Podcasts & Webinars


Beck Greener Looking Closer:  Employee-Inventor Wins £2 million Compensation!

In Beck Greener’s first podcast, Looking Closer, Partners Avi Freeman and Jonathan Markham discuss the subject of employee-inventor compensation. This is in light of the recent UK Supreme Court decision, Unilever v Shanks [2019] UKSC 45.  In the decision, only the second successful UK case of its type, Professor Shanks was awarded £2 million in compensation from his former employer, Unilever. The discussion covers how courts are to decide if an invention provides outstanding benefit to the inventor’s employer and how to determine the inventor’s right to compensation if it does.

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Beck Greener Trade Mark Webinar – Use Requirements in the EU - 12 July 2017

In this webinar, our trade mark team provided an analysis of which marks parties should rely upon in opposition and cancellation proceedings in the EU, bearing in mind the often misunderstood use requirement in the EU.  Particular attention was paid to the EUIPO’s seemingly unique approach requiring use be shown if one owns earlier registrations on which one is not relying in the subject proceedings in certain circumstances.

Key cases:

  • PATHFINDER (Case R 1785/2008-4 (OHIM Fourth Board of Appeal Nov. 15, 2011)
  • Kabelplus AG v. GROUPE CANAL+, SA & CANAL+ FRANCE, Société Anonyme à Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance, Case R 1260/2013-2 (OHIM Second Board of Appeal Feb. 13, 2014)

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2016 in review - case law from the UK Courts & EPO Boards of Appeal - Tuesday 31 January 2017

In this webinar, partners Avi Freeman and Jon Markham reviewed the important cases from the UK courts and the EPO Boards of Appeal in 2016.

Highlights from the UK Courts included:

  • the law relating to indirect infringement in Actavis v Eli Lilly
  • the interpretation of Swiss claims in the Lyrica series of judgments
  • the latest cases on construction, novelty and obviousness.

Highlights from the EPO Boards of Appeal included:

  • the latest decisions on poisonous divisionals, inventive step and EPO procedure.

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