Matthew Naylor - Apr 10, 2024

UPC Weekly - Mind your costs

2024 Week 14

The UPC Court of Appeal issued a collection of five..

Matthew Naylor - Apr 03, 2024

Public access to UPC proceedings

When the UPC was set up, a basic tenet was set out in Article 45 of..

Katherine Collins - Apr 02, 2024

Efficiency in Expansion: Meeting the Scale-Up Challenge in Cell and Gene Therapies

One of the pivotal challenges in the development and..

Anthony Judd - Apr 02, 2024

EPO related support measures for small entities – 1 April 2024


From 1 April 2024, the EPO are introducing a new fee..

Edward Couchman - Mar 25, 2024

Cancer-killing bacteria: past, present and future

While bacteria have frequently made the medical news in recent years..

Amin Zouine - Mar 22, 2024

From grass to graphene: could methane answer the call for rising nanomaterial demand?

Methane, the principal component in natural gas, accounts for..

Christoph Moeller - Mar 20, 2024

EU design protection rules modernised for new technologies and circular economy

On 14 March 2024, the European Parliament approved modernised EU..

Callum Anderson - Mar 13, 2024

Can AI help to improve the biopsy process for patients?

In medicine, a biopsy is a procedure that involves taking a small..

Lucy Coe - Mar 11, 2024

Challenging patents and other clearance actions in Europe

Whether it is to remove a current infringement threat, clear the way..

Andy King - Mar 08, 2024

Navigating the Sonic Maze: overcoming the challenges with registering sound marks in the UK

In an increasingly crowded market, businesses are recognising the..

Daniel Brodsky - Mar 08, 2024

Robotics in surgery

For many, the word ‘surgery’ suggests images of surgeons operating..

Callum Anderson - Mar 06, 2024

Laparoscopic AI

AI in the OR

Copying music, making bad art and training the next..

Laura Pediani - Mar 06, 2024

Meet the team: Laura Pediani, Patent Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal Laura..

Richard Johnson - Mar 04, 2024

New partner and IP director promotions

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Mudge, Ben Boyd,

Nick Sutcliffe - Mar 04, 2024

Cellular Agriculture – Innovating through the Challenges

The last year (2023) has seen a difficult environment for Cellular..

Maria Hall - Feb 29, 2024

British Science Association CREST Discovery Day in our Bristol office

On Tuesday 20 February 2024, we were thrilled to welcome 28 students..

Rebecca Brooks - Feb 29, 2024

Updates to the Guidelines for Examination at the EPO

The Guidelines for Examination at the EPO (which will be referred to..

Sarah Morrow - Feb 29, 2024

UKIPO Green Technology Report 2024

When the UK set a legally binding target to reach net zero greenhouse..

Jacqueline Murphy - Feb 29, 2024

Women in IP Global Networking Event 18 April 2024

We are delighted to be hosting an in person global networking and..

Matthew Barton - Feb 29, 2024

Sodium alternatives to lithium-ion batteries? Na, we’re not Li-ion!

The importance of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries in modern society is..

David Brooks - Feb 27, 2024

Graphene Medtech: The Next Frontier

It has been 20 years since Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov first..

Katie Dale - Feb 26, 2024

Top marks for Iovance as FDA approves first-in-class cell therapy Amtagvi for solid tumours

On February 16, 2024, a real milestone was reached in the cell..

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..

Christoph Moeller - Feb 21, 2024

Meet the team: Christoph Moeller, Partner, Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Christoph Moeller,..

Natascha Newbold - Feb 19, 2024

Meet the Team: Natascha Newbold, IP Support, Trade Mark Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to trade mark..

Tom Furnival - Feb 14, 2024

The major players in the SEP landscape in Europe

Next in our series of blogs, we have investigated the major players..

Callum Anderson - Feb 13, 2024

Advances in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive technique for..

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..

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..

Lesley Gardner - Feb 08, 2024

Lucie Jones appointed to CIPA IP Paralegal Committee

Congratulations to Lucie Jones on her appointment to the Chartered..

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..

Anthony Judd - Feb 06, 2024

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2024

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

Rebecca Blundell - Feb 02, 2024

Sustainable shoes: Fossil Fuels are so last year!

It is estimated that 24 billion pairs of shoes are made every year...

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..

Thomas Lonsdale - Jan 30, 2024

Plant based leather - the eco-friendly alternative hitting the catwalks

Vegan leather isn’t only an ecofriendly alternative, which isn’t made..

Philippa Schofield - Jan 24, 2024

Meet The Team: Philippa Schofield, IP Support Services, Paralegal Manager

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal manager..

Jamie Emerick - Jan 24, 2024

High Court confirms EU law does not prohibit use of ‘milk’ in a trade mark for milk substitutes in the UK

Last year, in December 2023, the Chancery Division of the High Court..

Rebecca Brooks - Jan 22, 2024

One Health and the role of the microbiome

Traditionally, clinical microbiology focused on the role of..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 18, 2024

Design Rights: A powerful tool in the IP armoury

We are pleased to launch our latest special report Design Rights: A..

Joe Egelstaff - Jan 16, 2024

AI bias in healthcare

AI tools are increasingly being used in healthcare settings, with..

Sophie Chua - Jan 16, 2024

Gigafactories & IP: Protecting the processes that power the future

As the use of electric vehicles (EVs) becomes increasingly prevalent,..

