Monthly Archives: September 2014

Detailed guide: Requests to amend a patent after grant

Updated: Section 27 amendment GB2463468 and Section 75 before the Court EP2254311 added.

In the table below we provide you with information about applications we have received to amend the specification of a patent under sections 27 and 75 before the court and the Office. The table also includes information about when you need to file an opposition if you wish to oppose the application to amend.

Where amendments have been filed electronically, you can obtain full details by selecting the patent number. If you are the patent owner(s), you should check these details carefully and inform us if there are any problems. Where amendments have been filed in paper form only, the symbol * appears in the table after the patent number.

In the case of amendments filed under section 75 before the court and under section 27 at the Office, reasons for the amendments are also provided.

You can obtain reasons for the amendments and full details of any amendments filed in paper form by contacting Litigation Section (telephone: +44 (0)1633 814334).

Opposition procedures

Section 75 before the court

If you want to oppose an amendment filed under section 75 before the court, you need to file a notice of opposition at the court. In the notice you need to set out clearly your reasons for opposing the amendment. You need to send us a copy of the notice and send a copy to anyone involved in the court proceedings. You need to do this within 14 days of the advertisement on our web site of the application to amend.

Section 75 before the comptroller and section 27 amendments

If you want to oppose an amendment filed under section 75 before the comptroller or an amendment filed under section 27, you need to complete and send us:

  • 2 copies of form 15 with the fee of £50. You will need to pay a further fee of £350 later
  • 2 copies of a statement setting out fully the facts of your case and what you want us to do

Opposition table 2016

Section Patents Journal Deadline for filing opposition Patent number and title International Classification Proprietor, including court action number (if any) and address for service
75 before the court 6628

1 June 2016

14 days
EP2254311
(PDF, 1.01MB, 10 pages)

Maintaining address translations for data communications

H04L SSH Communications Security OYJ

HP-2015-000037

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
3 Waterhouse Square
142 Holborn
London
EC1N 2SW

27 6628

1 June 2016

4 weeks
GB2463468
(PDF, 88.5KB, 6 pages)

Locking power connector apparatus

H01R Burland Technology Solutions Limited
75 before the court 6627

25 May 2016

14 days
EP1355604
(PDF, 244KB, 11 pages)

Disposable absorbent garment such as a diaper or training pants and a process of making the same

A61F Fameccanica.Data.S.P.A.

IP-2015-000205

Clyde & Co
The St Botolph Building
138 Houndsditch
London
EC3A 7AR

27 6625

11 May 2016

4 weeks
GB2448397
(PDF, 164KB, 5 pages)

Burner device

F23D Mont Selas Limited
27 6623

27 April 2016

4 weeks
GB2513461
(PDF, 518KB, 4 pages)

Image heating apparatus

G03G Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
27 6623

27 April 2016

4 weeks
GB2494543
(PDF, 909KB, 25 pages)

Improved roofing fabric

B32B Don & Low Limited
27 6622

20 April 2016

4 weeks
GB2514112
(PDF, 18.7KB, 1 page)

Valve arrangement

F16K Caterpillar Inc.
75 before the court 6621

13 April 2016

14 days
EP1422218
(PDF, 46.9KB, 3 pages)

Antiviral agent

C07D Shionogi & Co., Ltd

HP-2015-000040

Bristows LLP
100 Victoria Embankment
London
EC4Y 0DH

27 6620

6 April 2016

4 weeks
EP1995167
(PDF, 42.3KB, 2 pages)

Disconnectable turret mooring system for a vessel

B63B Bluewater Energy Services B.V.
75 before the court 6618

23 March 2016

14 days
EP2022349
(PDF, 381KB, 2 pages)

Aerosol electronic cigrarette

A24D Fontem Holdings 1 B.V.

HP-2015-000011
HP-2015-00027

Simmons & Simmons LLP
CityPoint
One Ropemaker Street
London
EC2Y 9SS

75 before the court 6618

23 March 2016

14 days
GB2498410
(PDF, 2.4MB, 18 pages)

Fusible bead toy

A63H Epoch Company Limited

IP-2015-000153

RGC Jenkins & Co
26 Caxton Street
London
SW1H 0RJ

75 before the Comptroller 6616

9 March 2016

2 weeks
GB2439562
(PDF, 1.77MB, 12 pages)

System for analysis of electrograms

A61B Medilec Limited
27 6616

9 March 2016

4 weeks
GB2469454
(PDF, 48.4KB, 2 pages)

