cattley - Feb 17, 2021

Maritime robotics ​- autonomous technology improving shipping efficiency

To date, much of the focus on autonomous technology has centred on..

Dan Thornton - Feb 17, 2021

Confidence with patent documents as a technical resource

What is a patent document and why could it be useful to your R&D team?

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..

Robert Watson - Feb 16, 2021

Robert Watson appointed to EPO’s Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO)

Robert Watson has been appointed to the EPO’s Standing Advisory..

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..

Maria Hall - Feb 09, 2021

New partner promotions

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

Sean Jauss - Feb 04, 2021

Protecting your intellectual property: top tips for start-ups

It is common currency that intellectual property (IP) is an important..

Andy King - Feb 03, 2021

The principle of replacement in trade marks

The creation, by Brexit, of many thousands of new ‘comparable’ UK..

Sofia Arenal - Feb 03, 2021

Practical considerations for evidence at the UKIPO

Since it is no longer possible to cover the UK by filing a trade mark..

Niles Beadman - Feb 01, 2021

Tyres: the secret polluter

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

Adam Gregory - Jan 29, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 variants – reasons to be optimistic

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

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jan 29, 2021

In(sta)fringement: reporting trade mark infringement on Instagram

Most readers will be familiar with Instagram, a global photo and..

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..

Dan Thornton - Jan 25, 2021

WIPO Proof – a digital signature tool for evidencing documents

Launched last year, WIPO Proof is an initiative created by the World..

Urs Ferber - Jan 21, 2021

Deep neural networks: of dogs, muffins, and self-driving cars

You may have come across the “animals vs. food” picture quiz on the..

Thomas Driver - Jan 21, 2021

Bugs and slimes – or protein for modern times?

Current agricultural practices are considered by many to be..

Nathan Zhang - Jan 15, 2021

Lithium-metal batteries: a separator solution to dendrites

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

Andy King - Jan 01, 2021

Webinar - What does Brexit really mean for trade marks, designs and patents?

The UK formally left the EU at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020. This..

Maria Hall - Dec 21, 2020

Forward: 2020 Features Special — out now!

Back in March we made the decision to take Forward magazine online...

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..

Tom Furnival - Dec 17, 2020

Ericsson accuses Samsung of un-FRAND-ly patent negotiations

Following on from Unwired Planet v Huawei, Ericsson have launched a ..

Dan Thornton - Dec 17, 2020

Why building and nurturing an IP culture in your business is important

Intellectual property (“IP”) – patents in particular – form a key..

Sam Bailey - Dec 17, 2020

EU batteries directive – powering up opportunities?

Changing needs, new demands

Global energy consumption has more than..

Kate O'Rourke - Dec 16, 2020

Brexit has happened - what you need to know about the impact on trade marks

Kate O’Rourke sets out the principles for UK and EU trade mark..

Stephen Gill - Dec 16, 2020

What has railway signalling got to do with sealed tube transport?

Railways depend for modern long-distance and high density train..

Tanis Keirstead - Dec 14, 2020

New appointments signal rapid growth for Mewburn Ellis in Munich

We have continued to demonstrate impressive growth with a series of..

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..

James Leach - Dec 07, 2020

Software inventions at the European Patent Office: an in-depth study

It is sometimes difficult to obtain patent protection for inventions..

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..

Camille Terfve - Dec 03, 2020

Deep learning cracks the protein folding problem?

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

Adam Gregory - Dec 02, 2020

First regulatory approval for cultured meat – a major milestone

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

Christoph Moeller - Dec 01, 2020

Düsseldorf Regional Court refers Nokia vs. Daimler licensing dispute to CJEU

As anticipated, the Düsseldorf Regional Court, in its decision Nokia..

Richard Howe - Nov 29, 2020

Graphene getting the automotive industry into gear

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

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..

Edmund Harrison - Nov 24, 2020

Amazon Pharmacy trade mark battle

Amazon’s latest trademark dispute stems from its efforts to launch a..