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..

Naomi Armitage - Jan 11, 2024

Meet The Team: Naomi Armitage, IP Support Services Trainer

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to IP Support Services..

Emily Sullivan - Jan 09, 2024

Pharma trade marks: 2023 EU case law round up

As we enter 2024, we reflect on the lessons we have learned in 2023...

Alexander Savin - Jan 08, 2024

Nuclear Fusion: A Case Study in the need for a cohesive IP Strategy at the forefront of science

Following on the continued success in inertial confinement research..

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 ..

Thomas Lonsdale - Jan 03, 2024

Plastic Packaging Pollution: Kelp is on the Way!

Plastic packaging materials have revolutionised modern life. They..

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..

David Brooks - Dec 20, 2023

UK Battery Strategy Commentary

Ahead of the Global Investment Summit hosted recently in November..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 19, 2023

New highs for psychedelics in the clinic

Psychedelic compounds have long been experimented with for their..

Callum Anderson - Dec 19, 2023

Gazing into the future of augmented reality glasses

Augmented reality (AR) sits between virtual reality (VR) and the real..

Ben Boyd - Dec 19, 2023

Sailing cargo

You might question why an IP firm concerned with innovation is..

Lucie Jones - Dec 18, 2023

The Ghosts of Paralegals Past, Present and Future

Going back in time

Let me take you back at the beginning of the..

Calum Graham - Dec 14, 2023

National Vision for Engineering Biology

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

Shajila Aziz - Dec 06, 2023

Meet The Team: Shajila Aziz, Patent Administrator

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

David Brooks - Dec 05, 2023

Layering up: how graphene is disrupting the sportswear industry

Earlier this year, Novak Djokovic broke the men’s tennis record for..

Ben Boyd - Dec 05, 2023

Ballast-free ships

While this blog is about ballast-free ships, it is important to..

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..

Joanna Smith - Nov 30, 2023

Mewburn Ellis recognised in The Legal 500 UK Green Guide 2024

We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised in The..

Sarah Morrow - Nov 29, 2023

What is Graphene?

For an undergraduate scientist, the answer to the question “What is..

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 Burns - Nov 28, 2023

Emotional Perception AI v UKIPO: Is this the dawning of a new era for AI-related inventions at the UKIPO?

On 21 November 2023, Mann J handed down his judgment on Emotional..

Ben Boyd - Nov 23, 2023

Tidal energy

Most people are aware that the moon (and to a lesser extent the sun),..

Tamara Rubery - Nov 22, 2023

Meet The Team: Tamara Rubery, Senior HR Manager

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to senior HR manager,..

Rob Walker - Nov 21, 2023

Mewburn Ellis announce carbon offsetting for 22 – 23 financial year

As a business, we have made several commitments about our..

Emily Lloyd - Nov 17, 2023

Latest Medtech developments in the race to help diabetes sufferers

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and, in this blog, we..

Maria Hall - Nov 17, 2023

Bristol office selects Springboard Opportunity Group as their chosen charity to support

This year, our Bristol office voted for Springboard Opportunity Group..

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..

James Leach - Nov 16, 2023

IP Protection for software-based products- An Introduction for SMEs

We are excited to launch our new software resource booklet — 'IP..

Jamie Emerick - Nov 15, 2023

EU General Court provides guidance on consumer perception in the pharmaceutical industry

Earlier this year, in March 2023, the European Union’s General Court..

Ben Boyd - Nov 14, 2023

Salinity gradient power

In this series on capturing energy from the ocean we’ve recently..

Katherine Green - Nov 13, 2023

Most opposed patents of 2022

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

Rachel Collier - Nov 09, 2023

Meet the Team: Rachel Collier, IP Support, Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal Rachel..

Ben Boyd - Nov 07, 2023

Is Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion a sustainable way forward?

We’ve previously discussed how energy can be captured directly from..

Joe Egelstaff - Nov 06, 2023

Total artificial hearts: creating the perfect pump

Cardiovascular disease is estimated to account for 45% of deaths in..

Katie Dale - Nov 06, 2023

Swapping in stem cells for diabetes treatment

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

Rhiannon Wescott - Oct 31, 2023

Check out the Mewburn Forest!

We committed to plant a tree for every new matter we’ve opened since..

Richard Clegg - Oct 23, 2023

Andy King appointed as Head of Trade Marks and joins the firm’s Management Board

We're pleased to announce that Partner Andy King will be the new Head..

Lesley Gardner - Oct 23, 2023

Meet the Team: Lesley Gardner, Business Services, Head of IP Support Services

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Head of IP Support..

Joanna Smith - Oct 20, 2023

WIPR Diversity 2023

We are delighted to have three of our wonderful women recognised in ..

Joanna Smith - Oct 20, 2023

Lucy Coe appointed Women in IP Committee Lead for IP Inclusive

Congratulations to Lucy Coe on her appointment as IP Inclusive: Women..

Simon Parry - Oct 19, 2023

Major developments in the UK offshore wind farm industry

October has been a busy and exciting month for offshore wind news in..

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 ..
Simon Kremer - Oct 13, 2023

The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal decides how the EPO should assess entitlement to priority

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO has now issued its..

