16.01.2023Gene Editing : CRISPR breakthroughs highlight IP questions
There have been some exciting announcements about the application of CRISPR-Cas9 type gene-editing technology to treat serious illnesses in the past few weeks. But this complex and rapidly evolving area of medicine raises some challenging IP issues.
13.12.2022Women and IP: a continuing journey
It’s now over 30 years since I joined the patent attorney profession. When I started, there were relatively few female patent attorneys, partly due to much lower numbers of women studying STEM subjects at university. I recall I was one of about six women in a cohort of 90 studying chemistry at Imperial College, and there were even fewer in the engineering departments. Today, thankfully there are more women in the profession – but there are still things we need to improve.
06.12.2022Unitary Patent System - Start Delayed
The UPC website has confirmed that the timeline for the start of the Unified Patent Court has been delayed by two months.
06.06.2022How do I go about getting a patent?
We take a look at the basic patent process, including how and where to file an initial patent application, what happens after filing, and how to expand your protection overseas.
11.01.2023What is a trade mark?
Trade marks can apply to words, logos, colours, shapes, drawings, even sounds and smells. They are a badge of origin that allows a customer to see a brand or product, recognise it and know how they can repeat that transaction again.
25.09.2022The Unitary Patent System – Frequently Asked Questions
The unitary patent system represents possibly the biggest change to the European patent landscape in decades. Set out below are some of the most common questions that patent owners have about the new system and what issues they need to consider.
11.01.2023What is a patent?
A patent is a time-limited monopoly awarded by countries as an incentive for investment in novel and non-obvious technical innovation. The purpose of the patent system is to allow companies and inventors to invest in innovation without concern that this will be lost when they go to market because others will copy their innovations.
20.10.2022UK Corporation tax U-turn increases the allure of Patent Box scheme
The imminent rise in UK corporation tax makes the financial benefits of the Patent Box scheme look even more attractive, and there may now be additional incentive for many innovative and IP-focused companies to give Patent Box greater attention.
20.07.2022AI in Manufacturing – A Modern Industrial Revolution
From robots that teach themselves to improve, to systems that predict when parts need to be replaced before they break, Amelia Ross investigates some of the interesting applications of Artificial Intelligence in the world of manufacturing.
17.10.2022The Global Chip Shortage and Innovation
The global shortage of semiconductor chips is one of the longer-lasting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delays in supplying chips are currently as long as a year in some industries, and analysts predict that things may not return to normal until 2024.
10.10.2022Science Fiction to Science Fact: Are We Nearly There with Fusion?
Research into fusion power has been ongoing for many years, and recently both private and government organisations have been seeking to make fusion power a reality. Are we nearly there with this clean energy source?
10.01.2022Pharmaceutical trade marks - top tips
Choosing a unique trade mark is important in any field; however, the pharmaceutical industry features some unique trade mark challenges.
07.04.2022Where should I file my first patent application?
We are sometimes asked by clients whether it matters in which country we file their first patent application. The simple answer might be – where are you based? But actually the decision can be more nuanced than that.
12.09.2022The long-term impact of Brexit on trade marks and designs
Six years on from the Brexit referendum, we can happily say that the measures put in place for trade marks and designs have been successful in delivering a smooth transition. But IP owners now need to pay attention to upcoming changes to rights of representation, particularly in light of the huge growth in applications at the UK IPO.
10.08.2022Protecting NFTs and cryptofinance services as trade marks
The EUIPO recently published new guidance on the classification of trade mark applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This guidance is helpful as we are seeing many filings in this area; however, further clarification may be needed.
20.07.2022What is pharmacogenomics and how is it being implemented in medicine?
Scientists have the technology to precisely match treatments to people’s genetic codes, paving the way for a new era of medicine.
16.06.2022Keltie ranked again one of Europe’s top Patent Law Firms by Financial Times
In a special report based on recommendations from our clients and peers across Europe, the firm was recognised for its exceptional standards of service in all technology sectors, with particularly high accolades in IT, Biotechnology, Materials, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
06.05.2022The Unitary Patent System – nearly ready to go live
The unitary patent system, comprising the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC), is now expected to go live either later this year or early next year. The exact date will be known as soon as Germany deposits its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement which will kick start a sunrise period. Following this sunrise period, the UPC will open its doors and it will be possible for a patent owner to obtain a single unitary patent which provides patent protection in at least 17 EU member states.
