Supreme Court awards £2M under UK inventor compensation scheme for invention of 'outstanding benefit' to employer

Today the Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Professor Shanks against his former employer, Unilever, awarding him £2M in compensation for his invention. This case is of real significance for all innovative businesses since it potentially increases the ...

23 October 2019

International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2020

The 10th edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Patents 2020 is a practical cross-border insight into patent law, with contributing editor Katharine Stephens of Bird & Bird.

30 September 2019

Patents: cancellation of RAND trial

The Court of Appeal has cancelled a RAND trial because it would serve no useful purpose where an undertaking was given not to enforce the right to a FRAND licence in respect of a UK patent which had been held valid and enforceable.

04 September 2019

Patents: meaning of enablement in anticipation by prior art

The Patents Court has considered enablement in relation to anticipation of a claimed monoclonal antibody invention by prior art, and held the patent was invalid for lack of novelty; it was also obvious for lack of technical contribution, and insufficient for ...

04 September 2019

The twoBirds Pattern team examine the difficulties in charting the leadership of companies in the 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) industry, and demonstrate how different assumptions can drastically affect the results

Bird & Bird’s patent intelligence offering, twoBirds Pattern, has experience in evaluating telecommunications patent portfolios in international licensing disputes. We note that a number of reports and news articles published in recent months have claimed to ...

23 August 2019