A cleaner head

A47L Dyson Technology Limited
75 before the court 6616

9 March 2016

14 days
EP0817637-amendment
(PDF, 1.63MB, 7 pages)

Synergistic combinations of zidovudine, 1592U89 and 3TC

A61K Viiv Healthcare UK Limited

HP-2015-000024

Simmons & Simmons LLP
CityPoint
One Ropemaker Street
London
EC2Y 9SS

27 6615

2 March 2016

4 weeks
GB2519195
(PDF, 515KB, 10 pages)

Electronic device mount

B60R Ronald Allan Alcalde
75 before the court 6615

2 March 2016

14 days
EP1240041
(PDF, 221KB, 2 pages)

Joining of a vehicle pane to a contiguous element

B60J Saint-Gobain Glass France

HP-2015-000056

Bond Dickinson LLP
St Ann’s Wharf
112 Quayside
Newcastle
NE1 3DX

27 6612

10 February 2016

4 weeks
GB2380918
(PDF, 175KB, 10 pages)

Zeroclick

G06F Nes Stewart Irvine
75 before the court 6611

3 February 2016

14 days
EP2099626
(PDF, 411KB, 5 pages)

System for indicating the state of loading of a vehicle

B60G VPG Systems UK Limited

IP-2013-000003

D Young & Co LLP
120 Holborn
London
EC1N 2DY

75 before the Comptroller 6611

3 February 2016

14 days
GB2385340
(PDF, 17.5KB, 1 page)

Improvements in or relating to staircases

EO4F George Owen

Harrison IP Limited
First Floor
Box Tree House
Northminster Business Park
York
YO26 6QU

Opposition table 2015

Section Patents Journal Deadline for filing opposition Patent number and title International Classification Proprietor, including court action number (if any) and address for service
27 6623

27 April 2016

4 weeks
GB2494543
(PDF, 909KB, 25 pages)

Improved roofing fabric

B32B Don & Low Limited
75 before the court 6604

16 December 2015

14 days
GB2364420
(PDF, 646KB, 2 pages)

A prepayment utility metering system

G07F Vanclare Se Llc

HP-2015-000019

William Powell
11 Staple Inn
London
WC1V 7QH

75 before the court 6604

16 December 2015

14 days
EP1003591
(PDF, 897KB, 14 pages)

Method and equipment for use in rescue service

A62C Cold Cut Systems Svenska AB

IP-2015000158

Summer Solicitors LLP
22 Welbeck Street
London
W1G 8EF

75 before the court 6602

2 December 2015

14 days
EP1003591
(PDF, 897KB, 14 pages)

Process for the purification of daptomycin

C07 Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

HP-2014-000037

Carpmaels & Ransford
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

75 before the court 6602

2 December 2015

14 days
EP1252179
(PDF, 1.63MB, 11 pages)

High purity lipopeptides, lipopeptide micelles, processes for preparing same and pharmaceutical compositions containing them

C07K Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

HP-2014-000037

Carpmaels & Ransford
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

75 before the court 6602

2 December 2015

14 days
EP11115417
(PDF, 664KB, 3 pages)

Use of daptomycin

A1K Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

HP-2014-000037

Carpmaels & Ransford
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

27 6598

4 November 2015

4 weeks
GB2381461
(PDF, 149KB, 5 pages)

Dispenser

A5T Clinical Designs Limited
75 before the court 6598

4 November 2015

14 days
EP0934061
(PDF, 93.6KB, 4 pages)

Isobutylgaba and its derivatives for the treatment of pain

A61K Warner-Lambert Company LLC

HP-2014-000035
HP-2014-000021

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

27 6597

28 October 2015

4 weeks
GB2381201
(PDF, 98.9KB, 7 pages)

Dispenser

A5T Clinical Designs Limited
27 6597

28 October 2015

4 weeks
GB2389052
(PDF, 53.8KB, 4 pages)

Dispenser

A5T Clinical Designs Limited
75 before the court 6597

28 October 2015

14 days
EP1721606
(PDF, 181KB, 8 pages)

Buffered compositions for dialysis

G10L Advanced Renal Technologies

HC-2015-001184
Taylor Wessing LLP
5 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3TW

75 before the court 6597

28 October 2015

14 days
EP1114415
(PDF, 538KB, 1 page)

Linear predictive analysis-by-synthesis encoding method and encoder

G10L Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (PUBL)