08.04.2022The EPO continues its pilot programme for video conference oral proceedings - an attorney perspective
The European Patent Office announced on 6 April that it would be extending its pilot project for video conference oral proceedings to 31 December 2022. Given the continuing high COVID case numbers, this is not surprising, and most (though not all!) attorneys and EPO-users will be pleased to see the announcement. We take a look at the experience of video conference proceedings for users of the system.
08.04.2022Scientists Complete The Human Genome Sequence
The human genome sequence is complete, twenty years after the first draft. Scientists have fully mapped the human genome sequence and released their findings almost 40 years after the Human Genome Project was first announced. Initially revealed in 2003, the DNA blueprint for human life included most of the regions that code for proteins but left out 200 million bases. Now, scientists have mapped a complete sequence, making this a significant development in the field of genomics.
27.01.2022Keltie welcomes Alan McFarlane as CEO
Keltie is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan McFarlane as its CEO. Alan joins the firm from the global recruitment specialist Hays where he founded the professional services consultancy James Harvard, establishing it as a multi-million-pound business specialising in transformation management and solutions.
13.01.2022The Electric Vehicle Industry: The Next Big Challenges
According to the Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Report, The UK’s transport sector is responsible for 27% of the UK’s total greenhouse emissions, with cars contributing up to 55% of those emissions. This has led to the automotive industry becoming a target for reducing emissions to make sure that we, along with the rest of the world, achieve net-zero by 2050.
13.12.2021Protecting and rewarding inventions devised by artificial intelligence: UK IPO calls for views
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has published an open consultation which calls for views on the intellectual property rights of patents and copyright for creative works or inventions that have been created using artificial intelligence (AI).
29.11.2021Artificial Intelligence: Can a machine be an inventor?
Can an AI be an inventor of a patent? A series of patent applications around the world are asking that very question...
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular method for a company to raise funds to get a new product off the ground. This is particularly prevalent for small businesses and start-ups within the lifestyle and wellness sectors. Successful crowdfunding has been seen in diverse areas such as tabletop gaming, comic books and virtual reality headsets. The potential for a company with its roots in crowdfunding can be extremely high, with the company Oculus starting from searching for a $250,000 investment on Kickstarter to eventually being bought out by Facebook for a figure in the billions.
19.10.2021Everyday Inventions in Lifestyle and Wellness
From regular exercise, nutrition and posture to online video conferencing and attempts to reduce our carbon footprint, our daily routines are packed with innovations that help to improve our lifestyle and our wellness. Here are 3 Lifestyle & Wellness inventions that each play an important role in our everyday lives:
09.09.2021The UK and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
The UK is looking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade agreement among 11 countries around the Pacific rim.
03.09.202130 September: End of Brexit grace period to re-file EU trade marks in the UK
The deadline for re-filing EU trade marks in the UK under Brexit transitional provisions falls on 30 September 2021. What action do you need to take?
31.08.2021Re-registering EU designs in the UK: Three scenarios to double check before the 30 September re-filing deadline
The deadline for re-filing EU designs in the UK is looming on 30 September 2021. Make sure your UK rights are in place before this deadline, and in particular, double check these three scenarios where your UK design rights may not have been created automatically.
25.08.2021Hydrovision vs Hylovision - Court offers clear vision in likelihood of confusion case
Keltie Trade Mark attorney Eleni Mezulanik takes a look at this important decision from the General Court.
23.08.2021Five patents in Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology: building materials and devices by controlling matter at the atomic and molecular level. An interdisciplinary field with far-reaching applications. Monica Patel explores five particularly interesting patents in this area...
19.08.2021Dual filing, cloned rights and new guidelines: Brexit’s impact on Trade Marks, Designs and IP Management
Britain leaving the European Union has changed how Trade Marks and Design Rights are filed and managed. According to Kane Ridley, Keltie’s Head of Trade Mark Support, now is the time for everyone to review their IP portfolios to avoid lost UK rights and future complications.
19.08.2021Unified Patent Court Update
Last week, after years of delay caused by challenges in the German Federal Constitutional Court, legislation enabling Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement came into force. German ratification of the UPCA is a required step in setting up the unitary patent system and so this development moves the Unified Patent Court slightly closer to reality.
10.08.2021Size Matters – The Rise of Fake Graphene
Graphene is a remarkable material, not only in its physical properties but in its high-profile reputation. That reputation gives it an impressive 'selling power' in everything from consumer goods to research proposals. But not all graphene is created equal, and very poor-quality or 'fake' graphene might be as easy to come by as the real stuff...
08.07.2021The Role of Carbon Capture in Achieving Net-Zero Emissions
We take a look at the opportunities for reducing emissions and government recommendations for industry, as well as some of the forerunner projects in carbon capture, carbon recycling, and hydrogen production. How can we achieve net-zero by 2050, and what role will IP play in this in the future?
