EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
We are a majority female-owned business.
We believe in equal opportunities for all. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees, workers and job applicants equally. No employee or potential employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any 'protected characteristic', namely:
- Age (or perceived age);
- Disability (past or present);
- Gender reassignment;
- Marriage or civil partnership status;
- Race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins;
- Religion or belief;
- Sexual orientation;
- Maternity, pregnancy or family leave;
- Trade union membership (or non-membership); and
- Part-time or fixed term status.
No employee or potential employee will be disadvantaged by any conditions of employment that cannot be justified as necessary on operational grounds.
These principles of equality of opportunity and non-discrimination also apply to the manner in which our staff treat clients, service users, our business partners and visitors.
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Confidentiality of Medical Trials
The confidentiality of medical trials was examined in recent EPO board of appeal case T 0670/20. During phase IIa and IIb clinical trials conducted prior to the filing of patent application EP2140867, tablets of anti-blood clot agent edoxaban were distributed. Under European law, is not necessary to show that a disclosure has in fact taken … Read More
New Rules Require UK Address for Service in Trade Mark and Design Matters
There are two main scenarios in which UK pending or registered design and trade mark rights held by non-UK applicants or proprietors might not have a UK address for service (“AFS”) or representative. They are: UK rights filed and secured through the Madrid Protocol (trade marks) or Hague Convention (registered designs); and Registered trade mark … Read More
Hindsight in Assessment of Inventive Step
The EPO favours the problem-solution approach in the assessment of inventive step. This involves identifying the closest prior art, as the prior art document that provides the most promising starting point for an obviousness attack. However, the step of identification of the closest prior art in the problem-solution approach creates a potential tension with one of … Read More