Kate O'Rourke - Nov 20, 2020

UKIPO confirms new ‘Address for Service’ rules

CITMA is celebrating a major victory on Brexit in the wake of the..

Richard Clegg - Nov 19, 2020

Diversity & inclusion is high on our agenda

Diversity & inclusion is high on the agenda for Mewburn Ellis, it’s..

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..

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

The recent announcement by the EPO of “videoconference (“ViCo”) as..

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..

Andrew Fearnside - Nov 06, 2020

Britain launches largest industry-led project to commercialise the use of quantum computing

On 6 November 2020, Britain launched its largest industry-led quantum..

COVID-19 rescue act or major overhaul of the UK insolvency framework?

As we go into England’s second national lockdown of this COVID-19..

Andy King - Nov 06, 2020

The impact of Brexit on .EU domain names

Internet domain names are crucial commercial assets for many..

Maria Hall - Nov 02, 2020

Mewburn Ellis support the British Science Association CREST Awards with £40,000 donation

We're really pleased to announce that we have now finalised an..

Rebecca Tollervey - Oct 30, 2020

Highly-engineered antibodies: evolving the patent strategy

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

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 29, 2020

Impact of Brexit on designs – an update

As of 1st January 2021, Registered Community Designs (RCDs),..

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..

Emily Hayes - Oct 26, 2020

We perform significantly better than the EPO average at oppositions

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

Andy King - Oct 26, 2020

Utilising the potential of Amazon Brand Registry to protect and benefit your brand

As representatives for thousands of our client’s EUTM and UK trade..

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

Pollyanna Savva - Oct 22, 2020

Three-dimensional Ferrari trade mark driven to partial cancellation

EUIPO Cancellation Division partially cancels trade mark consisting..

Nick Sutcliffe - Oct 21, 2020

Liquid biopsies support precision medicine

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

Paul Dunne - Oct 20, 2020

Circular economy: rethinking composite plastic packaging

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

Dan Thornton - Oct 15, 2020

Robotic distancing

Minimising person to person contact is the major weapon in reducing..

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..

Robert Worboys - Oct 13, 2020

An introduction into extended reality (XR): the next level in 2020 vision

Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term covering technologies that..

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..

Urs Ferber - Oct 08, 2020

Thoughts on the transition to fully autonomous driving

Imagine the following situation: you just received your brand-new,..

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 –..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 30, 2020

Renewal of EU trade marks post-Brexit

Owners of EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) which are due to be renewed after..

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,..

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..

Shaun Harvey - Sep 22, 2020

How IP firms can provide an eco-friendly future

How can IP firms help create a more sustainable future? CITMA spoke..

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..

Edmund Harrison - Sep 18, 2020

Bad Faith at the UK IPO – a review of recent cases

The recent Sky v SkyKick case has put a renewed focus on the issue of..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Sep 18, 2020

Banksy’s ‘Flower Thrower’ trade mark cancelled for bad faith

A recent decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office..

Andrew Tindall - 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..

Pollyanna Savva - Sep 11, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover unable to defend three-dimensional trade mark before the UK High Court

UK High Court (HC) upholds decision of UK IPO to refuse registration..

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..

Christoph Moeller - Sep 10, 2020

IP protection for 3D printed inventions

3D printing, known in industry as “additive manufacturing”, has..

James Leach - Sep 09, 2020

Light speed AI: sci-fi buzzwords or computing reality?

In recent years, there has been rapid acceleration in quantum..

Andrew Fearnside - Sep 09, 2020

Post-quantum cryptography – a new hope

The race to build a large-scale quantum computer is one of the most..

Michali Demetroudi - Sep 08, 2020

Noisy quantum computing: overcoming quantum decoherence

Anticipated as the next great leap in human technology, quantum..

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..

Simon Parry - Sep 05, 2020

Driving technology – could hands-free driving become legal in the UK?

