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NFTs - the new way to exploit your IP
Non-fungible tokens are the latest fashion in the cyber world. Building on blockchain technology, NFTs may be a new way to exploit intellectual property rights.
Artificial Intelligence Patents at the EPO and UKIPO
The number of patent applications for inventions relating to Artificial Intelligence “AI” is growing fast! But, can artificial intelligence be patented at the European Patent Office? The answer is both yes... and no.
The Horror, and The Magic of Copyright
Arguably, one of the most horrifying times for an IP owner is when protection dies (or expires)...
The scope of protection of a patent is fundamental to whether a patent is infringed.
In 2017 the U.K. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Actavis v Eli Lilly , that fundamentally changed how U.K. patent infringement is assessed, by the (re-) introduction of a ‘doctrine of equivalents’, in which a feature that falls outside of a ‘normal’ interpretation of the claims but that nonetheless varies from the invention in a way that is ‘immaterial’, infringes a U.K. patent. This can provide a U.K. patent with a broader scope of protection than was the case prior to the Actavis decision.
Here we look at how the Actavis decision has been applied and developed in subsequent decisions by the U.K. courts.
Trade Mark Team Strengthened with Senior Management Appointments
Danielle Cooksley has been appointed Director of Trade Marks and Liam Peters has been received a promotion to Partner.
Changes to R&D Tax Credits, and introducing the Pioneer's Platform from Wynne-Jones IP
From April this year, reforms to the R&D tax-credit schemes become effective. For some, the changes will be welcomed but others will find they lose out on tax-savings in an economy with ever increasing costs. At Wynne-Jones IP, we’re delighted to offer entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’S a bit of extra help where it’s needed most. We offer a unique service, the Pioneer’s Platform, that helps businesses secure their first patent application at an affordable cost.
IP Assistance for SMEs- Last Orders for the IP Access Scheme?
Intellectual Property is a key aspect to consider for SMEs looking to develop and, if used correctly, can be a tool to grow and protect a business. However, the types and scope of protection of different forms of IP are frequently confused and misunderstood. This lack of understanding, along with the frequently prohibitive costs of certain forms of IP, is often the cause of businesses neglecting actual and potential IP rights that could be hugely beneficial. Nevertheless, there are a number of options for UK SMEs to help them develop and utilise their IP.
EPO Guidelines Update March 2023
As of 1st March 2023, the latest version of the EPO Guidelines for Examination have entered into force. In addition to a number of minor changes, such as the provisions for drawings and debiting procedures, the Guidelines have been amended to take into account some significant changes in European patent practice over the last year.
EPO Fee Increases 1 April 2023
The EPO has announced a set of fee increases effective on 1 April 2023.
Wynne-Jones IP to support Cheltenham Open Door throughout 2023
Wynne-Jones IP are delighted to announce Cheltenham Open Door as it’s nominated charity for 2023. The charity, which operates from two locations in Cheltenham, support vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people.