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TWO (MORE) REASONS WHY TRADE MARK SEARCHING IN THE UK IS IMPORTANT

It is well known that carrying out trade mark searching before filing for or trading…

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BACK TO BASICS | INTERNATIONAL TRADE MARK STRATEGY

PROTECTION CONFERRED BY REGISTERED TRADE MARK RIGHTS IS COUNTRY/REGION SPECIFIC. HOW CAN YOU ENSURE THAT…

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UPC: Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

After much delay the European Unitary Patent and Unified Court are back on track. Our…

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PRIORITY – STILL A CHALLENGE AT THE EPO

The issue of how to correctly claim priority for a European patent application is one…

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THE UNITARY PATENT

This article is part of our series on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents Court.…

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UPC: HOW WILL THE NEW COURT WORK?

This is part of our series of articles on the UPC.  We have outlined the…

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UPC: I MIGHT BE AN INFRINGER!

This is part of our series of articles on the UPC.    Elsewhere, we have…

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UPC: IMPACT ON LICENSEES

This is part of our series of articles on the UPC.  Elsewhere, we have outlined the…

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UPC: THE “OPT OUT” – TAKING EXISTING PATENTS OUT OF UPC JURISDICTION

This is part of our series of articles on the UPC. Here, we consider the…

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UPC: WHAT IS THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT?

This is part of our series of articles on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents…

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IP Access Fund Grants

Up to £5,000 Available Under the UKIPO’s IP Access Fund

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How to make the most of the Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), which first started operating over fifteen years ago, is a…

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CHOOSING IN WHICH COUNTRIES TO FILE PATENT APPLICATIONS: A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS

INTRODUCTION  Patents are national rights that give the owner the opportunity to prevent others from exploiting the patented invention in…

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OPPOSITIONS AT THE EPO

WHAT IS OPPOSITION? According to the European Patent Convention (EPC), within 9 months from grant…

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Last call to apply for UK rights from pending EUTM applications and designs

Deadline: 30 September 2021 As most IP owners will be aware, following the UK’s exit…

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ViCo, Yes or No?

First Enlarged Board of Appeal Referral of 2021 In the first accepted referral of 2021,…

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PATENTING DIGITAL & SOFTWARE INVENTIONS IN EUROPE

It is generally known that patenting digital and software inventions can be difficult in a…

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BREXIT – Applications for Customs Action (AFAs)

An application for customs action (also known as an “Application for Action” or “AFA”) is…

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GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS – IMPACT OF BREXIT

The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. Amongst the IP rights that will…

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UNREGISTERED DESIGNS AND BREXIT

The UK has left the European Union and is currently in a transition period which…

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Impact of Brexit on Trade Mark Rights and Ongoing Proceedings

The transition to the UK’s exit from the EU is due to end on 31 December…

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BREXIT UPDATE – RENEWAL FEES

After the end of the transition period, EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) and Designs (RCDs), including…

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Priority at the EPO

AT THE EPO, THE “ALL APPLICANTS APPROACH” TO PRIORITY TRUMPS US LAW ON INVENTORSHIP The…

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BACK TO BASICS | DO YOU OWN THE RIGHTS TO YOUR INVENTION?

Lack of clarity of ownership or an inability to demonstrate chain of title can cause…

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CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUYING AND SELLING IP

A survey and searches are considered essential before buying a house; in the same way,…

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SUFFICIENCY AND PLAUSIBILITY IN EUROPE

In our recent webinar we discussed whether you need data to file a patent application…

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An introduction to the Patent Classification System

Intellectual Property offices use classification systems to classify inventions into technology areas. Here we explain…

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How to obtain a granted patent quickly

The patent system is renowned for being slow and it can take several years before…

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Plant Sciences Patents – an Update

In this update we consider recent developments in the plant field. We look at Enlarged…

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EU AND UK REGISTERED DESIGNS – HINTS AND TIPS

Guidance on requirements and options to be considered before filing a UK or EU design.…

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BACK TO BASICS | UK TRADE MARK OPPOSITION PROCEEDINGS

Opposition term A UK trade mark application (or UK designation of an international registration) may…

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EPO HINTS AND TIPS: DEVICE CLAIMS

European Patent Office (EPO) examiners have an approach to assessing device (or apparatus) claims that…

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PATENTABILITY IN THE LIFE SCIENCES IN EUROPE

The applicable law for the grant of a European patent via the EPO is the European…

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Back to Basics | Plant Variety Protection in Europe

European patent law specifically excludes plant varieties from patent protection. Protection for plant varieties is…

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RENEWAL FEE DEADLINE DEFERRAL AT THE EPO

POSSIBILITY OF DEFERRING RENEWAL FEE PAYMENT WITHOUT INCURRING ADDITIONAL FEES In response to the disruption…

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BACK TO BASICS | PATENT PRIORITY

An introduction to patent priority. We explore the nature of priority rights, how they can…

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Back to Basics – Trade mark Classification

UNDERSTANDING WHAT A REGISTERED TRADE MARK COVERS AND WHY YOU SHOULD THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE…

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EBA SAYS NO TO PATENTING PLANTS AND ANIMALS

ACCORDING TO G3/19, PLANTS AND ANIMALS OBTAINED BY ESSENTIALLY BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES ARE NOT PATENTABLE The Enlarged…

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BACK TO BASICS | WHAT MAKES UP A PATENT SPECIFICATION?

WHERE TO START WHEN READING A PATENT SPECIFICATION OR REVIEWING A SPECIFICATION PREPARED FOR YOUR…

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BACK TO BASICS | TRADE MARK SEARCHING

LAUNCHING A NEW BRAND? WHY SEARCHING FOR THIRD PARTY RIGHTS FIRST IS CRUCIAL. Prior to…

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IP Audits

Uncover Your Hidden Assets with a Government Funded IP Audit

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BACK TO BASICS | PATENTS

Patentability, why and when to patent.

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BACK TO BASICS | INTRODUCTION TO DESIGNS

Design rights protect the appearance of a product, and can be a valuable asset in…

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EXTENSION OF DEADLINES ON IP CASES IN VIEW OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Provisions in place for extension of deadlines at the European Patent Office, as well as…

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BACK TO BASICS | TRADE MARKS

Here we provide guidance on the types of brands that can be registered and how…

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NO UK IN UPC

THE UK WILL NOT BE INVOLVED IN THE EU’S UNIFIED PATENT COURT On 27th February 2020,…

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Getting Priority right – a summary

The ability of a party filing a patent application to “claim priority” from the filing…

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SPCs and Combination Products

The UK Court of Appeal applies the CJEU decision to Gilead’s Truvada Supplementary Protection Certificate.…

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BREAKING NEWS – European Priority Law Maintained at EPO Board of Appeal CRISPR Hearing

Members of our Life Sciences team have been at the European Patent Office (EPO) in…

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UKIPO Says No to NOSECCO

The UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected a trade mark application for a bottle label…

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