Specialist Patent Attorney and Automotive Safety Specialist Simon..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 01, 2020

The benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to brands and businesses

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is standard practice for most..

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..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 28, 2020

Antimicrobial resistance – a global response to a global threat

The discovery and development of antimicrobial agents and..

Jacqueline Pang - Aug 28, 2020

Chinese character marks at the EUIPO

As Chinese companies continue to grow and expand overseas, there has..

Daniel Brodsky - Aug 27, 2020

How cities are adapting to the electric vehicle revolution

The number of electric vehicles on roads around the world is growing..

Tom Furnival - Aug 26, 2020

Unwired Planet v Huawei – the Supreme Court’s FRAND(ly) judgement

Published Wednesday 26th August 2020, the Supreme Court has handed..

Ben Boyd - Aug 26, 2020

What’s cool in the world of air conditioning?

Air conditioning accounts for approximately 10% of all electricity..

Katherine Green - Aug 21, 2020

Most Opposed Patents of 2019

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

Dan Thornton - Aug 21, 2020

Smart phones and intoxication detection

On the 18th of August 2020, researchers from the University of..

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 Parry - Aug 19, 2020

Are Automated Lane Keeping Systems on the UK horizon?

On 18th August 2020, the UK government’s Department for Transport..

Christoph Moeller - Aug 18, 2020

Nokia vs. Daimler - FRAND defence does not apply

Breaking News in Nokia vs. Daimler (2 O 34/19) - (FRAND/SEP case)

The..
James Leach - Aug 12, 2020

Five things you (really) need to know about patenting software in Europe

We often receive enquiries asking whether a particular..

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..

Simon Parry - Aug 11, 2020

Turning the tide – the growing use of electrical power in the shipping industry

Hybrid and fully electric cars are now beginning to garner wider..

Team Home or Team Office: the challenges of a COVID-19 secure workplace

Solicitor Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto discusses how the COVID-19..

Is Sky the limit in the David versus Goliath trade mark battle of the last decade?

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto examines the potential implications of Sky..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Aug 05, 2020

Geographical indications: the evolving scope of evocation

Under EU law, protected designations of origin (PDOs) and protected..

Adam Gregory - Aug 03, 2020

Cellular Agriculture – forecasting innovation

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

Ben Boyd - Jul 30, 2020

How self-driving cars are putting the brakes on vehicle collisions

When I first started driving, my parents would tell me to “drive..

Edmund Harrison - Jul 29, 2020

®egistration and/or use of a trade mark – an automatic defence in the UK to trade mark infringement claims?

It is quite a common and perfectly reasonable assumption by some..

Ben Boyd - Jul 29, 2020

Amazon and Zoox steer toward the development of self-driving delivery vehicles

Amazon has agreed to acquire self-driving start-up Zoox for USD $1.2..

Kate O'Rourke - Jul 29, 2020

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court - ongoing success for brand owners

Since 1990 businesses seeking to defend their intellectual property..

Tom Furnival - Jul 28, 2020

A brighter future for unconventional agriculture?

At the cost of more than one sad-looking hanging basket, I have come..

Sofia Arenal - Jul 28, 2020

Oreo vs Twins - the biscuit wars

Since 2015, two major biscuit manufacturers, have been doing battle,..

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)                 ..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 22, 2020

Great City Race 2020 – Run from Home

On Tuesday 21 July a team of 13 Mewburn runners from across our..

Pollyanna Savva - Jul 22, 2020

Branding in the TikTok® era

The social media landscape has changed significantly over the last..

Victoria Coleman - Jul 21, 2020

UK formally withdraws from the UPC

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

Chris Cattley - Jul 21, 2020

Future mobility: exploring the new normal

In a recent article we discussed the numerous and varied aspects..

Jane Liu - Jul 17, 2020

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

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites are lightweight yet strong..