Lucy Coe - Oct 11, 2023

Meet the Team: Lucy Coe, Senior Associate, Patent Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talked to Lucy Coe about..

Matthew Barton - Oct 06, 2023

Recycling the Rainbow - coloured plastics in the circular economy

Single-use plastic has become indispensable in everyday life,..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 05, 2023

Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys – your key business ally

In the past few years there has been an upsurge in the number of..

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..

Nathan Zhang - Oct 03, 2023

Taking (personal) care of the future

The market size of beauty and personal care is huge, valued at a..

Sean Jauss - Sep 29, 2023

Beware the front-loaded procedure!

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

Sydney Phillips - Sep 27, 2023

Meet The Team: Sydney Phillips, IP Support Services, Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to patent paralegal,..

Maria Hall - Sep 19, 2023

Mewburn Ellis praised for achievements in sustainability

EcoVadis ratings highlight environmental policies and sustainable..

Sean Jauss - Sep 13, 2023

Meet The Team: Sean Jauss, Partner, Solicitor, Litigator, Head of Legal Services

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to head of legal and..

Matthew Smith - Sep 08, 2023

Trends in Graphene IP – a refresh

Last year, we delved into the data to see how the number of patent..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Sep 07, 2023

A badge of green credentials

With consumers increasingly choosing brands that are more..

Kirsty Morris - Sep 07, 2023

Meet The Team: Kirsty Morris, IP Support Services, Patent Administrator

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

David Brooks - Sep 06, 2023

Graphene: permeating the hydrogen economy

The growth of the so-called “hydrogen economy” is crucial to..

David Brooks - Sep 06, 2023

IP audits for battery and energy storage businesses

Companies working in the fields of batteries and energy storage often..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Sep 05, 2023

Meet The Team: Joseph Newcombe, Associate and Patent Attorney, Sustainable Pharma Commentator

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Joseph Newcombe..

Maria Hall - Sep 05, 2023

Mewburn Ellis donate £219,000 to charity partnerships for 2023/2024  — over £790,000 donated since 2020

To mark the International Day of Charity (September 5th), we are..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Sep 01, 2023

Building an international Customs strategy for your pharma brand

Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a global problem and pose a..

Alex Galbraith - Sep 01, 2023

Gene therapy – the status quo and future trends

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

Hojae Lee - Aug 30, 2023

Updates on the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) fee structure, effective 1 August 2023

If you have patents or trade marks in Korea or are considering filing..

Maria Hall - Aug 29, 2023

Meet The Team: Maria Hall, Business Services, Chief M&BD Officer, Community Champion

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to chief marketing and..

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 23, 2023

Mewburn Ellis Net-Zero Targets Validated by Science Based Target initiative

As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, we..

Simon Parry - Aug 23, 2023

Is the future in the wind? Pyxis Ocean sets sail!

This week we have seen the bulk carrier Pyxis Ocean set sail..

Fynn McLennan - Aug 21, 2023

Silicon anodes: where are we now?

In 2020, we wrote about some of the approaches being taken to develop..

Maria Hall - Aug 16, 2023

Mewburn Ellis support Jonathan's Voice for third year, donating £50,000 so far

“The focus of our I&D strategy is building inclusion, we are aiming..

James Leach - Aug 16, 2023

Quick guide to determining whether a software invention is patent eligible.

In general, the main obstacle to obtaining patent protection for a..

Kimberley Harding - Aug 16, 2023

Meet The Team: Kimberley Harding, IP Support, Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal, Kim..

Maria Hall - Aug 16, 2023

Our LGBTQ+ Group selects All About Trans as one of their chosen charities to support.

This year, our LGBTQ+ group has chosen All About Trans as one of..

Maria Hall - Aug 16, 2023

London office selects The National Brain Appeal as their chosen charity to support.

This year, our team in London have voted for The National Brain..

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..

Julie Carlisle - Aug 10, 2023

Mewburn Ellis team up with Support Dogs to sponsor an Assistance Dog

This week (7 – 13 August 2023) is International Assistance Dog Week..

Ine Vanderleyden - Aug 09, 2023

The next-generation therapies for autoimmune diseases

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

Alexander Savin - Aug 09, 2023

Nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hope for limitless clean energy

A research team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in..

Niles Beadman - Aug 08, 2023

Superconductor sparks excitement, but meets resistance

The last few weeks have seen the rise of an unlikely social media..

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,..

Maria Hall - Aug 04, 2023

Mewburn Ellis support CREST Awards for the third year donating £128,000 so far

We now enter our third year of supporting the British Science..

Clare James - Aug 02, 2023

Meet The Team: Clare James, Business Services, Executive Assistant

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Clare James, EA to..

Edward Couchman - Aug 01, 2023

US Supreme Court Upholds Tightening of Patent Enablement Standard

In an eagerly awaited judgement, the US Supreme Court has affirmed..

Lesley Gardner - Jul 26, 2023

National Paralegal Awards Finalists 2023

We are extremely proud to announce our finalists in the National..

Nick Sutcliffe - Jul 26, 2023

IP priorities for forward-looking cell and gene therapy businesses

IP priorities are especially important to businesses developing..

Maria Hall - Jul 26, 2023

Developing our online services to meet your needs

Our clients choose to work with us because we offer fresh insights..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jul 19, 2023

How to mobilize your IP rights in the fight against counterfeit goods: Customs Application for Action

‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ is a motto that does..

