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By Simon Bentley
The UK has joined the Geneva Act under the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs ("Hague Agreement") with effect from 13th June 2018.
By Danielle Cooksley
An IP audit is a comprehensive review, carried out by an IP professional, of a business's existing IP assets, including patents, trade secrets, trade marks, designs and copyright.
By Tom Turner
European Union and UK Registered Designs provide protection for the appearance of a product, including its shape ...
By Tim Hewson
On 26 April 2018, the United Kingdom ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement.
By Simon Haslam
There are small increases to the basic application, search and examination fees, and Year 12-20 renewal fees.
By Simon Bentley
The Treaty is still subject to change but its terms would currently result in the effects discussed below for EU trade marks and designs in the UK after Brexit.
By Rebecca Atkins
EU Trade Marks can now be represented in any appropriate format using generally available technology.
By Simon Bentley
The draft Treaty (found here) is very wide-ranging but includes a specific section relating to its proposals for the treatment of certain types of Intellectual ...
By Simon Haslam
The European Patent Office has a reputation for being very strict when assessing whether an amendment has basis in the application as filed
By Matthew Fletcher
The inclusion of a disclaimer, where subject matter is carved out from the scope of a patent claim by means of a negative feature is not explicitly allowed for in the European Patent Convention (EPC).
By Matthew Fletcher
On 1 February 2017 the Board of Appeal of the EPO upheld the revocation of Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) patent for anti-cancer drug dasatinib due to a lack of inventive step.
By Tim Hewson
The Unified Patent Court, Unitary Patent and Brexit all present IP holders with challenges and opportunities. Proper planning will help in overcoming the challenges and exploiting the opportunities presented.
By Rebecca Atkins
In March 2016 we reported on the various changes to the European Union Trade Mark Regulation, many of which came into force on 23 March 2016.
By Rebecca Atkins
In March 2016 we reported on the various changes to the European Union Trade Mark Regulation, many of which came into force on 23 March 2016.
By Simon Bentley
At the moment, no-one can be certain about the effect of Brexit on trade marks or the transitional arrangements that will be put in place.