Frances Salisbury - Jul 16, 2020

Five tips for patenting inventions in personalised and stratified medicine

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

Andy King - Jul 16, 2020

Madrid Protocol designations - the growing requirement for domestic representatives

The absence of a requirement to instruct local professional..

Christoph Moeller - Jul 15, 2020

Landmark judgement in German FRAND case Sisvel vs. Haier

On May 5, 2020, the Cartel Senate of the German Federal Supreme Court..

Camille Terfve - Jul 14, 2020

Can software be therapeutic?

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

Stephen Gill - Jul 10, 2020

Batteries in trains – filling the gap

Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have recently announced an..

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..

Alexander Cavell - Jul 07, 2020

Tesla: Driving battery development differently

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

Ashley Cresswell - Jul 02, 2020

E-scooters – a solution to socially distanced travel?

The UK Government has announced that trials of rental e-scooters will..

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)         ..

Pollyanna Savva - Jun 26, 2020

Industry makeover: how the cosmetics industry has been affected by COVID-19

The cosmetics industry has undergone a major transformation during..

Rebecca Tollervey - Jun 25, 2020

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

Immunologist Karl Friston of University College London has theorized..

Sean Jauss - Jun 24, 2020

A shake up in legal advice privilege: protect your client-lawyer communications!

Legal privilege is not an area of law that changes much. But the..

Melodie Richardson - Jun 24, 2020

Increasing battery capacity: going Si high

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

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..

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’..

Edmund Harrison - Jun 18, 2020

Life after Skykick: where next for wide specification filings at the UK IPO and EU IPO?

This article examines some of the issues around the concept of use..

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,..

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..

Tom Furnival - Jun 09, 2020

Mitsubishi Electric to embark on 5G testing programme

In a recent press release Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jun 08, 2020

Zombie trade marks: overcoming the pitfalls of resurrecting a brand

Have you ever fondly remembered a brand from your youth and wished..

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..

Dan Thornton - May 29, 2020

Go for launch - SpaceX, NASA set for milestone mission

You may have been watching the build up to the manned launch of the..

Thomas Lonsdale - May 28, 2020

Recycling polymer composites (mixed material complicates)

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

Alex Burns - May 28, 2020

Contact tracing – our route out of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown?

It appears that the United Kingdom is now past the peak of the..

Frederick Steele - May 22, 2020

Electronic signatures, “the new normal”?

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing has meant that..

Sean Jauss - May 20, 2020

Fashion and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: brand protection should never go out of style

The fashion industry like all other industries is navigating..

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)            

..

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..

Andrew Tindall - 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..

Joe McAlary - May 11, 2020

Packaging – why a design registration could help protect your look

The food and drink sector is a notoriously crowded and competitive..

Joseph Newcombe - May 07, 2020

InVEntions of WWII

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

Pollyanna Savva - May 06, 2020

Counterfeit contagion: fraudulent activities spread amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused disruption to manufacturing..

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..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 30, 2020

The power of trade marks: social distancing logos during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We are all now familiar with the social distancing guidelines set out..

Tom Furnival - Apr 28, 2020

5G and autonomous vehicles - accelerating data communication speed

The amount of data that self-driving cars are predicted to use is..

Genevieve Pugh - Apr 28, 2020

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

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

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)      

 

..

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..

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..

The CJEU delivers the sweet fragrance of victory to Amazon

On 2 April 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)..

Tom Furnival - Apr 22, 2020

How 3D printing is helping in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19)

In a crisis which has been defined by its pace of change, 3D printing..

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..

Richard Howe - Apr 09, 2020

Crown Use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

As discussed in a previous blog, the UK Government has the power to..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 09, 2020

Why a "COVID-19” trade mark should be rejected

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly forced us all to adapt our..

Callum McGuinn - Apr 07, 2020

Taking charge - repurposing, recycling and reinventing batteries

Innovation in repurposing, recycling and reinventing batteries will..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Apr 03, 2020

3D printing community responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge

The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has left healthcare systems..

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..

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..

