UKIPO responds to consulation on patents in AI

Following a consultation in late 2020 the UKIPO has published its summary of the responses and proposed actions. These include a further consultation on the need for legislation in relation to the possibility of AI-inventors and a study of the current ...

25 March 2021

British American Tobacco burnt by Patents Court judgment on heat-not-burn devices

We review the High Court’s decision in Philip Morris Products, SA & Philip Morris Limited v Rai Strategic Holdings, Inc & Nicoventures Trading Limited [2021] EWHC 537 (Pat). The court conducted an assessment of the validity of two patents held by British ...

11 March 2021

Arbitration of FRAND Disputes in SEP Licensing

High-technology products today usually contain standardised technology. Cellular wireless connectivity is one example: standards include the fourth-generation ‘LTE’ standard or the third-generation ‘UMTS’ standard.

02 March 2021

When is someone "authorised" to use a patented invention for the services of the Crown and therefore immune from patent infringement?

Katharine Stephens considers the Court of Appeal's decision in IPCom GmbH & Co KG v Vodafone Group plc & others (19 February 2021). The court overturned the decision at first instance and held that Vodafone did not have a defence of Crown use in relation to ...

22 February 2021

Excluded subject matter – a reminder of the importance of applying the statutory test

Katharine Stephens considers the decision in Reaux-Savonte v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks which serves as a reminder from the English High Court not to lose sight of the statutory test when considering whether an invention is ...

10 February 2021