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Developments in Patents and Trademarks - Putting IP Protection on the Global Map

In order to protect the large financial commitment made to research and development, it is important for companies, whether large or small, to control and protect their intellectual property on an international level. Several treaties and agreements exist to allow the filing of single patent and trademark applications that, when granted, may cover more than one country. There have recently been major changes in four of these agreements - namely the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT); the European Patent Convention (EPC); the Community Trademark Regulation (CTMR); and the Protocol on the Madrid Agreement (Madrid Protocol) - which will make it simpler to obtain international protection for intellectual property rights.

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By Adrian Tombling, Partner and Rachel Wallis, an Associate at Withers & Rogers

Adrian Tombling is a Partner at Withers & Rogers' London office. He is a chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications worldwide in the fields of biotechnology and chemistry. He also has extensive experience of opposition and appeal procedures before the European Patent Office. Adrian lectures clients and other patent attorneys on patenting issues in biotechnology and is also a tutor for the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office.

Rachel Wallis is an Associate at Withers & Rogers' London office, and is a part-qualified Patent Attorney. Rachel joined the firm in 2000 and works predominantly in the biotechnology and chemical fields. She assists Adrian in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications throughout the world. Rachel is presently awaiting the results of examinations taken to qualify as a Patent Attorney.

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