HP-2015-000023
Taylor Wessing LLP
5 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3TW

75 before the court 6597

28 October 2015

14 days
EP1114413
(PDF, 239KB, 1 page)

Celp encoding/decoding method and apparatus

G10L Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (PUBL)

HP-2015-000023

Taylor Wessing LLP
5 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3TW

75 before the court 6594

7 October 2015

14 days
EP2375336
(PDF, 9.83MB, 45 pages)

System and method for preventing access to data on a compromised remote device

G06F HP-2014-000016

Good Technology Corporation

EIP
Fairfax House
15 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HU

75 before the court 6594

7 October 2015

14 days
EP1586580
(PDF, 328KB, 2 pages)

Process for the purification of daptomycin

C07K HP-2014-000037

Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

75 before the court 6594

7 October 2015

14 days
EP1115417
(PDF, 381KB, 3 pages)

Use of daptomycin

A61K HP-2014-000037

Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

75 before the court 6594

7 October 2015

14 days
EP1252179
(PDF, 1.17MB, 11 pages)

High purity lipopeptides, lipopeptide micelles, processes for preparing

C07K HP-2014-000037

Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
One Southampton Row
London
WC1B 5HA

27 6585

5 August 2015

4 weeks
GB2463079
(PDF, 100KB, 12 pages)

Retaining wall

E02D Balfour Beatty PLC
75 before the court 6582

15 July 2015

14 days
EP1379220 Proposed re-amendments
(PDF, 590KB, 4 pages)

Inhalation capsules

A61K HP-2014-000002

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

27 6579

24 June 2015

4 weeks
GB2481423
(PDF, 44.6KB, 5 pages)

Proactive seeding of data in a peer to peer network

H04L Giraffic Technologies Ltd
75 before the court 6578

17 June 2015

14 days
EP2119287
(PDF, 51.9KB, 2 pages)

Self configuring and optimisation of cell neighbours in wireless telecommunications networks

H04W HP-2014-000005

Unwired Planet International Limited

EIP Europe LLP
Fairfax House
15 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HU

75 before the court 6578

17 June 2015

14 days
EP2485514
(PDF, 69.9KB, 2 pages)

Self configuring and optimisation of cell neighbours in wireless telecommunications networks

H04W HP-2014-000005

Unwired Planet International Limited

EIP Europe LLP
Fairfax House
15 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HU

75 before the court 6577

10 June 2015

14 days
EP1114415
(PDF, 22.1KB, 1 page)

Linear predictive analysis-by-synthesis encoding method and encoder

G10L HP-2013-000016

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (PUBL)

Taylor Wessing LLP
5 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3TW

75 before the comptroller 6577

10 June 2015

14 days
GB2413482
(PDF, 128KB, 13 pages)

Device for cleaning ponds

A4F Tensor Marketing Ltd
75 before the court 6576

3 June 2015

14 days
GB2482576
(PDF, 821KB, 3 pages)

A neutrally buoyant underwater weapon clearance appliance

B63G HP-2014-000013

Atlas Elektronik GMBH

EMW Law LLP
Seebeack House
1 Seebeck Place
Knowhill
Milton Keynes
MK5 8FR

75 before the court 6576

3 June 2015

14 days
EP1058927
(PDF, 267KB, 6 pages)

Speech coding including soft adaptability feature

G10L HP-2013-000016

Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (PUBL).

Taylor Wessing LLP
5 New Street Square
London
EC4A 3TW

27 6575

27 May 2015

4 weeks
GB2503251
(PDF, 37.9KB, 1 page)

A self righting cleaning appliance

A47L Dyson Technology Limited
27 6574

20 May 2015

4 weeks
EP2155135
(PDF, 49.2KB, 2 pages)

Turning platform

A61G Genie Care
27 6573

13 May 2015

4 weeks
GB2465293
(PDF, 24.7MB, 102 pages)

Printing material container, and board mounted on printing material container

B41J Seiko Epson Corporation
75 before the comptroller 6573

13 May 2015

2 weeks
GB2361976
(PDF, 90.4KB, 7 pages)

Improvements in and relating to fusion control systems

F2GK Caldervale Technology Limited
75 before the court 6573

13 May 2015

14 days
EP1360287
(PDF, 22.8MB, 70 pages)

Methods of modifying eukaryotic cells

C12N HP-2013-000001

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishop’s Square
London
E1 6AD

75 before the court 6573

13 May 2015

14 days
EP1537878
(PDF, 1.52MB, 3 pages)

