Guidance

Requests for opinions: 2014

Information about opinions requests we have received this year.

Overview

The table below shows information about opinion requests we have received in 2014 and what stage each request has reached.

For example, you can see whether:

  • you can file observations on a request or whether the period for doing so has expired
  • we have issued an opinion
  • the person who filed the request has withdrawn it
  • we have refused a request for an opinion. Where we’ve issued a decision refusing the request, you can view this in our decisions database

Further information

If you would like more information about a particular request please contact us by:

  • telephone: +44 (0)16 3381 1441 or +44(0)16 3381 4335
  • fax: +44(0)16 3381 4491
  • email: opinions@ipo.gov.uk

2014 requests

Opinion number Patent/SPC number, title and owner Requester and request date Issue (Infringement and/or Validity) Observations deadline Outcome
31/14 EP0837681

Use of 19-nor-vitamin D compounds for the prevention of hyperphosphatemia in kidney disorder patients

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Pharmathen

24 December 2014
Infringement 28 January 2015 Opinion issued 3 March 2015

Opinion 31/14 (PDF, 183KB, 7 pages)
30/14 GB2466994

Flexible messaging

Henry McGuire
Semitel Limited

19 December 2014
Infringement 20 January 2015 Opinion issued 18 March 2015

Opinion 30/14 (PDF, 218KB, 8 pages)
29/14 GB2499172

A method for combined cleaning and plugging in a well

Hydra Systems AS
Archer Oil Tools AS

18 December 2014
Validity 19 January 2015 Opinion issued 16 March 2015

Opinion 29/14 (PDF, 449KB, 13 pages)
28/14 EP1738030

Pallet rack impact protector

Rack Armour Limited
Franks & Co Limited

21 November 2014
Infringement 24 December 2014 Opinion issued 18 February 2015

Opinion 28/14 (PDF, 436KB, 8 pages)
27/14 GB2498499

System for providing improved facilities in time-shifted broadcasts

Cachebox TV Limited
Cachebox TV Limited

18 November 2014
Infringement 19 December 2014 Opinion issued 10 February 2015

Opinion 27/14 (PDF, 126KB, 7 pages)
26/14 GB2436776

Power transfer

Duncan James Parfitt
Duncan James Parfit

14 November 2014
Validity 12 January 2015 Opinion issued 9 February 2015

Opinion 26/14 (PDF, 336KB, 9 pages)
25/14 GB2497956

Energy recovery system

J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited
Abel & Imray

13 November 2014
Validity 16 December 2014 Opinion issued 11 February 2015

Opinion 25/14 (PDF, 671KB, 18 pages)
24/14 GB2327340

An applicator for lotions

Synlatex Limited
Louise Ferguson

12 November 2014
Infringement 11 December 2014 Opinion issued 9 February 2015

Opinion 24/14 (PDF, 435KB, 6 pages)
23/14 GB2493904

Apparatus for providing electrical stimulation to a subject

Actegy Limited
Marks & Clerk LLP

24 October 2014
Validity 25 November 2014 Opinion issued 21 January 2015

Opinion 23/14 (PDF, 184KB, 9 pages)
22/14 EP1196354

Biological nutrient removal using "The Olaopa Process"

Tox Olaopa
Tox Olaopa

17 October 2014
Infringement 28 November 2014 Opinion issued 14 January 2015

Opinion 22/14 (PDF, 379KB, 9 pages)
21/14 GB2495158

Proximity alarm for an aerial lift (truncated title)