Maria Hall - Apr 01, 2020

New partner promotion and director appointments

We are delighted to announce five new roles across three of our..

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..

Tanis Keirstead - Mar 26, 2020

German Constitutional Court Verdict: Stumbling Block or Death Knell for the UPC?

On 20 March 2020, three years after the challenge was originally..

Andrew Tindall - Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): a case study in emerging disease

Update: This article was updated on 24 March 2020 to reflect new..

Alison Fugard - Mar 24, 2020

Pushing Energy Storage to the MX(ene)

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

Richard Clegg - Mar 20, 2020

Changes to our correspondence address

In response to the current situation in London due to Coronavirus..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 19, 2020

Parallel imports of pharmaceuticals – A UK trade mark perspective

The UK parallel import licensing scheme lets a medicine authorised in..

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..

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’)..

Kate O'Rourke - Mar 09, 2020

When the sky is not the limit: Issues facing businesses when expanding services and products

Conflicting views on the legitimacy of filing trademarks with broad..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Mar 06, 2020

Finding the “lost Einsteins” of innovation

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

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 05, 2020

Latest in Halloumi trade mark dispute

In July 2014, Bulgarian company M. J. Dairies EOOD filed a European..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 03, 2020

What’s in a name? Enforcing trade mark rights and the own name defence

Clothing and accessories brand Hugo Boss has recently found itself..

Richard Clegg - Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Updated: 2pm Sunday 1st November 2020

Mewburn Ellis took the..

Chris Denison - Feb 28, 2020

UK will not participate in the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent systems

Yesterday the UK Government published its negotiating objectives for..

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..

Andy King - Feb 20, 2020

Sky v Skykick - status quo remains for trade mark owners

Background

Sky, the TV, broadcasting, media and telecommunications..

Nick Sutcliffe - Feb 18, 2020

The evolutionary history of cancer - predicting the disease

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

Jacqueline Murphy - Feb 17, 2020

World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020

Mewburn Ellis is delighted to once again be ranked in World Trade..

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 ..

John Addiss - Feb 04, 2020

Patenting the Internet of Things – the European perspective

It is estimated that by 2025 there will be 26-30 billion devices in..

Maria Hall - Feb 03, 2020

Munich office expansion with high-profile lateral hire

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

Andrew Tindall - 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)     

The..

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

Welcome to our new website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website, it..

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..

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..

James Leach - Jan 20, 2020

AI: Machine learning - the when’s and the how’s of machine learning

In our recent post on the use of artificial intelligence in..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 08, 2020

JUVE Patent UK ranking 2020

We are delighted to be recommended in JUVE's Patent UK ranking 2020..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 17, 2019

The 12 elements of Christmas...

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

As 2019..

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..

James Leach - Dec 13, 2019

AI: Machine learning - what is the machine actually learning?

Following on from Richard Johnson’s blog post “Inventive AI: can..

Rachel Oxley - Dec 11, 2019

Indian Patent Office adopts the Patent Prosecution Highway programme

Recently, the Indian Union Cabinet approved a proposal for the Indian..

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..

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..

Pollyanna Savva - Dec 04, 2019

Rubik’s Cube trade mark in puzzling General Court decision

This article was originally published on the CITMA website. View the..

Kate O'Rourke - Dec 02, 2019

The Aboriginal flag dispute in focus: who owns the right to use?

The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily..

William Hey - Nov 28, 2019

Australian innovation patent system - the end is near

The Australian innovation patent system is on its last legs, which..

Anna Mudge - Nov 27, 2019

Biomarkers come of age

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

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Nov 27, 2019

General Court annuls incorrect interpreted specification of trade mark

We are delighted to report that our client Alliance Pharmaceuticals..

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..

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..

Chris Denison - Nov 12, 2019

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

It doesn’t come terribly naturally, admits Chris Denison, to talk..

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..