Immunopotentiating compositions

A61K HP-2014-000038

ONO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
65 Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 1HS

27 6567

1 April 2015

4 weeks GB2505319*

Method for cleaning a waste water vessel for the waste water industry

C02F Green Channel Limited
27 6567

1 April 2015

4 weeks
EP1667590
(PDF, 20.4KB, 4 pages)

Bone plates

A61B Oregon Health and Science University
75 before the court 6565

18 March 2015

14 days
EP1379220
(PDF, 1000KB, 2 pages)

Inhalation capsules

A61K HP-2014-000002

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishop’s Square
London
E1 6AD

27 6564

11 March 2015

4 weeks GB2445146*

Improvements in and relating to an ankle prothesis

A61B CORIN LIMITED
75 before the court 6562

25 February 2015

2 weeks
GB2429159
(PDF, 559KB, 6 pages)

Method and device for treating a teat canal of an animal

A61M BIMEDA Research and Development Limited.
Venner Shipley LLP
200 Aldersgate
London
EC1A 4HD
75 before the court 6562

25 February 2015

14 days
EP1781455
(PDF, 11.5KB, 2 pages)

Method for making a reinforcement provided with at least one adhesive surface capable of being re-positioned and resulting reinforcement

B29B IP-2014-000056

SAERTEX FRANCE SAS
Appleyard Lees
The Lexicon
Mount Street
Manchester
M2 5NT

75 before the court 6562

25 February 2015

14 days
EP0817637
(PDF, 166KB, 6 pages)

Synergistic combinations of zidovudine, 1592U89 and 3TC

A61K HP-2014-000028

VIIV HEALTHCARE UK LIMITED
Simmons & Simmons LLP
CityPoint
One Ropemaker Street
London
EC2Y 9SS

27 6561

18 February 2015

4 weeks
EP2113051
(PDF, 83.5KB, 1 page)

An auxillary power generation apparatus

F01D Bowman Power Group Limited

75 before the court 6560

11 February 2015

14 days EP2085003

Deep fryer with automatic fat coating

A47J HC-12, A03904
HC12, B04588

SEB S.A.
Bird & Bird LLP
15 Fetter Lane
London
EC4A 1JP

27 6559

04 February 2015

4 weeks GB2433473*

Printing material container, and board mounted on printing material container

B41J SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
75 before the court 6558

28 January 2015

14 days
EP1687951-proposed amendments
(PDF, 138KB, 5 pages)

Method for communicating over the internet with geographically distributed devices

H04L HP-2013-000522

Rovi Solutions Corporation
Powell Gilbert LLP
85 Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 1AE

75 before the court 6557

21 January 2015

14 days
EP0847496
(PDF, 125KB, 5 pages)

Method of operating a wind power station

F03D HP-2013-000014

Wobben Properties GmbH
Powell Gilbert LLP
85 Fleet Street
London
EC4Y 1AE

27 6556

14 January 2015

4 weeks
GB2456113
(PDF, 77KB, 8 pages)

Speaker configuration

H04R

Martin Audio Limited

75 before the court 6550

3 December 2014

14 days
EP1360287
(PDF, 982KB, 28 pages)

Methods of modifying eukaryotic cells

C12N HP-2013-000001

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishop Square
London
E1 6AD

Opposition table 2014

Opposition table 2014 is available via National archives.

Opposition table 2013

Opposition table 2013 is available via National archives.

Source: UK IPO News

Notice: Trade marks: hearings diaries

Updated: Appeals to the appointed person diary updated.

These documents are updated regularly to highlight the trade marks hearings which have been scheduled.

Unless shown otherwise, main and procedural hearings take place at:

4 Abbey Orchard Street

London

SW1P 2HT

Unless shown otherwise, appeals to the Appointed Person hearings take place at either of the following 2 locations:

4 Abbey Orchard Street

London

SW1P 2HT

or

7 Rolls Buildings

Fetter Lane

London

EC4A 1NL

Source: UK IPO News

Guidance: Applications for reviews on patent opinions

Updated: Opinion 17/16 added.

