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..

Anthony Judd - Feb 06, 2024

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2024

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

Katherine Green - Feb 02, 2024

Most opposed patents of 2023

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

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..

Sophie Chua - Jan 16, 2024

Gigafactories & IP: Protecting the processes that power the future

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

Joseph Newcombe - Dec 19, 2023

The Royal Institution's new mission

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

Ben Boyd - Dec 19, 2023

Sailing cargo

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

Ben Boyd - Dec 05, 2023

Ballast-free ships

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

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),..

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..

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..

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 ..
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..

Sean Jauss - Sep 29, 2023

Beware the front-loaded procedure!

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

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..

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..

Fynn McLennan - Aug 21, 2023

Silicon anodes: where are we now?

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

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..

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..

Lesley Gardner - Jul 26, 2023

National Paralegal Awards Finalists 2023

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

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..

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..

David Fyfield - Jun 19, 2023

IPEC Small Claims moving to Manchester

The Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court..

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..

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..

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..

Rob Walker - May 02, 2023

The History of Hydrofoils

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Niles Beadman - Feb 21, 2023

Faraday Battery Challenge: Funding the Future

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

Samuel Hart - Feb 17, 2023

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2023

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Nov 29, 2022

Patent Litigation Trends in England & Wales - new report

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

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..

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...

Charlotte Lynch - Aug 16, 2022

Standards, SEPs, and FRAND agreements - an overview

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

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..

Katherine Green - Jul 28, 2022

Most opposed patents of 2021

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

Eliot Ward - Jul 19, 2022

Unitary Patent Package - an overview

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

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..

Alison Fugard - May 12, 2022

Life in plastic

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

James Leach - May 11, 2022

Talking with machines: AI, language, and cognition

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

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..

Samuel Hart - Feb 04, 2022

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2022

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

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..

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..

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 &..

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..

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..

Tanis Keirstead - Sep 08, 2021

A Unified Patents Court in 2022?

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

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,..

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..

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..

Exhausted by Brexit?

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

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..

Urs Ferber - Mar 16, 2021

Patent litigation in Germany - an overview

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

Eleanor Maciver - Mar 12, 2021

Selection inventions before the EPO

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

Robert Watson - Mar 11, 2021

Defending D-Line

From its first steps in North Shields to international stature, how..

Rebecca Tollervey - Mar 02, 2021

Patenting highly engineered antibodies in Europe

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

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..

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..

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?

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..

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..

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 - Dec 17, 2020

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

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

Tanis Keirstead - Nov 27, 2020

Further constitutional challenges to Unified Patent Court Agreement

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

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..

Rebecca Tollervey - Oct 30, 2020

Highly-engineered antibodies: evolving the patent strategy

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

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

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..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 01, 2020

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2021

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

Fay Allen - Sep 24, 2020

More like the real meal - alternative plant-based proteins

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

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..

Christoph Moeller - Sep 10, 2020

IP protection for 3D printed inventions

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

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..

Joseph Newcombe - Sep 02, 2020

Polymorphism: crystal clear or murky water

Movers and shapeshifters in the world of solid state chemistry


Adam Gregory - Aug 24, 2020

Is the future of meat animal-free?

Compelling advancements in cellular science could soon see us..

Katherine Green - Aug 21, 2020

Most Opposed Patents of 2019

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

Simon Kiddle - Aug 20, 2020

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

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


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)

Andrew Fearnside - Aug 17, 2020

Quantum computing: Why qubits have consequences for IP

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Mewburn Ellis Senior Associate..

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..

Adam Gregory - Aug 03, 2020

Cellular Agriculture – forecasting innovation

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

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..

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..

Victoria Coleman - Jul 21, 2020

UK formally withdraws from the UPC

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

Chris Denison - Jul 21, 2020

Are functional foods worth the fuss?

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

Frances Salisbury - Jul 16, 2020

Five tips for patenting inventions in personalised and stratified medicine

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

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..

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..

Alex Burns - Jul 01, 2020

Right to repair: could it take a bite out of e-waste?

Forward: features are independent pieces written for Mewburn Ellis..

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)                


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’..

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..

Camille Terfve - Jun 03, 2020

Have we entered the era of the DIY superhuman?

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

Julie Carlisle - Jun 01, 2020

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

As part of our Thought Leaders series, Sarah Kostiuk-Smith explores..

Nick Sutcliffe - May 19, 2020

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

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

Simon Kiddle - May 18, 2020

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

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

Find out..

Adam Gregory - May 15, 2020

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

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

Thomas Driver - May 14, 2020

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

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

Richard Clegg - May 14, 2020

Singapore's biotech breakthrough

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

Joseph Newcombe - May 07, 2020

InVEntions of WWII

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

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..

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..

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..

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..

Maria Hall - Apr 01, 2020

New partner promotion and director appointments

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

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..