Rebecca Tollervey - Nov 11, 2019

Top tips for patenting antibodies in Europe

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

Michali Demetroudi - Nov 11, 2019

Extreme fast charging – the future of electric vehicle batteries

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

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 a child I was always interested in the way things work – mucking..

Andrew Pitts - Nov 06, 2019

Coffee capsules: greener grounds

Large consumer companies are increasingly focusing on reworking their..

Katherine Green - Nov 05, 2019

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

“Arguing with people about molecules is my dream job,” says Katherine..

Camille Terfve - Oct 30, 2019

EPO Bioinformatics Roadshow

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

Alexander Cavell - Oct 30, 2019

Plastics recycling: polymers unzipped

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

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)         

..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 29, 2019

Chambers & Partners Legal Guide 2019

We are delighted to report that Mewburn Ellis has once again been..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 29, 2019

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2019

We are delighted to have been ranked as a top tier firm in the 2019..

Maria Hall - Oct 28, 2019

Lateral partner hire into our new Patent Director role

We are pleased to announce the lateral hire of Paul Misselbrook,..

Emily Hayes - Oct 28, 2019

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

“I remember being really young, maybe six or seven, and wanting to be..
Christoph Moeller - Oct 26, 2019

FRAND Licensing of SEPs in the age of connected cars

Cars are developing more and more into computerized mobile platforms...

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...

Niles Beadman - Oct 09, 2019

Consumable consumables: the edible water bottle

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

Richard Johnson - Oct 07, 2019

Inventive AI: can machines innovate?

The integration of technology based on artificial intelligence into..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Oct 02, 2019

5 top tips to prevent trade mark ‘genericide’

Most trade mark owners will be aware that their UK or European Union..

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..

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..

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..

Christoph Moeller - Sep 13, 2019

Intermodality: the future of transport?

Search the term 'intermodality' and you'll turn up a number of..

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..

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..

Nick Sutcliffe - Aug 29, 2019

Shifting treatments: cancer as a manageable disease

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

Simon Parry - Aug 19, 2019

Team Bath Racing Electric - zooming through 2019

Each year, over 100 university engineering teams from around the..

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..

Sean Jauss - Aug 13, 2019

Understanding Europe’s trade secret rules

Companies invest in developing or acquiring intellectual capital to..

Richard Clegg - Aug 13, 2019

Challenges Post­ Selex

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

Andy King - Aug 12, 2019

USPTO changes rules of representation for overseas trade mark applicants

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has recently changed the..

Tom Furnival - Aug 07, 2019

A case in point - Trunki vs Kiddee

Rob Law, the founder and chief executive of Magmatic who make the..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 07, 2019

Speeding things up at the EPO

There are many reasons why an applicant may wish to speed up the..

Frances Salisbury - Aug 05, 2019

The rise of predictive medicine

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

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..

Andy King - Jul 31, 2019

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trademarks: can (and should) you register culturally sensitive names?

Andy King, Partner and Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, discusses..

Christoph Moeller - Jul 31, 2019

The rise of e-scooters - micromobility gains momentum

As congestion in cities rises, existing transportation can no longer..

Dydra Donath - Jul 24, 2019

New European spirit drinks regulation EU 2019/787

Dydra Donath breaks down the new regulation the EU has placed on..

Adam Gregory - Jul 23, 2019

Cultured meat - food for thought

Cultured meat is rapidly emerging alongside plant-and..

Tom Furnival - Jul 12, 2019

EPO Quality Report 2018

July has seen the publishing of the European Patent Office’s (EPO)..

Emily Hayes - Jul 05, 2019

A Myriad of effects

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

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..

Christoph Moeller - Jun 26, 2019

Data and security issues in a world of connected cars

Mobility patterns are changing and technological innovations in..

Frances Salisbury - Jun 26, 2019

Gender medicine – deriving novelty from treating women?

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

Kate O'Rourke - Jun 21, 2019

Three-stripes and you’re out: Adidas lose trade mark battle

Adidas’ famed three-stripe logo has been deemed as lacking..