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..

Eleanor Gooding - Jul 18, 2023

Meet The Team: Ellie Gooding, IP Support, Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal, Ellie..

Alexander Cavell - Jul 17, 2023

Developing battery technology? Think inside the Box!

The Patent Box is a tax break scheme that is designed to encourage..

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

Alice Jefferies - Jul 10, 2023

Mewburn Ellis lace up for Endure24 in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Mewburn Ellis showed steely determination to complete a 24-hour..

Maria Hall - Jul 06, 2023

£20,000 support for FoodCycle to help address the cost of living crisis.

This year we have chosen to support FoodCycle as one of our firmwide..

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..

Ben Boyd - Jul 05, 2023

Big Data in Maritime transport

Big data has been a big thing for most of the last decade, yet its..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jul 04, 2023

Protecting yourself against IP scammers

Scamming practices, such as misleading invoices and spoofed phone..

Davina Lockyer - Jul 03, 2023

Meet The Team: Davina Lockyer, Business Services, System Accountant

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to system accountant,..

Maria Hall - Jun 30, 2023

Proud to support the Better Kitchen Sink Project

As part of our Forward Community Programme we're proud to have..

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..

Debbie Williams - Jun 21, 2023

Meet The Team: Debbie Williams, IP Support, Paralegal

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to paralegal Debbie..

Lisa Sharma - Jun 20, 2023

Making plastic disappear

It comes as no surprise, that single-use plastic remains one of the..

David Fyfield - Jun 19, 2023

IPEC Small Claims moving to Manchester

The Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court..

Cat Bate - Jun 08, 2023

Meet The Team: Cat Bate, Business Services, Learning & Development Manager

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to learning and..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jun 08, 2023

Katy Perry v Katie Perry: Use of famous personalities’ names in commerce

Brand owners who build brands under their own name unsurprisingly..

Rob Walker - Jun 07, 2023

World Ocean Day 2023 – Turning the Tide on Ocean Pollution

8 June 2023 marks the 21st World Ocean Day, which, in the words of..

Joanna Smith - Jun 06, 2023

More recognition in MIP IP Stars 2023

It is fantastic to once again be recognised in MIP IP Stars 2023. So..

Emily Sullivan - Jun 02, 2023


Trade mark courts worldwide spend a good deal of time deciding what..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - May 25, 2023

Meet The Team: Rebecca Anderson-Smith, Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to partner, Rebecca..

Andy King - May 22, 2023

Meet The Team: Andy King, Head of Trade Marks, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to partner and Head of..

Toby Hill - May 16, 2023

CREST Awards case study: an interview with Toby Hill

Mewburn is anational partnerfor the CREST Awards programme run by..

Jacqueline Murphy - May 16, 2023

Green Tech: Making IP Part of Your Toolkit - Webinar

On Wednesday 21 June, we are delighted to be hosting in partnership..

Andy King - May 15, 2023

Percy Pig ice cream renamed after M&S request

A small family-run ice cream parlour based in Hertfordshire has..

Ben Boyd - May 12, 2023

Offshore wind's contribution to the world's energy demand

In 2019 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that the..

Kate O'Rourke - May 11, 2023

Meet The Team: Kate O'Rourke, Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Chartered Trade..

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..

Joanna Smith - May 05, 2023

Mewburn Ellis shortlisted for two awards at the Managing IP EMEA Awards 2023

We are delighted to have been nominated in two categories by Managing..

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..

Jacqueline Pang - May 04, 2023

Meet The Team: Jacqueline Pang, Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talked to Jacqueline Pang..

Rob Walker - May 02, 2023

The History of Hydrofoils

Since their introduction into the America’s Cup boats in 2013,..

Jan Rether - May 02, 2023

Meet The Team: Jan Rether, Partner, Attorney at Law

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talked to Jan Rether,..

Andy King - Apr 28, 2023

Fail to Prepare; Prepare to Fail: a discussion about representation issues at the UK IPO

The UK IPO has recently introduced an important change to the rules..

Joseph Newcombe - Apr 26, 2023

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — new order

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

Joanna Smith - Apr 26, 2023

MIP IP STARS: Top 250 Women in IP 2023

Congratulations to Kate O'Rourke who has been recognised in Managing..

Darena Slavova - Apr 25, 2023

EPO to Abolish “10-Day Rule” from 01 November 2023

Key Points:

  • the “10-day rule” will be abolished and will not be..
Thea Toutoungy - Apr 21, 2023

The lithium rush: an unsustainable approach to sustainability?

In recent years, the world has seen the significant consequences of..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 20, 2023

High Court finds Tesco Clubcard Prices logo infringes Lidl’s trade mark

The High Court of England and Wales yesterday (19 April 2023) held..

Jacqueline Murphy - Apr 19, 2023

Operating in the circular economy: From idea to Business – our co-hosted event with Oxfordshire Greentech

On Wednesday 22 March, we were delighted to co-host an in-person..

Ben Boyd - Apr 17, 2023

Offshore winds blow against Siemens

Late last year Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S was unsuccessful..

Alison Fugard - Apr 14, 2023

“Wood”n’t it be nice? - Turning over a new leaf in wood-based packaging

For years, we have been aware of the need to reduce our reliance on..

