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Artificial intelligence inventions – IPO update

On 7 May 2024, the UK Intellectual Property Office has updated its guidance in relation to the examination of patent applications relating to artificial intelligence inventions, following the judgment of the Court in Emotional Perception AI Ltd v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.

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UPC Registration – time is running out!

CIPA encourages all Fellows and EPA members who are qualified to act as representatives at the UPC to register before the deadline of 1 June 2024.

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Invent, protect and prosper – patent guidance for innovative business

If you run a UK business, large or small, and you create your own new products or processes, you could boost your profits by patenting your developments.

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Practical considerations around MyEPO/fee changes from 1 April 2024

European patent attorneys and support staff need to be aware of important changes relating to the EPO’s online systems and fee arrangements that come into force on 1 April 2024.

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UK leads the way in IP-secured lending for high-growth SMEs

In what is claimed to be a banking world-first in terms of its availability and affordability, NatWest has launched lending for high-growth SMEs secured against their intellectual property...

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Technical issues delaying the start of IP Paralegal examination to be investigated

A technical bug affecting the PEBX examination portal during the Introductory Certificate in Patent Administration examination today (25 January) prevented candidates from accessing the Question Paper, Resource Pack and Answer documents at the start of the examination.

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Matt Dixon becomes our President for 2024

Long-standing CIPA Council member Matt Dixon has become our 115th President. He has made the promotion of UK patent attorneys at the new Unified Patent Court his top priority.

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Act now to keep access to EPO systems

The EPO is phasing out smart card access and closing other familiar services during 2024. These closures begin to take effect from 1 January 2024. Transition to the new systems requires planning and training by users.

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EPO accelerates oppositions for infringement and revocation to aid legal certainty and ease scheduling

The European Patent Office is accelerating opposition proceedings for infringement and revocation in an effort to streamline cases before the Unified Patent Court, national courts and the EPO...

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Lord Smith, Chairman, Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

DIT values CIPA’s advice and active support in International Trade Week and in preparing to negotiate IP chapters in the UK’s Free Trade Agreements with Australia, New Zealand and accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Antoinette Graves, Intellectual Property Team, Trade Policy, Department for International Trade (DIT)

CIPA plays a vital role in maintaining our position as a knowledge based economy and as a major jurisdiction for filing, maintaining and litigating IP rights. I value my links with the institute and the attorney professions as a whole.

Sir Colin Birss, Lord Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

CIPA is one of the EPO’s most valued partners and we deeply appreciate the input provided by its members. Our exchanges are always insightful, but in times of crisis, as we’ve seen during the pandemic, this close contact with CIPA has been crucial.

António Campinos, President, European Patent Office

CIPA has successfully navigated another year making full use of their impressive talents and creativity. CIPA’s members and leadership have been generous with their feedback on many aspects of EPO policy and practice, especially with regard to oral proceedings by vico.

Steve Rowan, Vice President, European Patent Office

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