On 15 July 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO met to discuss the criteria used to determine whether computer simulations can be patented in Europe. Patent attorney Parminder Lally summarises the hearing and provides her thoughts on the case, which could have a significant impact on how the EPO determines whether any software inventions such as computer simulations are patentable, particularly when the software inventions do not have a direct link to the physical world.
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Tech transfer teams' IP challenges post-COVID-19 and beyond: part oneRegister now
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Exciting move to Cambridge for solicitor and trade mark attorney at leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees
Dual-qualified solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Chris Hoole, last month relocated to the Cambridge office of leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees.added by Mrs Appleyard Lees 1 min Read
As the UK experiences a record number of coal free days, we launch the first piece in our series, Green innovation and IP in the UK post-COVID-19, exploring drivers of ‘green’ innovation in energy, materials, processes and more. Will the COVID-19 pandemic impact development or protection of green innovation?added by Mrs Appleyard Lees 3 min Read
Intellectual property for start-ups in a post-COVID world: part five – managing know-how and trade secrets
This series of articles explores the effect of COVID-19-related disruption on start-ups’ management and monetisation of intellectual property (IP), giving practical guidance to start-ups to improve and preserve their position for the future. In this article, we look at what trade secrets and know-how are, and how the management of these IP rights may change while companies are operating under COVID-19 restrictions.added by Mrs Appleyard Lees 6 min Read
Progressing innovation outside the lab: a task list for researchers during lockdown – part three, physics and engineering innovation
Lab-based scientists may not be able to access their workspace during lockdown, but there are things that can be done remotely to further an IP programme. In part three of our series, “Progressing innovation outside the lab”, we outline strategic tasks that physics- and engineering-focussed researchers and scientists can complete to further intellectual property during time away from the lab.added by Mrs Appleyard Lees 6 min Read
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