Eliot Ward - Mar 25, 2020

Microbiome: Meet your multitude

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

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..

Sean Jauss - Mar 11, 2020

Making Waves

I guess it isn't all that surprising that it was tricky to get Nick..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Mar 06, 2020

Why 'innoversity' is an imperative

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

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..

Maria Hall - Feb 03, 2020

Munich office expansion with high-profile lateral hire

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

Simon Kiddle - Jan 29, 2020

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

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


Willum Wytenburg - Jan 27, 2020

EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2020

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

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 23, 2020

Proud Partners of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)

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

Camille Terfve - Jan 23, 2020

Simulations in bioinformatics and the G1/19 referral

What’s all this about?

Claims directed to methods of simulation or..

Sean Constable - Jan 17, 2020

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

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

Jacqueline Murphy - Jan 08, 2020

JUVE Patent UK ranking 2020

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

Anna Mudge - Dec 18, 2019

Will biomarkers come of age?

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

Camille Terfve - Dec 16, 2019

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

What is bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is a term which we will use as..

Camille Terfve - Dec 16, 2019

Bioinformatics is everywhere!

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

Isobel Stone - Dec 16, 2019

Collagen scaffolds – the future of tissue engineering?

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

Rachel Oxley - Dec 11, 2019

Indian Patent Office adopts the Patent Prosecution Highway programme

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

Eliot Ward - Dec 06, 2019

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

Third lymphocyte lineage shows its mettle

B lymphocytes, a type of..

William Hey - Nov 28, 2019

Australian innovation patent system - the end is near

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

Anna Mudge - Nov 27, 2019

Biomarkers and precision medicine

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

Callum McGuinn - Nov 20, 2019

Lithium-ion batteries - powering the EVs of the future

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

Matthew Smith - Nov 18, 2019

Graphene Hackathon

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

Maria Hall - Nov 14, 2019

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

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

Katherine Green - Nov 14, 2019

EPO oppositions: Nine key questions answered

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

Callum McGuinn - Nov 12, 2019

Using IP to secure opportunities in the budding medical cannabis sector

The opportunities for innovation in medical cannabis dovetails with..

Rebecca Tollervey - Nov 11, 2019

Top tips for patenting antibodies in Europe

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

Simon Parry - Nov 11, 2019

Extreme fast charging – the future of electric vehicle batteries

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

Seán Walton - Nov 11, 2019

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

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


Simon Kiddle - Nov 08, 2019

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

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

Andrew Pitts - Nov 06, 2019

Coffee capsules: greener grounds

Large consumer companies are increasingly focusing on reworking their..

Katherine Green - Nov 05, 2019

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

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

Seán Walton - Nov 01, 2019

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

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

Camille Terfve - Oct 30, 2019

EPO Bioinformatics Roadshow

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

Alexander Cavell - Oct 30, 2019

Plastics recycling: polymers unzipped

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

Katherine Green - Oct 30, 2019

Oppositions - a case to remember. Flexibility around added matter

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


Emily Hayes - Oct 28, 2019

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

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

Christoph Moeller - Oct 26, 2019

FRAND Licensing of SEPs in the age of connected cars

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

Foteini Tzakoniati - Oct 25, 2019

Employing CRISPR to expose ‘hiding’ cancer cells to immunotherapy

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

Thomas Driver - Oct 23, 2019

Renewable energy – huge potential for biofuel innovation

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

Nick Sutcliffe - Oct 21, 2019

Controlling genes – the new field of epitranscriptomics

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

Niles Beadman - Oct 09, 2019

Consumable consumables: the edible water bottle

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

Richard Johnson - Oct 07, 2019

Inventive AI: can machines innovate?

The integration of technology based on artificial intelligence into..

Julie Carlisle - Sep 27, 2019

AMR - a global threat

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

Callum McGuinn - Sep 26, 2019

Budding opportunities for pharma

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

Joseph Newcombe - Sep 25, 2019

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

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

Matthew Smith - Sep 24, 2019

Strict and inflexible: material claims at the EPO

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

Tanis Keirstead - Sep 19, 2019

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

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

Eleanor Maciver - Sep 18, 2019

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

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

Christoph Moeller - Sep 13, 2019

Intermodality: the future of transport?

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

Simon Kremer - Sep 11, 2019

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

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

Richard Johnson - Sep 06, 2019

When AI met EQ

Affective computing may be a multi-billion -dollar business, but much..

