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UK IPO announces support for those affected by coronavirus

In brief, the UK IPO has indicated that it will use its discretionary powers (on a case-by-case basis) to extend time limits where possible under national and international law.

*Update* “EPO Board of Appeal finds Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent to lack valid priority claim and upholds revocation of patent (T 0844/18)”
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*Update* “EPO Board of Appeal finds Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent to lack valid priority claim and upholds revocation of patent (T 0844/18)”

Earlier this year, we reported on the EPO Board of Appeal’s decision to uphold the revocation of the Broad Institute’s CRISPR patent (here). Now it appears that the Broad Institute is gearing up to put forward a petition for review by the Enlarged Board of Appeal as a last resort to save their patent.

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The UPC is dead, long live the UPC!

European patent attorneys have been getting excited about the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) for years, writing articles, and giving talks and presentations about the ins-and-outs and twists-and-turns of the whole thing. So what is the current situation? What has happened now?

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EPO official fees to increase on 1 April 2020

The EPO adjusts its fees every two years. The EPO has now announced the next set of fee adjustments, which will come into effect on 1 April 2020. Full details of the fee increases are listed here and here. Overall, the EPO has implemented a general inflation-based 4% increase in official fees.

Honouring LGBT+ Inventors
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Honouring LGBT+ Inventors

The month of February marks LGBT+ History Month, and this year the theme is “Outing the Past”. This means a celebration of the work of LGBT+ people throughout history, and the commemoration of their achievements and struggles.

In this article, Renewals Administrator Holly Battrick looks back at the accomplishments of scientist Alan Turing and difficulty he faced as a gay man. 

An Own Goal? How to Avoid Getting Inter Trouble
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An Own Goal? How to Avoid Getting Inter Trouble

Italian giants, Internazionale – otherwise known as “Inter” - have taken legal action for trade mark infringement against David Beckham's Major League Soccer club, which he has called Inter Miami CF. This means that Inter Miami CF may be forced to change their name just weeks ahead of their (long-awaited) debut. Wynne-Jones IP Trade Mark Attorney and Director Victor Caddy talks the perils of trade mark infringement and how to avoid a disaster of Major League proportions...

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