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    EPO gets stricter on Requirements for Recording Assignments

    The EPO is tightening their formality requirements for recording assignment of EP patent applications. The provision in question is Article 72 EPC which states that “An assignment of a European patent application shall be made in writing and shall require the signature of the parties to the contract” (emphasis added).


    SHOULD'VE been accepted(?)

    Specsavers has recently caused a media stir by having its UK trade mark application for SHOULD’VE accepted on examination by the IPO (Intellectual Property Office). If registered, Specsavers will enjoy the usual benefit of registration, namely a monopoly in the trade mark in relation to the registered goods and services.


    Jan Walaski

    Jan is Venner Shipley's Managing Partner. He joined the firm in 1996 from one of the leading international law firms, where he was an intellectual property lawyer.


    Venner Shipley growth continues

    We are delighted to announce the expansion of our existing Trade Marks team with the arrival of Camilla Sexton and Gloria Parmesan, who will be joining the firm as Senior Trade Mark Attorneys in August.