Last week the UK announced at an EU Competitiveness Council meeting that it was proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). This announcement was greeted with some surprise but seemed to be generally viewed as “a good thing”: the unitary patent system could get back on track, the UK and Germany could ratify the agreement and we might see the first unitary patents rolling off the production line some time in the back half of 2017.
There was, however, some cynicism expressed online with some commentators pointing out that the official announcement is, when you really look at it, pretty light on actual detail1.
Now, I’m not one to shy away from a good healthy dose of cynicism but I thought the announcement was actually heralding the restarting of the ratification process. However, I’ve recently heard some background to the announcement which has made me wonder – “Is the UK trying to have its cake and eat it?” (more…)
Following rumours that have been circulating since last week, the UK confirmed yesterday, at an EU Competitiveness Council meeting, that it will continue with its preparations for ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This announcement seemingly gets the unitary patent system back on track and a start date at some point during 2017 once again seems a possibility.
The full announcement from the UK government can be found here and is also reproduced at the end of this post. In this post, IPcopy takes a closer look at what was said, what needs to happen next and then speculates what might happen post-Brexit. (more…)
EQE 2017 updates are coming thick and fast today.
An email is now doing the rounds from the EQE which states that: “We are glad to inform you that this [an increase in seating capacity at Walsall] will now allow all interested candidates to sit the EQE at Walsall Football Club, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA, U.K”. The text of this email is reproduced at the bottom of this post.
“I’m so glad I’m going to Walsall” was probably not a phrase many would have thought they’d be saying at the start of the year, but 2016 has been a strange year…. (more…)
Today marks the official launch of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) following the grant of the Royal Charter to the Institute in April and the formal issue of the Great Seal of the Realm. Keltie welcomes its new ‘Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys’ and congratulates the Institute on its hard work in securing this recognition for itself and its members.
Royal Charters are reserved for bodies that work in the public interest and which can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field. The grant of the Royal Charter to the Institute is an endorsement of the high standards that the Institute has set for its members in qualification, regulation and education since it was established in 1934 and it brings the Institute in line with other notable professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
Joanna Lucas-Munce 24 November 2016
UK based patent trainees must be thinking that they’ve done something wrong in a previous life.
Last year the EQE exams were held in Bristol in a venue that attracted a number of complaints. This year’s UK exams included a venue that didn’t have tables at the start of the exam.
Now, a number of UK based EQE candidates, for both the 2017 pre-exam and 2017 main exam, have been told that they have not secured a place at the UK venue in Birmingham (the “WFC The Venue” in Walsall) and are going to have to travel to Munich (the MOC centre).
Warning: those involved in the organisation of the EQE exams in the UK are encouraged to read the apology notice1 below before proceeding…. (more…)
Last Thursday, Keltie joined forces with LawInSport to present an afternoon of interactive presentations and discussions regarding the importance of IP in Sport.
To kick off the presentations, Sean Corbett, Brand Protection Manager at Formula One Management Limited, discussed the use and protection of IP and, in particular, trade marks, in sport and the battles that major sports brands face in protecting their trade marks and enforcing their rights. The take home message was to ensure that trade mark owners in the sports field allocate adequate resources and time to maintain, police and enhance their portfolios of registered trade marks to support the value of their brand and attract sponsors. (more…)
The USPTO issued a new memo to patent examiners on the subject of software patent eligibility on 2 November 2016 following recent precedential decisions in McRo Inc v Bandai Namco Games America and BASCOM Global Internet Services v AT&T Mobility in the Federal Circuit. A further recent precedential, decision Amdocs (Israel) Ltd v Openet Telecom, will be the subject of a further memo. As always the USPTO has updated its subject matter eligibility page on its website. (more…)
IPcopy is pleased to announce that Keltie has opened its first office outside the UK, in the Irish city of Galway. By doing so, Keltie has not just cemented its place in the European Union but has joined the innovation community of one of the world’s most energetic cities.