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EPO putting applications in the renewal grace period on hold?

epologoThe EPO apparently has a new internal procedure that debuted at some point in the last year which applies when a European patent application enters the six-month grace period for payment of an overdue renewal fee.  Once this happens the case file is apparently put on hold so that the Examiner is unable to work on it until the renewal fee has been paid.

IPcopy has heard that a colleague recently tried to briefly discuss a case with an Examiner to see if the claims looked in good shape from the Examiner’s point of view and also when the next exam report might issue. However the case in question was in the grace period for the renewal payment and so the Examiner was prevented from even opening the file to answer what were relatively basic questions. (more…)

No-go for Tokyo Olympic logo

tokyo logoToday we have a guest post from Kei Ikuta of the firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu. Kei Ikuta is a Japanese litigation lawyer specialising mainly in employment law, competition law and sports law.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (“TOC”) have decided to withdraw its Olympic logo (picture on the right).

On 24 July 2015, the logo was announced as having beaten 104 other candidates’ designs to be the 2020 Olympic logo.  TOC, making the announcement on 1 September 2015, have advised that they would start a new competition to choose a new Olympic logo.  (more…)

Live or let die? – Formal recommendations to abolish Australia’s Innovation patent system

PA106741Today on IPcopy we have a guest post from Caroline Bommer of Shelston IP on the subject of Australia’s innovation patent system. This post first appeared on the Shelston IP website and has been reproduced with the permission of the author.

In June 2014, following a three year plus review process with a broad range of inputs, ACIP (the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property), published a “final” report on the effectiveness of the Australian innovation patent system. Despite the results of its own economic research commissioned as part of that review, it was unable to come to any clear conclusions regarding retention or abolition of the system, and limited its recommendations to options for addressing concerns regarding the current low patentability threshold. (more…)

Summer Summary

rainA Bank holiday plus a torrential downpour must mean that summer’s just about over. Just in case you missed us over the last few weeks, here’s our summer round-up from mid-July through to the end of August. (more…)

Keltie: Charity Events

Keltie-Logo - tough mudder and run the river

This September Keltie teams will be raising money for a range of charities by taking part in the Run the River and Tough Mudder events. Full details including links to their team profiles and charity pages are below. (more…)

A Question of Data Protection

IMG_4334One trend in sport that is becoming increasingly prominent is the capture (and subsequent processing) of athlete data via wearable devices. While this is usually done for medical, training or performance purposes, the desire on the part of sports bodies to identify new revenue streams is strong and there is no doubt that the demand for this kind of data is growing. Alongside the technological difficulties, one of the most significant obstacles to the successful commercialisation of that data is data protection. Nick White, Partner at Couchmans LLP, examines the treatment of athlete personal data gathered via wearable technology and does so through the lens of the recent general approach adopted by the Council of the European Union (‘the Council’) on 15 June 2015 concerning the proposed draft General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).  (more…)

Book Review: ‘Inside Intellectual Property – Best Practice in Intellectual Property Law, Management and Strategy’

MikeJewess‘Inside Intellectual Property’ is written by a true ‘insider’ . Mike Jewess is the quintessential IP insider, his impressive career in IP having spanned private practice at a major London IP firm, senior in-house roles across a range of industries (including telecoms, packaging, aerospace and defence), and heading departments. He is a sought-after speaker, commentator and mentor in the IP community. If that isn’t enough, his comprehensive book is also informed by an in-depth survey of 25 UK IP practices. The result is a text that should become a seminal reference work. (more…)

Relocation of the Museum of Brands

MusuemofBrandsFrom the Museum of Brands comes this press release about their relocation:

The UK’s only museum dedicated entirely to brands is relocating on 6 October 2015  to larger premises on London’s Lancaster Road.  Since it opened  in Notting Hill’s Colville Mews in 2005, visitors to the Museum of Brands have increased fourfold, to a staggering forty thousand  in 2014. Continued growth and success have led the Museum to find a new, larger home at the London Lighthouse building, on Lancaster Road. As well as providing unrivalled insight into the history of British consumer society from the late 1800s, the move will enable the Museum to offer two unique venue spaces for hire during the day and the evening, perfect for conferences, drinks receptions and much more. (more…)

Designs seminar review (inc. Swarovski and the freedom to operate in the luxury goods market)

Keltie signKeltie LLP was pleased to host a workshop for in-house counsel on the topic of designs. The programme kicked off with a refresher by Emily Weal, associate at Keltie, on Registered vs Unregistered designs, followed by a talk from Lynn Schreier, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Swarovski, who gave some insights into handling freedom-to-operate in the luxury goods market. The workshop closed with an open forum discussion moderated by Michael Moore, partner at Keltie. (more…)

IP due diligence from an in-house perspective

AgreementIPcopy and Keltie LLP were treated to an excellent presentation by Rob Carter of K2 IP on the subject of due diligence from an in-house perspective (Rob worked in Shell’s intellectual property legal team for over 25 years, the last 10 years as Associate General Counsel and as part of the Global IP leadership team).

A typical M&A transaction passes through a number of stages and IP plays a key role in many of these stages:

  • Identification (to work out what IP is key?, how to extract value from the IP? etc.);
  • Assessment (what information will need to go into the data room?, what IP assets does the target company have? what IP agreements will be needed?)
  • Select (How do the IP due diligence results affect the proposed transaction?)
  • Define (what IP-related agreements will be required – a brand licence, process licence, patent/trade mark assignments, etc?. What IP rights will a retained business need?)
  • Execute (Negotiation and drafting of the IP-related agreements)
  • Operate (the fun task of recording licences and assignments and transferring files)
  • Asset Review (how did it go? How can we do better next time?)



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