Ben Boyd - Apr 14, 2023

Patents at sea

Patents are a territorial right. A UK patent provides you with a..

Rob Walker - Apr 12, 2023

Blowing bubbles to cut drag and clean up shipping

If someone told you their latest invention was a bubble blowing..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Apr 05, 2023

When dragons come to court: why a children book’s author lost a case of copyright infringement against John Lewis

“The dragon is a creature of myth, dating back to ancient times and..

Robert Watson - Mar 31, 2023

UK accession to the CPTPP - grace period exemption big boost for IP

The UK government announced 5 years ago its intention to join the..

Joe McAlary - Mar 28, 2023

Can parallel importers apply registered trade marks to previously unbranded products?

Towards the back end of last year, the Court of Justice of the..

Emily Sullivan - Mar 24, 2023

Spot the difference: where UK and German laws go astray

Despite the harmonisation of trade mark law in Europe over the past..

Anna Mudge - Mar 21, 2023

Advanced Therapies Congress 2023 - five key themes

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

Ben Boyd - Mar 21, 2023

Motion of the ocean - Wave energy converters

The ocean covers 70% of the earth’s surface, so it is no wonder there..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 14, 2023

Femtech: a growth industry - new special report

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

Nathan Zhang - Mar 13, 2023

Wearing down tyre emissions

The amount of particulate material which comes out of an exhaust pipe..

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..

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..

Robert Watson - Mar 02, 2023

Julie Carlisle and Robert Watson in PharmaTimes — everything I own?

Featured in PharmaTimes, Julie Carlisle and Robert Watson dig deep..

Urs Ferber - Mar 01, 2023

Unified Patent Court (UPC) FAQS – how do we make sure an opt-out request is valid?

The delay of the opening of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) gives us..

Joseph Newcombe - Mar 01, 2023

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — circle of life

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

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..

Niles Beadman - Feb 21, 2023

Faraday Battery Challenge: Funding the Future

Michael Faraday uncovered the link between electricity and magnetism,..

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..

Joanna Smith - Feb 20, 2023

WTR 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2023

We are delighted be ranked silver for prosecution and strategy in WTR..

Samuel Hart - Feb 17, 2023

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2023

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

Eliot Ward - Feb 17, 2023

Germany completes ratification of UPC agreement, confirming the 1 June 2023 launch date

Months of delay and uncertainty are finally behind us. Germany..

Urs Ferber - Feb 13, 2023

Unified Patent Court (UPC) FAQS – who is entitled to file an opt-out request?

The delay of the opening of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) gives us..

Paul Dunne - Feb 13, 2023

Plastics and climate change - a solution and a problem

Plastics have the potential to play a crucial role in emission-saving..

Callum McGuinn - Feb 08, 2023

Meet the team: Callum McGuinn, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Chemistry team, London

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Callum McGuinn..

Maria Hall - Feb 07, 2023

Mewburn Ellis CREST Awards partnership report

We are delighted to share our CREST Awards partnership project..

Julie Carlisle - Feb 05, 2023

Meet the team: Julie Carlisle, Partner, Patent Attorney and Litigator in the Chemistry team, London

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Julie Carlisle..

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..

Emma Graham - Feb 01, 2023

Should I file third party observations?

A study of the consequences of filing third party observations (TPOs)..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 30, 2023

Battery insights & IP trends - new special report

We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest special report..

Lucy Coe - Jan 30, 2023

Can AI and IOT support environmental sustainability

Advances in software-based technologies such as Artificial..

Eleanor Maciver - Jan 24, 2023

Meet the team: Eleanor Maciver, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Chemistry team, Cambridge

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Eleanor Maciver..

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..

Jack Davies - Jan 20, 2023

Quantum sensors in space: measuring a warming world with cold atoms

Space-borne sensors serve a variety of purposes that are all but..

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..

Sam Bailey - Jan 16, 2023

Battery innovation - an enabling technology for the reduction of greenhouse emissions

From both sides of the research community, companies and academics..

Louise Atkins - Jan 10, 2023

Veganuary: Culturing an appetite; advances in 3D bioprinting

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

Andy King - Jan 09, 2023

Form TM7 & TM7A — discrepancies between threatened and actual opponents at the UKIPO

Publication of a UK trade mark application, following examination and..

Angela Nolan - Jan 04, 2023

Mewburn's The Christie Challenge raises over £30,000!

Over the course of September 2021 to September 2022, Mewburn Ellis..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 08, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — Reality checked

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

Rob Walker - Dec 05, 2022

Repurpose our rigs! Platforms for climate tech

2022 saw the end of one of the UK’s largest, and possibly most..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Dec 02, 2022

Pharma trade marks: 2022 case law round up

As we enter December, and the year draws to a close, many trade mark..

Joe McAlary - Dec 02, 2022

Parallel imports of repackaged pharmaceutical products - clarification from recent CJEU rulings

Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)..

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..

Jack Davies - Nov 30, 2022

David Deutsch – making more sense than common sense

“Our best theories are not only truer than common sense, they make..

Jacqueline Murphy - Nov 29, 2022

Patent Litigation Trends in England & Wales - new report

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

Joseph Newcombe - Nov 25, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — We are the robots

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

David Brooks - Nov 24, 2022

Graphene: the commercial disrupter

Graphene has generated a tremendous amount of excitement since it was..

