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APRIL 2024

Welcome to Mathys Matters - your monthly update from Mathys & Squire, covering all the recent intellectual property and sector news/updates throughout April! 

This month we’re shining a spotlight on the Unified Patent Court’s (UPC) ruling on access to evidence and pleadings in the now settled Ocado v Autostore dispute.

Our latest articles throughout April include: Mathys & Squire’s World IP Day celebration, a discussion about the potential implications of G1/23, a welcome to our new Partner in the Munich office, and a summary of the EC’s communication about boosting the biotechnology industry.

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 UPC releases pleadings to the public, but questions remain -


The Court of Appeal of the UPC has now ruled that a member of the public can have access to the evidence and pleadings in the now settled Ocado v Autostore dispute. However, obiter comments in the Court’s decision mean there are still outstanding questions about the Court’s commitment to openness and transparency.

On 10 April 2024, the UPC Court of Appeal finally issued a decision permitting a member of the public to have sight of the evidence and pleadings which had been filed by Ocado in a case brought by Ocado against Autostore.

In this article, Partners Nicholas Fox and Alexander Robinson give an insight into the implications of the Court of Appeal’s ruling. Commentary by Nicholas has also been featured in Law360 and World IP Review.

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Mathys & Squire celebrates World IP Day 2024: IP and the SDGs

26 April 2024

To celebrate World IP Day this year, Mathys & Squire hosted a drinks reception in our Shard offices, which involved a fascinating panel discussion on green technology and IP with Martin Atkins, Jim Shaikh, Jordan Berkowitz and Partner Chris Hamer moderated by Partner Michael Stott. Our panellists discussed various topics related to the green technology sector, including the challenges in protecting IP rights, effective strategies for commercialising innovations while ensuring sustainability and scalability, investment and partnerships, IP licensing, and emerging trends and technologies.

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Will G1/23 introduce an “on-sale bar” at the EPO?

23 April 2024 

Recent Enlarged Board of Appeal referral, G1/23, seeks to obtain clarity on when a product, or published technical information relating to such a product, can be considered to be state of the art, depending on the degree to which the composition and internal structure of the product may be analysed and reproduced. However, one potential consequence of a decision on the referral could be to introduce an “on-sale bar” type exclusion from patentability, as applied by the USPTO. In this article, Partner Michael Stott discusses the decision and its potential impact on IP and commercialisation strategy.

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Mathys & Squire announces the appointment of a new Partner in Munich

19 April 2024 

Mathys & Squire is delighted to welcome a new Partner into our Munich office, Dr. Matthias Brittinger. Matthias brings with him 20 years of experience in the IP field. He joins from Müller Hoffmann & Partner, a boutique IP law firm in Munich. He has a breadth of expertise working across various technologies, including significant experience working on standard essential patents (SEPs) related to telecommunications, processor, and codec technology. Commentary by Matthias and Partner Andreas Wietzke was featured in The Patent Lawyer and Solicitors Journal.

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Building the future with nature: Boosting biotechnology and biomanufacturing in the EU

27 March 2024

In a display of the importance of the biotechnology industry to the European economy, the European Commission (EC) last week announced actions being taken within the EC’s strategy for boosting this industry across the continent. Details are outlined in the official EC Communication on “Building the future with nature." In this article, Associate Lionel Newton summarises the key takeaways of the EC's communication, focusing on the streamlining of regulatory pathways, the use of AI tools and data moving forwards, and the importance of IP in the industry.

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Webinar: Innovative Ventures – Navigating IP in UK and UAE Business Landscapes

8 May 2024 | Online


Join Mathys & Squire Partners Paul Cozens and Andrew White, Head of Consulting, Brian More, and Ahmad Saleh for an exclusive webinar which will provide a deep dive into the intricate world of IP within the dynamic business landscapes of the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. From dissecting the general business landscape to uncovering the myriad benefits of intellectual property, we will delve into the nuances of IP regimes, including discussions on protection, enforcement, incentive taxation, and the patent box system.

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Mathys & Squire will be in Boston for LSPN North America 2024

8 - 9 May 2024 | Boston


Partners Alexander Robinson, Hazel Ford, James Pitchford and Stephen Garner will be attending LSPN North America Spring 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. They will be there to discuss the latest challenges in protecting innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

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Mathys & Squire will be at INTA 2024

18 - 22 May 2024 | Atlanta


Mathys & Squire will be attending INTA 2024, which will take place between 18-22 May in Atlanta, Georgia. Our team, comprising Helen Cawley, Chris Hamer, Gary Johnston, Rebecca Tew and Andreas Wietzke will be ready and on site to discuss trade marks, patents, and designs, as well as provide expertise on IP strategy and valuation. 

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