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All-Energy® 2017, Glasgow

All-Energy® 2017, Glasgow

Last week, Secerna LLP attended the All-Energy® 2017 conference in Glasgow.

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Unified Patent Court – December Launch Date?

Unified Patent Court – December Launch Date?

New Unified Patent Court expected to launch in December 2017.

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UK Court Decision Kills Keepalive Patent

UK Court Decision Kills Keepalive Patent

In its Judgment on the dispute between Sony Communications and SSH Communications the UK High Court has deemed invalid patent EP(UK) 2254311 which relates to the use of keepalive packets.

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Still Painful for Pfizer

Still Painful for Pfizer

Court of Appeal confirms $5b Pfizer drug patent invalid.

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Upcoming Changes to the UK Patent Rules

Upcoming Changes to the UK Patent Rules

Forthcoming amendments of the UK Patents Rules 2007 will have an impact on patent practice in front of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).

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Accelerating Immunotherapy US Patent Prosecution

Accelerating Immunotherapy US Patent Prosecution

On 29 June 2016, the US Patent Office announced a Pilot Program for Cancer Immunotherapy aimed at accelerating prosecution and grant of cancer immunotherapy patent applications.

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Brexit News

Brexit News

IP related consequences of the Referendum.

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Streamlined European Opposition Procedure

Streamlined European Opposition Procedure

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently announced some changes to the current procedure for opposing a European patent. These changes which will take effect from 1 July 2016.

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Bio International Convention, San Francisco, June 2016

Bio International Convention, San Francisco, June 2016

We are pleased to announce that attorneys from Secerna will be attending the BIO International Convention in San Francisco in June 2016.

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International Bar Association (IBA) Conference, San Francisco, June 2016

International Bar Association (IBA) Conference, San Francisco, June 2016

One of our patent attorneys, Jason Boakes, will be moderating at the IBA conference in San Francisco in early June 2016.

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Recent UK Court decision provides insight on the interplay between clarity and insufficiency

Recent UK Court decision provides insight on the interplay between clarity and insufficiency

In a recent patent case, Unwired Planet International Limited v Huawei Technologies Co Limited and others, the defendants tried to argue that a term used in the claims lacked clarity to the extent it was “truly ambiguous” and that as a result the patent in question was insufficient.

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Common Sense from EPO on Transfer of Employee Inventions

Common Sense from EPO on Transfer of Employee Inventions

A recent decision published as T0205/14 by the Technical Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office outlines the possibility that an express assignment of the right to priority is not necessary for a Patentee to enjoy a right to priority.

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Accelerated Patent Prosecution via the Green Channel

Accelerated Patent Prosecution via the Green Channel

In 2009, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) began a scheme to allow accelerated prosecution for inventions that relate to green technologies.

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Plausibility, Sufficiency and Inventive Step

Plausibility, Sufficiency and Inventive Step

A recent decision issued by the High Court has found that a patent to the second medical use of atomoxetine for the treatment of ADHD is valid.

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European Patents can now be validated in the Republic of Moldova

European Patents can now be validated in the Republic of Moldova

As of 1 November 2015, European Patents can be validated in the Republic of Moldova.

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EPO Clarifies Timing for Filing Divisional Patent Applications

EPO Clarifies Timing for Filing Divisional Patent Applications

In a recent decision J0022/13 the EPO has helped clarify when a divisional patent application can be validly filed.

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Durham Oktoberfest 22 October 2015

Durham Oktoberfest 22 October 2015

We are pleased to announce that Attorneys from Secerna will be exhibiting at Durham Oktoberfest 2015

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SPE Offshore Europe - Aberdeen - 8-11 September 2015

SPE Offshore Europe - Aberdeen - 8-11 September 2015

We are pleased to announce that attorneys from Secerna will be attending SPE Offshore Europe - Aberdeen

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Bionow Life Science and Healthcare Showcase Conference - Tuesday 7th July, Newcastle

Bionow Life Science and Healthcare Showcase Conference - Tuesday 7th July, Newcastle

We are pleased to announce that Charlotte Watkins from Secerna will be attending the Bionow Life Science and Healthcare Showcase Conference in Newcastle on 7th July 2015.