Use this table to get information about applications we have received for the review of a patent opinion and to see what stage each application has reached. You can see whether:

  • you can file a statement supporting or opposing the application or whether the period for doing so has expired
  • we have issued a decision. You can view this in our decisions database
  • the person who filed the application for a review has withdrawn it
  • we have refused the application for a review where we have issued a decision refusing the application, you can view this in our decisions database

If you would like more information about a particular review application, then contact our opinions team:

Phone: +44 (0) 1633 814332 or +44 (0) 1633 814335

Fax: +44 (0) 1633 814491

Email: opinions@ipo.gov.uk

Source: UK IPO News

Promotional material: IPO events calendar

Updated: New events for July, August, September and October added.

There are numerous events throughout the UK and abroad which have an intellectual property or business focus. The calendar is updated regularly so keep checking it to see what’s new.

Source: UK IPO News

Guidance: Orphan works diligent search guidance for applicants

Updated: Orphan works diligent search guidance: Film and sound updated.

Orphan works are copyright works where one or more right holder is unknown or cannot be located. These guides will be helpful if you decide to apply for a licence under the orphan works licensing scheme, which requires a diligent search to be completed. They include details on the sources that applicants must consult and a non exhaustive list of additional sources which might be helpful. They have been developed through working with professionals in the relevant sectors. Checklists to show that you have completed a diligent search have also been published, which may be used in the application process.

These documents are divided into three broad areas of copyright works:

  • film and sound
  • literary works
  • still visual art

Source: UK IPO News

Expanded 2014 Edison Scholars Program to Focus on Litigation Issues

Blog by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee

I’m delighted to welcome our 2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars to the USPTO. The Edison Scholar program, which began in 2012, enlists the services of distinguished academic researchers to study intellectual property issues that further the USPTO’s mission and the public interest. The scholars devote up to six months of full time service to the agency, or up to a year in part-time service.

Past Edison Scholars have studied ways to improve the USPTO’s efficiency and performance, decrease burdens on applicants, and improve patent quality and clarity. Their work has generated concrete proposals for patent policy and continues to deliver exceptional results.

Because of its success, the White House Task Force on High-Tech Patent Issues directed the USPTO to expand the Edison Scholars program to study an issue that is of particular and urgent interest, abusive patent litigation. Last fall, the USPTO issued a call for proposals and began a competitive selection process to fulfill this mandate. We have five Edison Scholars this year, including three “Research Fellows” who were selected to specifically develop and publish robust data and research on litigation issues. They’ll be working within our Office of Policy and International Affairs, led by Chief Policy Officer Shira Perlmutter. We look forward to the contributions of all the 2014 Edison Scholars on these essential topics.

2014 Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholars

Graeme Dinwoodie is professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford IP Research Centre, and a Professorial Fellow of St. Peter’s College. Professor Dinwoodie is an international authority on comparative IP law and is the author of five casebooks. He earned his J.S.D. from Columbia Law School.

Research topic: Professor Dinwoodie will study the role of trademark registrations in defining rights as to infringement, whether to confirm market usage rights already in effect or to provide broader protections that enable economic expansion.

Joshua Sarnoff is professor of law at the DePaul University College of Law. Professor Sarnoff has published widely on patent and administrative law and innovation policy, and has been a frequent source of expert testimony on legislative reforms and amicus briefs in the Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and has served on the faculties of American University and the University of Arizona.

Research topic: Professor Sarnoff will study the impact of differing legal standards for patent validity in administrative and judicial settings. 

Jonas Anderson* is an assistant professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law. Professor Anderson is a past Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. After earning his J.D. from Harvard Law School, he clerked for Judge Alan Lourie at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Research topic: Professor Anderson will classify and evaluate which types of patent claim terms are particularly difficult for courts and innovators to construe in determining the scope of patent rights. 

Joseph Bailey* is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business and Executive Director of the interdisciplinary QUEST course of study in innovation and quality systems management. Dr. Bailey studies the economics and public policy of interoperability and e-commerce. He earned his Ph.D. in Technology, Management and Policy from MIT.

Research topic: Professor Bailey will study how machine reading and process improvement can help refine patent examination, particularly in identifying the prior art that legally limits the scope of patent rights. 

Deepak Hegde* is an assistant professor of Management and Organizations at the NYU Stern School of Business. Dr. Hegde has previously served as a visiting scholar in the USPTO Office of Chief Economist and has published on innovation and business strategy in high-technology industries. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley.

Research topic: Professor Hegde will study patent examination quality by analyzing of how past policies have affected the USPTO patent quality metrics, with a focus on the downstream incidence of patent litigation.

*Research Fellow focusing on abusive patent litigation

Learn more about the Edison Scholars Program.

Source: USPTO