1. EPO Board of Appeal Resists EU Intervention on Patentability of Plants and Plant Products

    On 5 December 2018 the Technical Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a remarkable decision in case T 1063/18 to overturn a recently implemented amendment to Rule 28(2) EPC, thereby undoing what was effectively an amendment to the Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents initiated by the European Union (EU). This decision can be…

  2. Data Protection: Beware staff curiosity; Germany accepts mitigation in 1st GDPR fine; Marriott…

    Data Protection: Beware staff curiosity; Germany accepts mitigation in 1st GDPR fine; Marriott suffers major breach; and ICO fines for failure to pay data protection fee.

  3. EPO user consultation on the possible introduction of a postponed examination system

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced a new consultation on the possible introduction of a postponed examination system, termed ‘User-Driven Early Certainty’. Such a postponed examination system would form part of the EPO’s ‘Early Certainty’ policy, under which the EPO…

  4. Genuine use of trade mark’s: General Court distinguishes English approach to evidence

  5. Data Protection Update

  6. Supplementary Protection Certificate Update – November 2018

  7. Patenting Artificial Intelligence

  8. Plausibility - UK’s Supreme Court - New guidance on sufficiency, Swiss-form claims & skinny labels

  9. Prestigious panel success for Venner Shipley

  10. A millstone decision for milestone R&D payments

  11. Venner Shipley quoted in Managing Intellectual Property

  12. Employers are liable for rogue employees causing data breaches