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Patent Attorney Firm Scintilla Expands by 50% with New Appointments

Scintilla is pleased to announce the appointment of patent administrator Sinead Clark and patent consultant Glen Wilson to increase capacity.   Sinead Clark joins us after nine years with a large patent attorney firm. She has been a CIPA-qualified patent administrator since 2012 and has substantial experience in patent filing, client management and global recordal […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Posted by Pete |

Scintilla’s Patent Team is Expanding

Dr. Iain McCrindle joins Scintilla as a Trainee Patent Attorney       This week we are delighted to welcome Iain McCrindle to the team (second from the right in the above picture).  He is joining us as a trainee patent attorney, following on from his PhD in electronics and electrical engineering and experience in […]

Posted in Milestones | Posted by Pete |

Patent Loopy

OR: Topping up knowledge of European Patent strategies     I’ll happily get absorbed in any sport but one which I enjoy is snooker, as well as the related sports of pool and billiards.   When you are learning to play snooker, the first basic skill you need to learn is how to pot the balls. […]

Posted in EPO, Patents, Strategy, Tricks of the Trade | Posted by Pete |

Let’s not panic about Brexit

So, it looks like the UK has voted to leave the EU.   Like other areas, the way that intellectual property (IP) system will be affected has been the subject of much debate and dramatic forecasts from both sides.  However, much more will stay the same than will change, and there is no need for […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Strategy | Posted by Pete |

Changes to Trade Mark Protection in the European Union

  OHIM is going to be re-named as the European Union Intellectual Property Office     Since 1996 it has been possible to register a single trade mark that is valid across the entire EU.  The “Community Trade Mark” is administered by the “Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market” – OHIM – based in […]

Posted in EU, Trade Marks, Unsolicited Communications | Posted by Pete |

UK Patent Box Corporation Tax Relief is Changing Soon

The Existing Scheme Runs Only Until the End of June 2016   In April 2013 the UK Government introduced the “Patent Box” tax relief so that corporation tax on profits relating to some patented products could be reduced.  The full effect is still being phased in, but under the current scheme from FY 2017 the […]

Posted in Patents, Strategy, UK | Posted by Pete |

European Patent Office Fee Increases 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) increase their fees on 1 April every two years. The revised fees which will take effect from 1 April 2016 have just been announced and can be found here.   We were all set to write an urgent blog post, imploring urgent action to avoid the urgent price hikes of […]

Posted in EPO, Patent Rule Changes, Patents | Posted by Pete |

Computer implemented inventions in the US, is your invention “rooted in computer technology”?

Historically, the law in the America regarding computer implemented inventions, CIIs, has been more flexible than in Europe. Following the infamous Alice decision held in 2014, the USPTO has changed its approach in assessing subject matter eligibility, generating greater uncertainty around the patentability of CIIs.   In brief, the USPTO operates a two-part test. In […]

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Welcoming Patent Paralegal Alison Kipling

    This week we are pleased to welcome Alison Kipling, who has joined us as a patent paralegal.   Alison has worked in the medical device industry as a Patent Advisor for three years before joining Scintilla in January 2016, gaining experience with infringement issues, patent filing and maintenance and portfolio management.   She […]

Posted in Milestones | Posted by Pete |

One step closer to a unitary patent system

  In the last few months a number of decisions taken by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Selected Committee of the Administrative Council of the EPO and the a number EU of member states have taken us one step closer to the completion of a system for unitary patent protection in […]

Posted in EPO, EU, Patent Rule Changes, Patents, Strategy | Posted by Gerard Giraud |