European Inventor Awards

September 16, 2022By Julia D'ArcyPatents

The closing date for nominations to the European Patent Office’s European Inventor Awards 2023 is 3 October 2022. The awards showcase inspiring ideas and highlight the role that inventors play in building a smarter, more sustainable world. Nomination and selection criteria are available here.

The Unitary Patent Court: Preparations Continue

September 9, 2022By Julia D'ArcyPatents, Unitary Patent Court, Unitary Patent System

The set-up of local and regional divisions of the Court of First Instance of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) was confirmed in a meeting of the Administrative Committee of the UPC on 8 July 2022. These divisions will be located in: Austria (Vienna) Belgium (Brussels) Demark (Copenhagen) Finland (Helsinki) France (Paris) Germany (Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Mannheim, … Read More

EPO Oral Proceedings by Video Conference

September 5, 2022By Julia D'ArcyPatents

In April 2021, it was explicitly provided that a European Patent Office Board of Appeal may hold oral proceedings by video conference whenever it considers it appropriate to do so, and without the consent of all parties. In G 1/21, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) established that holding oral proceedings by video conference is … Read More

How Do You Value Intellectual Property?

November 19, 2021By Mark SmithIP Valuation

There are three methods widely accepted as best practice for quantifying the value of intellectual property or intangible assets: cost approach – intellectual property is valued at the historic cost of development; market approach – intangible asset value is extrapolated from similar or equivalent sale transactions that are a matter of public record (much as … Read More

Beware of “Stern, Young & Partners”

September 7, 2021By Mark SmithTrade Marks

UK trade mark owners should be very wary of renewal “invitations” sent by a party trading as “Stern, Young & Partners”. Trade mark registrations become eligible for renewal six months before the deadline (which falls every 10 years on the anniversary of the application date). Typically, “Stern, Young & Partners” will remind owners of the … Read More