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BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, June 2015

BIO International Convention, Philadelphia, June 2015

We are pleased to announce that attorneys from Secerna will be attending the BIO International Convention in Philadelphia in June 2015.

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Recent Decision confirms the Assessment of Added Matter

Recent Decision confirms the Assessment of Added Matter

In a recent decision issued by a Technical Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO), the strict approach the EPO applies to analysis of added matter was re-confirmed.

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2015 BioSynergy Conference

2015 BioSynergy Conference

We are pleased to announce that Secerna will be sponsoring the 2015 BioSynergy Conference to be held at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Sand Hutton, York.

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CJEU: Covalent binding of active ingredients does not preclude grant of SPCs

CJEU: Covalent binding of active ingredients does not preclude grant of SPCs

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently considered whether a carrier protein covalently conjugated to the active ingredients of a vaccine could itself be protected by a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC).

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Repeated pain but no gain for Warner-Lambert

Repeated pain but no gain for Warner-Lambert

A recent UK Patents Court decision has focused on the extent to which generics manufacturers can avoid injunctions by taking positive steps in support of a “skinny label”, as well as providing some useful guidance on the interpretation of “Swiss type” medical use claims.

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Recent ECJ Decision to boost stem cell research in Europe

Recent ECJ Decision to boost stem cell research in Europe

Stem cell research companies and organisations will welcome a recent decision from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) which has extended the scope of patentability in the field of stem cell research.

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US Functional Biotech Claims – Vulnerable to Invalidity?

US Functional Biotech Claims – Vulnerable to Invalidity?

US Court warns that functional biotech claims are “vulnerable to invalidity”

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Two Recent EPO Board of Appeal Decisions

Two Recent EPO Board of Appeal Decisions

It is often argued that salt and polymorph screening during pharmaceutical drug development is now so routine that any resultant salts and polymorphs must be obvious from a patent perspective.

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Changes to Rule 164 EPC - Good news for Applicants

Changes to Rule 164 EPC - Good news for Applicants

A procedural Rule of the European Patent Office (EPO) that often puts patent applicants, particularly from outside Europe, at a costly disadvantage is due to be amended in November 2014. From 1 November 2014, applicants will be able to request additional searches to be carried out following a finding of non-unity by the EPO’s Search Division.

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Durham Oktoberfest 2014

Durham Oktoberfest 2014

Durham Oktoberfest 23 October 2014

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Secerna LLP Expands its Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Team

Secerna LLP Expands its Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Team

Secerna is delighted to announce the arrival of Hazel Robson to our team. Hazel joins our chemistry and pharmaceutical team and will also support our life sciences team.

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BIO International Convention, San Diego, June 2014

BIO International Convention, San Diego, June 2014

We are pleased to announce that attorneys from Secerna will be attending the BIO International Convention in San Diego in June 2014.

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Filing EP Divisional Patent Applications

Filing EP Divisional Patent Applications

EPO amends deadline for filing divisional patent applications.

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Venturefest York 2014

Venturefest York 2014

Secerna is proud to announce that they will be supporting Venturefest 2014 in York on 13 March 2014.

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Secerna LLP Further Strengthens its ICT Team

Secerna LLP Further Strengthens its ICT Team

Secerna is delighted to announce the arrival of Dan Mercer to our team.

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Secerna LLP Opens a Newcastle Office

Secerna LLP Opens a Newcastle Office

Secerna opens first new office.

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Designers Pay Litigation Damages

Designers Pay Litigation Damages

LED Luminaire Designers Must Pay Patent Litigation Damages.

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Patent Term Extension in the US Clarified

Patent Term Extension in the US Clarified

Patent Term Extension in the US clarified.

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