Safety Zone Ltd
Franks & Co (South) Ltd

15 October 2014
Infringement 25 November 2014 Opinion issued 18 December 2014

Opinion 21/14 (PDF, 486KB, 7 pages)
20/14 EP1062631

Identifying golf balls

World Golf Systems Limited
Norman Matheson Lindsay

2 October 2014
Validity 4 November 2014 Request withdrawn 18 November 2014
19/14 GB2491361

Magnetic filter apparatus

Neil Johnson
Neil Johnson

3 October 2014
Infringement 31 October 2014 Opinion issued 15 December 2014

Opinion 19/14 (PDF, 178KB, 6 pages)
18/14 GB2477744

Aluminium - copper alloy for casting

Aeromet International PLC
Tital GmbH

2 September 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 3 October 2014 Opinion issued 1 December 2014

Opinion 18/14 (PDF, 141KB, 8 pages)
17/14 GB2446670

Inspection method

Flexlife Limited
Abel & Imray

18 July 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 20 August 2014 Opinion issued 10 November 2014

Opinion 17/14 (PDF, 219KB, 7 pages)
16/14 EP0951393

Continuous inkjet printer

Domino Printing Services PLC
Williams Powell

27 June 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 30 July 2014 Opinion issued 25 September 2014

Opinion 16/14 (PDF, 506KB, 10 pages)
15/14 GB2453569

Purge tee assembly

Radius Systems Limited
National Grid Gas plc

23 June 2014
Infringement 23 July 2014 Opinion issued 11 September 2014

Opinion 15/14 (PDF, 224KB, 10 pages)
14/14 GB2447281

Method of domestic rubbish decompotsition reduction

Susie Lind
Susie Lind

6 June 2014
Infringement 23 July 2014 Opinion issued 4 September 2014

Opinion 14/14 (PDF, 344KB, 7 pages)
13/14 GB2332376

Fencing systems and upright thereof

Anglian and Midland Sports Surfaces
J B Corrie

14 May 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 13 June 2014 Opinion issued 1 August 2014

Opinion 13/14 (PDF, 246KB, 11 pages)
12/14 GB2459372

An article and a method of making an article

Zirotec IP Limited
Gill Jennings & Every LLP

1 May 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 6 June 2014 Opinion issued 30 July 2014

Opinion 12/14 (PDF, 169KB, 15 pages)
11/14 GB2426615

Proximity key with alarm function

Charles Richard Whiteman, Conor O'Reilly
Charles Richard Whiteman, Conor O'Reilly

13 May 2014
Infringement 11 June 2014 Opinion issued 6 August 2014

Opinion 11/14 (PDF, 107KB, 3 pages)
10/14 GB2385340

Improvements in or relating to staircases

George Owen
George Owen Ltd

14 April 2014
Infringement 14 May 2014 Opinion issued 10 July 2014

Opinion 10/14 (PDF, 462KB, 8 pages)
09/14 GB2496700

A connector

Balltec Limited
Flinstone Technology Limited

10 April 2014
Novelty/Inventive Step 13 May 2014 Opinion issued 4 July 2014

Opinion 09/14 (PDF, 292KB, 8 pages)
08/14 EP1026645

Alarms

R. Stahl Schaltgeräte GmbH
European Safety Systems Limited

7 April 2014
Infringement 9 May 2014 Opinion issued 3 July 2014

Opinion 08/14 (PDF, 290KB, 8 pages)
07/14 GB2385340

Imrovements in or relating to staircases

George Owen
George Owen Limited

21 March 2014
Infringement 22 April 2014 Request withdrawn 8 April 2014
06/14 EP1579399

Surveillance Device

Viseum (UK) Limited
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP Novelty/inventive step 1 April 2014 Opinion issued 14 May 2014

Opinion 06/14 (PDF, 156KB, 9 pages)
05/14 GB2491421

Mobile light tower

David Gary Timmins Paul Michael Jones
David Gary Timmins Paul Michael Jones

25 February 2014
Infringement 31 March 2014 Opinion issued 23 May 2014

Opinion 05/14 (PDF, 109KB, 5 pages)
04/14 GB2491525

Autonomous heated interlining

Michael Benn Rothschild
Michael Benn Rothschild

17 February 2014
Infringement 18 March 2014 Opinion issued 9 April 2014

Opinion 04/14 (PDF, 169KB, 5 pages)
03/14 GB2498297

Anti-vandal system for plant

Clint Martin
Clint Martin

22 January 2014
Infringement 21 February 2014 Opinion issued 15 April 2014

Opinion 03/14 (PDF, 429KB, 6 pages)
02/14 EP2440171

Infant feeding apparatus

Dongguan Kidsme Trading Company Limited
Handby Baby Products Limited

07 January 2014
Infringement 10 February 2014 Opinion issued 20 March 2014

Opinion 02/14 (PDF, 148KB, 6 pages)
01/14 EP2194807

Flexible panel pitcher with curved divider

Michael L. McGinley
Clevamama Unit A7

07 January 2014
Infringement 06 February 2014 Opinion issued 4 April 2014

Opinion 01/14 (PDF, 140KB, 4 pages)

Pre 2014 requests

Opinion requests received during previous years can be found on the National archives website.

Published 23 September 2014
Last updated 19 March 2015 + show all updates
  1. Final opinion for 30/14 (GB2466994) added.
  2. Final opinion for 29/14 added.
  3. Opinion outcome 31/14 added.
  4. Opinion outcome 28/14 added.
  5. Opinion outcome 25/14 added.
  6. Opinion outcome 27/14 added.
  7. Opinion outcome 24/14 and 26/14 added.
  8. Opinion outcome 23/14 updated.
  9. Opinion outcome 22/14 added.
  10. Opinion 31/14 added
  11. Opinion 30/14 added.
  12. Opinion 29/14 (GB2499172) added.
  13. Opinion 21/14 outcome added
  14. Final opinion number 19/14 published.
  15. Opinion 26/14 (GB2436776) added.
  16. An outcome has been published for opinion number 18/14
  17. Opinion number 28/14 (EP1738030) added.
  18. Opinion number 20/14 was requested to be withdrawn on 18 November 2014.
  19. Opinion number 27/14 (GB2498499) added.
  20. Opinion number 25/14 (GB2497956) added.
  21. Opinion number 24/14 issued for GB2327340
  22. Opinion number 17/14 published.
  23. Opinion 22/14 (EP1196354) added.
  24. Opinions 21/14 (GB2495158) and 23/14 (GB2493904) added.
  25. Opinion 21/14 (GB2495158) added.
  26. Opinion 20/14 added.
  27. Opinion number 19/14 (GB2491361) published.
  28. First published.