Jonathan Wills - Nov 23, 2022

Opposition and examination oral proceedings by videoconference (ViCo) now as standard

In response to the significant travel restrictions that were in place..

Jacqueline Murphy - Nov 21, 2022

Pharma Trade Marks: Exhaustion and Parallel Trade in the UK - Special Report 2022

We are excited to announce the release of our latest special report ..

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..

Rob Walker - Nov 04, 2022

Ocean-based carbon dioxide removal is making a splash

COP27 commences on 6th November 2022 and one of the key items on the..

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..

Paul Dunne - Nov 01, 2022

Meet the team: Paul Dunne, Partner and Patent Attorney in the Chemistry team, Bristol

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Paul Dunne about..

Darena Slavova - Nov 01, 2022

EPO introduces top-up searches for earlier national rights

On 1 September 2022, the EPO introduced an extra “quality check”..

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 25, 2022

Graphene: patenting a wonder material

Our Special Report Graphene: patenting a wonder material examines..

Darena Slavova - Oct 20, 2022

On track for net-zero railway: Hitachi’s Blues Train

In 1825 George Stephenson’s Locomotion took 450 people 25 miles from..

Robert Andrews - Oct 20, 2022

Mewburn Ellis Partner with the General Counsel for Diversity & Inclusion

We're Proud to Partner with the General Counsel for Diversity &..

James Leach - Oct 19, 2022

AI at the UKIPO – a more patent friendly approach?

The UKIPO recently issued new guidance relating to examining patent..

Fynn McLennan - Oct 17, 2022

Picky and potent: bioorthogonal chemistry in therapy

There exist chemical moieties that are essentially invisible to the..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Oct 11, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — biohazard

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

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..

Jack Davies - Sep 27, 2022

Post quantum cryptography – The Final Frontier

We have previously reported on the ongoing search by the National..

James Leach - Sep 26, 2022

Obtaining patent protection for software inventions can be challenging - but we can help

New developments in software are continuing to change the world we..

Matthew Naylor - Sep 23, 2022

UPC: Rules of Procedure finalised and in force

The Unitary Patent Court now has a revised set of Rules of Procedure...

Eliot Ward - Sep 22, 2022

Mewburn Ellis launch Validation Costs Estimator Tool

We are pleased to launch our new Validation Costs Estimator Tool.


Non-Fungible Tokens as legal property?

The world of cryptocurrency is a fast-moving and complex one...

Maria Hall - Sep 20, 2022

Mewburn Ellis leads UK IP sector with a silver medal from EcoVadis

Recognition comes as firm launches its in-depth Sustainability Report..

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..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Aug 25, 2022

Pattern trade marks: cross-stitch your way to trade mark registration success

We live in a world filled with patterns. The natural world reveals to..

Rob Walker - Aug 22, 2022

The long road to safer micro-mobility

June 2022 marked the first anniversary of the introduction of..

Charlotte Lynch - Aug 16, 2022

Standards, SEPs, and FRAND agreements - an overview

The terms “standards,” “SEPs,” and “FRAND agreements,” are..

Kate O'Rourke - Aug 11, 2022

Consequences of Brexit on trademarks and designs

Just over six years ago, the United Kingdom voted to exit the..

Richard Johnson - Aug 08, 2022

IP as an enabler for AI: UK government shows its hand

The recently published response of the UK government to a..

Charlotte Lynch - Aug 08, 2022

The FemTech revolution: providing much-needed menopause care

High quality menopause care has the potential to significantly..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Aug 01, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — chemical reaction

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

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..

Sam Bailey - Jul 20, 2022

Electrolytes: the challenge for new-age batteries

Most people have heard some version of a horror story about a laptop..

Eliot Ward - Jul 19, 2022

Unitary Patent Package - an overview

In this Forward: On Demand vlog, Eliot Ward gives us an overview of..

Ashley Cresswell - Jul 08, 2022

MRI-Guided Therapy

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners use strong magnetic fields..

Fynn McLennan - Jul 05, 2022

Bacteria: a surface level understanding

Surfaces pose a unique challenge in the on-going war against..

Thomas Lonsdale - Jun 30, 2022

High hopes for hydrogen electrolysers: EPO report looks to the future of green hydrogen production

Hydrogen is often seen as the “fuel of the future” due to its high..

Robert Andrews - Jun 28, 2022

Mewburn Ellis announces firmwide menopause policy

We are delighted to have launched a firmwide menopause policy to..

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..

Andrew Mears - Jun 23, 2022

Robotic-assisted surgery: from fiction to reality and beyond

It’s a notable feature of (my favourite) Sci-Fi movies, that they..

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court – renovation, or a new coat of paint?

Comments on the current functioning, and the future, of the IPEC.


Maria Hall - Jun 16, 2022

Mewburn Ellis advises creators of Goodwood 2022 record breaker

IP firm advises the company behind the Spéirling electric hypercar..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jun 07, 2022

Owning your IP: managing early brand risks for start-ups and SMEs

A start-up or a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) is like a..

Simon Parry - May 25, 2022

Meet the team: Simon Parry, Partner, Patent Attorney, Engineering, Manchester

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

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..

Emma Graham - May 18, 2022

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

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

Karolina Fryzlewicz - May 16, 2022

Strategy: token efforts

Despite being in circulation since 2014, non‑fungible tokens (NFTs)..

