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Schlich is a unique team of European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys based in the South of England. Since 2004, we’ve helped our clients acquire, and defend, their IP assets, helping them to build and grow successful businesses based on their IP assets.
We draft and file patent applications, get them granted and enforce them. We also prepare and file trade mark applications and prosecute them to registration.
To enforce our clients’ rights, we also represent them in court and other inter partes proceedings (and, where necessary, attack and remove competitors’ rights).
Read the latest news and briefings from the team at Schlich about real cases involving patents, trade marks and designs.
Background On 11 March 2020, Little Hare Gin Company Limited (hereinafter, “the Applicant”) applied to register a UK trade mark for a series of logos developed for a range of goods and services, most notably including “gin” in Class 33. Each logo comprised an image of a hare with the words “LITTLE HARE GIN” written […]
The gestation period of the European Unitary Patent System has been a long one with many delays. However, on 19 January 2022 the Austrian government deposited their instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement on provisional application. This act triggered the start of the Provisional Application Period (PAP) and the birth of the Unified Patent Court as an international organisation.
Enlarged Board issues its Decision in Case G 1/21 regarding the Legality of Oral Proceedings by Videoconference
As reported in our earlier article, in July 2021, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued a Press Communiqué with its decision in case G1/21. As a reminder, the Enlarged Board decided that: During a general emergency impairing the parties’ possibilities to attend in-person oral proceedings at the EPO premises, the conduct of oral proceedings
The Mercer Review of the Chartered (UK) Patent Attorney qualification process has recently been published and proposes that a series of changes should be made. However, it remains to be seen whether the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) will ultimately accept any/all of the changes proposed by this Review.
Background Dr Thaler filed two UK patent applications and subsequently filed Form 7’s stating that the inventor for both applications was the AI system “DABUS”. Dr Thaler also indicated on the Form 7’s that he had acquired the right to be granted the patents “by ownership of the creativity machine ‘DABUS'”. The UKIPO responded stating […]
Background In 2008, the State Council of China issued its “Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy”, which set a target of increasing the administration and use of IP rights in China by 2020. Last year, the State Council Information Office announced it believed all of the targets set out in the 2008 Outline had […]
Belcher’s patent related to a high-pH formulation of L-epinephrine (L-adrenaline) and was granted with a claim to a formulation of pH 2.8-3.3. The formulation of L-epinephrine was also the subject of a new drug application before the FDA. Hospira, who were separately seeking FDA approval for their own L-adrenaline formulation, submitted that Belcher’s patent was […]
Overview Although there are many similarities between Australian design law and that in the EU, the Australian system (“The Commonwealth of Australia’s Designs Act 2003”) has been somewhat outdated in comparison. For example: No grace period was available to designers. No prior user exemption to infringement was available. No right of an exclusive licensee to […]
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The Schlich Team
Our clients expect and receive a responsive, friendly, high quality and great value service thanks to our experienced professionals. Our UK and European Patent Attorneys and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys have a broad range of scientific and technical degrees and Ph.Ds from top UK Universities, and have decades of experience advising at cutting edge of legal and commercial issues and technologies.
We build on our deep experience of prosecution and inter partes proceedings to give the best strategic and practical advice, and to secure the best patent and trade mark protection for our clients’ innovations. Our team does this efficiently, and in a friendly and clear manner, supported by a wider team of highly skilled and experienced legal support staff.
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Choice IP and the PCT Network have merged, forming Azami Global. They have named Schlich in their list of the top 100 member firms.
Simon has acted for a range of clients, from US multinational companies to UK academic organisations and SMEs and so has a diverse perspective. He is thus able to tailor his advice to a variety of...
In the spring of 2020, George co-founded South Strand Community Toilets Limited, with the aim of taking over the toilet block lease from the local authority to save them from imminent closure. The...