Camille Terfve - Sep 04, 2019

DIY biology dilemma – regulating biohacking

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

Richard Howe - Aug 30, 2019

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

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

Nick Sutcliffe - Aug 29, 2019

Shifting treatments: cancer as a manageable disease

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

Camille Terfve - Aug 15, 2019

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

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

Richard Clegg - Aug 13, 2019

Challenges Post­ Selex

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

Eleanor Maciver - Aug 07, 2019

Speeding things up at the EPO

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

Frances Salisbury - Aug 05, 2019

The rise of predictive medicine

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

Matthew Smith - Jul 31, 2019

Green graphene - the pursuit of sustainability

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

Christoph Moeller - Jul 31, 2019

The rise of e-scooters - micromobility gains momentum

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

Adam Gregory - Jul 23, 2019

Cultured meat - food for thought

Cultured meat is rapidly emerging alongside plant-and..

Tom Furnival - Jul 12, 2019

EPO Quality Report 2018

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

Emily Hayes - Jul 05, 2019

A Myriad of effects

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

Sam Bailey - Jun 27, 2019

Charging into the future - the increasing demands on battery technologies

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

Christoph Moeller - Jun 26, 2019

Data and security issues in a world of connected cars

Mobility patterns are changing and technological innovations in..

Frances Salisbury - Jun 26, 2019

Gender medicine – deriving novelty from treating women?

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

Adam Gregory - Jun 21, 2019

Singapore biotech start-ups: the importance of patent protection

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

Callum McGuinn - Jun 18, 2019

Medicinal cannabis: recent changes and future innovations

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

Jacqueline Murphy - Jun 17, 2019

IAM Patent 1000, 2019

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

Graeme Moore - May 29, 2019

The journey of rLoop - a new technology innovation network disrupting the world of transport and IP

As a child growing up in Blackburn, near Manchester, UK, Ilyas Vali..

Christoph Moeller - May 24, 2019

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

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

Adam Gregory - May 17, 2019

Precision therapeutics for the precision medicine era

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

Simon Kiddle - Apr 29, 2019

Personalised medicine: patient stratification

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

Frances Salisbury - Apr 15, 2019

Pioneers of precision medicine

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

Simon Parry - Apr 05, 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles: growth and innovation

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

Matthew Smith - Apr 04, 2019

Hydrogen: the storage question

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

Christoph Moeller - Mar 28, 2019

The road to autonomous

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

Matthew Smith - Mar 28, 2019

Advanced materials: game-changing graphene

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

Julie Carlisle - Mar 28, 2019

Dosage regimen patents: bruised but not beaten

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

Maria Hall - Mar 11, 2019

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

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

Sean Constable - Mar 06, 2019

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

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


Emma Graham - Feb 26, 2019

How to patent AI technology at the EPO

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

Simon Parry - Feb 25, 2019

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

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

Simon Kiddle - Feb 22, 2019

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

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

Matthew Smith - Feb 15, 2019

Building an IP portfolio: Nine tips for success

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

Thomas Driver - Feb 06, 2019

Plant related inventions: clarity at last?

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

Frances Salisbury - Feb 04, 2019

Fighting cancer with CAR-T therapies

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

Emily Hayes - Jan 30, 2019

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

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

Frances Salisbury - Jan 30, 2019

China - a key player in the global precision medicine race

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

Christoph Moeller - Jan 28, 2019

Autonomous driving: the IP twists and turns

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

Simon Parry - Jan 22, 2019

Autonomous vehicles - the race to innovate

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

Sean Jauss - Jan 14, 2019

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

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

Frances Salisbury - Dec 13, 2018

Precision medicine: ethics, regulation and patent law

New genomic and proteomic analysis technologies allow for diagnosis..

Christoph Moeller - Dec 11, 2018

Future mobility: the new direction of transport

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

Frances Salisbury - Dec 10, 2018

Plant related inventions: the saga continues

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

Adam Gregory - Dec 10, 2018

Patent protection: five tips for biotech start-ups

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

Richard Clegg - Dec 10, 2018

Clovis Oncology success in European Opposition Proceedings related to Rubraca®

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

Anna Mudge - Dec 02, 2018

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

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

Nick Sutcliffe - Nov 14, 2018

Supreme Court decision signals bad news for patent holders

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

Frances Salisbury - Oct 31, 2018

Precision Medicine: the next revolution in healthcare

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

Richard Clegg - Oct 31, 2018

Morphosis: creating and nurturing biotech start-ups in Singapore

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

Matthew Smith - Oct 29, 2018

Development in the war on superbugs

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

Graeme Moore - Oct 19, 2018

Patenting board games and puzzles

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

Seán Walton - Oct 03, 2018

The pioneering work of Professor Sir Greg Winter

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

Robert Watson - Sep 27, 2018

Navigating the Brexit landscape: patents

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

Simon Kremer - Apr 30, 2018

Changes to inter partes review system for challenging granted patents

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

Anna Mudge - Apr 20, 2018

Celebrating women working in IP in the North West

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

Ashley Cresswell - Aug 01, 2017

UK Supreme Court Establishes Doctrine of Equivalents in Actavis v Lilly

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