Callum McGuinn - May 12, 2022

Better battery regulations

From 1 July 2024, all rechargeable industrial and EV batteries will..

Alison Fugard - May 12, 2022

Life in plastic

Plastic is prevalent in all areas of society, as is the growing..

Charlotte Lynch - May 12, 2022

Femtech: Rich on innovation, short on funding

The UK has the largest female health gap in the G20. A “female health..

Stephen Gill - May 11, 2022

Meet the Team: Stephen Gill, Partner, Patent Attorney, Engineering, Cambridge

As part of our 'meet the team' series, we talk to Stephen Gill about..

James Leach - May 11, 2022

Talking with machines: AI, language, and cognition

A reader lives a thousand lives before they die”. From Homer to..

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..

Andrew Fearnside - May 05, 2022

UK Government expands R&D Tax Relief to cover Quantum, AI and Robotics research

The recently published 2022 Spring Statement1 indicates support for a..

Rhiannon Wescott - May 03, 2022

The search for more sustainable food sources

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

Niles Beadman - May 03, 2022

Recycl-ink: innovations in ink recycling

Efforts to improve recyclability are typically focused on high..

Joseph Newcombe - May 02, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — green party

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

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..

Maria Hall - Apr 26, 2022

Most 16–25-year-olds in Britain unsure of their intellectual property rights over their creations

New research carried out by Mewburn Ellis in conjunction with YouGov..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Apr 20, 2022

A crossroad of IP rights: registering artistic works as trade marks

In a dynamically growing artistic world artists are seeking to..

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..

Daniel Brodsky - Apr 07, 2022

Software for use in medical methods: excluded from patentability?

In this blog we look at the challenges associated with patenting..

Emily Hayes - Apr 07, 2022

EPO extends pilot for oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference to 31 December 2022

On 6 April 2022, the EPO issued a notice extending its pilot project..

Isobel Stone - Apr 04, 2022

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

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

Joseph Newcombe - Apr 01, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — breath of fresh air

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

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..

Florian Zobel - Mar 30, 2022

2022 changes to EPO Guidelines: highlights

With the 2021 changes to the examination guidelines, the EPO changed..

Robert Andrews - Mar 28, 2022

‘I blamed myself for my differences’: neurodivergence and IP

During Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022, former Mewburn Ellis..

Rebecca Blundell - Mar 24, 2022

From bottle to throttle: upcycling plastic waste into the tyre industry

In the UK alone 35.8 million plastic bottles are used and discarded..

Urs Ferber - Mar 23, 2022

Advances in dentistry making a real impression

We all love going to the dentist, especially for restorations like..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 23, 2022

Non-traditional pharmaceutical trade marks - new special report

We are excited to announce the launch of our latest special report..

Charlotte Lynch - Mar 15, 2022

Let’s talk FemTech: the rise of female focussed innovation

A surge in new medical technology is emerging from the FemTech..

Robert Worboys - Mar 15, 2022

Time to cash out? Will a fully cashless society ever become a reality in the UK?

A cashless society describes an economic state whereby financial..

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..

Toby Hill - Mar 11, 2022

Tech giants set up shop in Munich - Europe's answer to Silicon Valley?

Arguably best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations,..

Fay Allen - Mar 08, 2022

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

Women’s health is an area that has suffered from gender bias for..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 04, 2022

WTR 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2022

We are delighted be ranked silver for prosecution and strategy in WTR..

Urs Ferber - Mar 02, 2022

IP GUIdance - graphical user interface design rights

While patents protect the technical aspects of products, registered..

Andy King - Mar 02, 2022

COVID pandemic sparks significant increase in domain name disputes

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently..

Richard Clegg - Mar 01, 2022

Mewburn Ellis response to the Ukrainian invasion

We have watched with shock at the events that have unfolded in..

Joseph Newcombe - Mar 01, 2022

Joe Newcombe in PharmaTimes — a force of nature

In his regular PharmaTimes feature, sustainability columnist Joe..

Emily Sullivan - Feb 28, 2022

Protecting film, music and game titles in Germany - 10 key questions answered

Time and again, clients from the media, entertainment and, in..

Caroline Hart - Feb 28, 2022

Maximising the value of design rights

From SMEs to multinationals, from car manufacturers to fashion..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Feb 24, 2022

Registering personal names as trade marks: steps to consider before naming a fashion brand after yourself

Brands which include personal names – the so-called eponymous brands..

Genevieve Pugh - Feb 17, 2022

Battery materials – sourcing a brighter battery-powered future

As demonstrated by the recent COP 26 UN Climate Change conference,..

Sophie Chua - Feb 17, 2022

Taking-off into a cleaner future: composites in the aviation industry

As the world gradually returns to its pre-pandemic levels of air..

Andrew Mears - Feb 17, 2022

Meet the client – Creo Medical

Creo Medical’s cutting-edge medical devices have several..

Eleanor Maciver - Feb 16, 2022

Sustainability - good intentions are not enough

There is growing awareness and alarm at the impact humans are having..

Isobel Stone - Feb 14, 2022

Composites in construction: building towards a stronger and more sustainable future

Composite materials are generally defined as materials produced from..

Simon Kremer - Feb 11, 2022

Two new referrals to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal on entitlement to priority

Legal context for the referrals

Entitlement to priority may seem a..