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..

Callum McGuinn - Jun 18, 2019

Medicinal cannabis: recent changes and future innovations

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

Jacqueline Murphy - Jun 17, 2019

IAM Patent 1000, 2019

We are delighted to be ranked highly recommended in ‘IAM 1000: The..

Sean Jauss - Jun 14, 2019

Conducting due diligence and audits on intellectual property rights

You conduct due diligence of intellectual property (IP) rights to..

Christoph Moeller - May 24, 2019

A single to Singapore please: the rise in on-demand bus services

Discussion about future mobility tends to focus on the strategies of..

Dydra Donath - May 20, 2019

Glen Buchenbach - Scotch whisky?

Originally published in The Trademark Lawyer, Dydra Donath discusses..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Apr 10, 2019

AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event: Manchester 4 April 2019

On Thursday 4 April, we were delighted to host an American..

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..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 03, 2019

Babybel trade mark blow

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has dealt a blow to the..

Christoph Moeller - Mar 28, 2019

The road to autonomous

In a recent article published in Intellectual Property Magazine, ..

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..

Robert Watson - Mar 21, 2019

Numbering system for re-registered design rights and comparable trade marks

The UK enacted the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 which provides the basis..

Maria Hall - Mar 11, 2019

Former CITMA President Kate O’Rourke to head our European trade mark services

We are delighted to announce that Kate O’Rourke will join the firm on..

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...

The..

Emma Graham - Feb 26, 2019

How to patent AI technology at the EPO

Once only a figment of the imagination in literature such as Mark..

Simon Parry - Feb 25, 2019

Self-driving vehicles: what do consumers think (and want)?

As a survey of 25,000 consumers in 20 countries, and a study that has..

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..

Andrew Tindall - 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

Jacqueline Murphy - Feb 04, 2019

WTR 1000 2019 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

We are delighted to have been named as a recommended firm in the ..

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..

Google issued with €50 million fine by CNIL for data protection practices

The French counterpart to our own Information Commissioner, the..

Christoph Moeller - Jan 28, 2019

Autonomous driving: the IP twists and turns

Autonomous driving (AD) is on everyone’s lips when it comes to the..

Simon Parry - Jan 22, 2019

Autonomous vehicles - the race to innovate

The future of the automotive sector will be fundamentally different..

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..

Christoph Moeller - Dec 11, 2018

Future mobility: the new direction of transport

Massive social, economic and technology trends are converging to..

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)..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Dec 06, 2018

Significant blow to Cadbury in purple trade mark battle

Cadbury has been dealt a blow by the Court of Appeal in its battle to..

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..

Shaun Harvey - Nov 08, 2018

Our Cambridge Office moves to prestigious Innovation Park

Our Cambridge office moved on  26 November to the prestigious St..

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...

Simon Parry - Oct 30, 2018

Team Bath Racing Electric: racing to success

Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) achieved their best ever ranking at..

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..

Graeme Moore - Oct 19, 2018

Patenting board games and puzzles

Quite a lot of people think of new games and puzzles, and wonder..

Seán Walton - Oct 03, 2018

The pioneering work of Professor Sir Greg Winter

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

Shaun Harvey - Oct 01, 2018

Our growth story

The last 12 months have seen a period of remarkable growth and..

Robert Watson - Sep 27, 2018

Navigating the Brexit landscape: patents

The existing European patent system was unaffected by the UK leaving..

Jacqueline Pang - Jul 20, 2018

Roger Federer in trade mark dispute with Nike

Roger Federer recently left Nike and signed a deal with Uniqlo..

Maria Hall - Jul 09, 2018

Our new brand: the forward-looking IP firm

Mewburn Ellis is a name synonymous with quality in the IP space. We..

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..

Richard Johnson - Apr 26, 2018

ECJ provides clarity on the application of Article 8(1) of the Community Design Regulation

Europe’s highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), recently..

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..