05.07.2021Ten differences between UK and EU registered designs
Since Brexit, EU registered design protection no longer covers the UK. As a result, many design owners and IP practitioners have found themselves filing UK designs for the first time. Are you up to speed on UK practice? Here's a quick-glance guide to the key differences between the EU and UK design systems...
30.06.2021The Importance of Branding in Life Sciences, Healthcare and Precision Medicine
Branding has a very important role to play in any industry. However, it is crucial in the fields of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and also precision medicine which, by its very nature, is personal. For this reason, brand names in these areas should resonate with people (think ‘hearts and minds’).
30.06.2021UK publishes implementation plan for world’s most advanced genomic healthcare ecosystem
Plan covers 2021-2022 and translates the UK Genome Strategy into clear actions
23.06.2021Why It’s Important to File Oppositions at the EPO to Increase Your Freedom to Operate
Keeping up with the latest patents is vital to maintain competitive advantage, especially when your competitors may file patents that limit your freedom to operate (FTO). But how exactly do oppositions work, what timeframes do you have to work with, and what are the potential costs?
22.06.2021Keltie EQE Success
Congratulations to Keltie's trainees for record success in the 2021 European Qualifying Examinations.
24.03.2021IP in the food industry
From accommodating increasing demand to creating a sustainable food supply: innovation will be key in addressing the food industry's many challenges. How can that innovation be protected and exploited?
08.03.2021Materials and the power of a name
In the world of new and innovative materials, an imaginative name and effective marketing goes a very long way. Make sure you look after this valuable asset!
03.03.20215 minutes with Emily Weal on materials science patents
What's new and what's next in materials science and IP?
02.03.2021Top IP Tips for Influencers
When creating content, it is important to keep the right side of the IP line. Amelia Skelding talks through 5 top tips for influencers.
27.02.2021It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)
Protecting Manufacturing Processes
23.02.2021Patenting ethical, environmental or socially responsible technologies
Can patent protection ever be part of an ethical or high moral value business model?
12.02.2021Sean Cummings explains why Keltie’s office in Galway is the perfect location post-Brexit.
Understanding Keltie's decision to open an Irish office.
27.01.2021Design Registration Strategy: The spectrum of protection
Developing a design registration strategy that balances breadth and strength, to give you the best possible protection.
27.01.2021Patents and the birth of materials informatics
In 1863, David Kirkaldy patented his ‘Universal Testing Machine’ and laid the foundations for the Materials Informatics revolution. What did his patented invention mean then, and how can materials informatics inventions be protected now?
27.11.2022Registered design vs design patent
What is the difference between a registered design right and a design patent?
25.01.20215 minutes with Alistair Gay: working at Keltie.
Alistair Gay, Partner at the firm who joined over twenty years ago, shares his thoughts on what makes Keltie special.
22.01.2021Video: Keltie - United in Europe
In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union, raising many questions around EU Trade Marks and Community Designs, as well as representation rights before the EUIPO. As a result, Keltie took steps in order to safeguard all Pan European IP rights in the future.
07.01.2021Philip Baker - the future of IP in personalised transport.
Changes, challenges and what to look forward to.
04.01.20215 minutes with Rosemary Cardas - the history of Keltie.
Starting the firm in 1988.
16.12.2020Insights into the automotive sector with Joanne Hopley
Joanne Hopley talks about the future of automotive.
16.12.2020Mark Richardson explains the future challenges of IP in Europe, post-Brexit.
What can the intellectual property sector expect?
16.12.2020Shakeel Ahmad explains the borderline of patentability.
What is and is not protectable?
06.12.20205 minutes with Sullivan Fountain - working in-house versus private practice
The differences between in-house and private practice.
01.12.20205 minutes with Laura Kehoe on precision medicine.
Laura explains the future direction of precision medicine.
03.11.2020Manuela Macchi tells us about the importance of intellectual property in sport.
Insights into working with our sports clients.
23.10.2020Richard Lawrence - my top three inventions.
Three inventions which have helped shape the way we live our lives.
24.08.2020Working with start-ups – interview with Dev Crease.
Dev Crease joined Keltie in 2004 just after he qualified as a UK and European patent attorney. Over past 16 years he has developed a thriving practice in the life sciences, chemical and medical technologies team based around advising rapid growth companies achieve value in their IP positions.
18.02.2020Azhar Sadique on a career in IP and the future challenges for the profession.
Advice for young people looking to begin a career in intellectual property.