Victoria Coleman - Feb 10, 2022

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

As a forward-looking intellectual property firm working at the..

Alice Jefferies - Feb 10, 2022

Predicting the unpredictable during pregnancy

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

Toby Hill - Feb 09, 2022

AI spotlight: Google’s DeepMind takes on competitive programming – have we reached a tipping point?

On 2 February, Alphabet Inc.’s artificial intelligence subsidiary,..

Samuel Hart - Feb 04, 2022

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2022

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

Claire Evans - Jan 27, 2022

Signs of quality – EU and UK geographical indication (GI) logos

A geographical indication (GI) is a form of intellectually property..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jan 27, 2022

AI, IP and SMEs: jurisdictional clues about copyright solutions for start-ups

Our world is passing through an era of explosive technological..

Maria Hall - Jan 27, 2022

Ten new charities to benefit from our Community Fund

We have ten new charities that we are now supporting with donations..

Jacqueline Pang - Jan 26, 2022

The Oatly trade mark and what businesses should know before choosing theirs

Veganuary, the annual challenge which encourages people to try a..

Katherine Green - Jan 26, 2022

A guide to EPO opposition proceedings by videoconference

EPO oppositions by videoconference only became possible relatively..

Elizabeth Dale - Jan 20, 2022

Plastics getting greener

Industry has listened, and learned – plastics are becoming more and..

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..

Fynn McLennan - Jan 10, 2022

Solid-state electrolytes – a firm footing for the future?

Innovation must produce sustainable solutions in every area of..

Maria Hall - Jan 10, 2022

Mewburn Ellis appoints Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

We are delighted to announce this new role alongside launch of..

Helen Bower - Dec 23, 2021

Forward: 2021 Features Special - out now!

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

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Dec 16, 2021

Fashion trade marks – understanding the basics

Historically, traders have placed symbols on products to indicate..

Jonathan Wills - Dec 15, 2021

EPO Boards of Appeal to relocate back to Munich

The President of the EPO has recently announced a plan to move the..

Claire Evans - Dec 04, 2021

Meet the team: Claire Evans, Associate, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Claire Evans is a chartered trade mark attorney and associate with..

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..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 26, 2021

Warning competitors off your trade mark: how to use ™ and ® symbols

Many of us, if not all, have walked past private land with a sign..

Emily Hayes - Nov 24, 2021

EPO extends pilot for oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference to 31 May 2022

On 23 November 2021, the EPO issued a notice extending its pilot..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 23, 2021

Meet the team: Karolina Fryzlewicz, Trade Mark Technical Assistant

Karolina Fryzlewicz is currently training to be a trade mark attorney..

Alison Fugard - Nov 23, 2021

The green graphene revolution – the pursuit of sustainability

If there is one word to describe graphene, it is “potential”. Since..

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Nov 19, 2021

A cleaner, greener future for pharma

The pharma industry is centred on the mission of providing..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 17, 2021

How to avoid a “fashion” faux pas on The Legal Runway

Hilda-Georgina, examines the rulings in Original Beauty Technology &..

Robert Worboys - Nov 16, 2021

Pulse of Fintech H1 ’21 – investments in fintech are growing and diversifying

KPMG have recently published their biannual report ‘Pulse of Fintech..

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..

Thomas Lonsdale - Nov 16, 2021

Plastics from thin air – converting captured carbon dioxide

From the start of 2021 up to the date of writing this blog in..

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..

Sean Jauss - Nov 12, 2021

LG Chem vs SK Innovation: law & politics in the EV market

Sales of electric vehicles are booming. Withglobal stockup from..

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 28, 2021

Brexit trade mark refilings - was 30 September 2021 really the final deadline?

For most EU trade mark owners, 30 September 2021 was the final day to..

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..

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..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 14, 2021

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

Combatting counterfeit goods is a key commercial and strategic..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Sep 10, 2021

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

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

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..

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 anew 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..

Andrew Fearnside - 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 former Partner Sarah Kostiuk-Smith on being..

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 former Head of Trade Marks Kate O'Rourke on..

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..

Matthew Smith - Jul 14, 2021

Green graphene - graphene from waste

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

Andy King - Jul 12, 2021

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..

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..

Rob Walker - 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..

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..

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..

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,..

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..

Thomas Lonsdale - 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..

Andy King - Mar 15, 2021

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”,..

Lucy Coe - 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..

Simon Parry - 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..

Joseph Newcombe - 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

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

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..

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

Andy King - 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..

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..

Andy King - 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..

Andrew Fearnside - 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


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)

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..

Kate O'Rourke - Aug 11, 2020

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

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

Emily Sullivan - Aug 10, 2020

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)                                                                    

Novelty of a..

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..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - 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..

Simon Parry - 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)                


Jacqueline Pang - 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)            

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..

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..

Kate O'Rourke - 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)      

Should an..

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..

Emily Sullivan - Apr 22, 2020

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..

Julie Carlisle - 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..

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..

Niles Beadman - Feb 26, 2020

Chemical collaborations: polymer partnerships

Collaboration is ubiquitous with successful research. Sharing results..

Callum McGuinn - Feb 26, 2020

Lithium-sulfur batteries - an attractive alternative

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

Anna Mudge - 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


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