Intellectual property news and updates

Sugar and Reformulation – IP opportunities

In 2018 the 'Sugar Tax' will come into effect, we examine how this could effect the food and drink industry and how changes to recipes could require IP protection.

IP Audits Plus - Funding from UKIPO

SMEs can apply now for funding towards an audit of their intellectual property via the UK Intellectual Property Office’s IP Audits Plus service.

Uptake of the Patent Box

HMRC has released a report on statistics on the uptake of the Patent Box for the first full financial year that the Patent Box was in effect, 2013/2014. The Patent Box is a tax relief scheme that allows companies to pay a lower rate of Corporation Tax on profits derived from patented inventions. The figures are broken down by company size…

UK to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

It was confirmed by a government spokesperson yesterday afternoon that the UK will “proceed with preparations” to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). Ratification of the UPCA is needed to realise the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC). Under these new systems, businesses will be able to protect and enforce their…

Autumn Statement 2016

Following the Chancellor, Philip Hammond’s, first Autumn Statement yesterday, we take a look at some of the announcements likely to impact innovation and intellectual property in the UK. Patent Box Rules The government will publish draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2017 on Monday 5 December 2016 which will ‘add specific provisions’…

Rubik's Cube Loses Trade Mark Protection

The Rubik’s Cube has provided challenges to children and adults alike for decades, and is still the bestselling toy of all time. However, it has just lost a 10-year legal battle when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that its shape was not sufficient to grant it protection from copycat versions. In 1999, the UK company which oversees…

A recipe for success

Earlier this month our Senior Associate, Chris McDonald, presented at the ‘Food & Beverage, Law & IP Summit’ on patent protection for recipes and product formats. This article is a brief overview of his presentation. There is some doubt within industry regarding patenting of recipes or product formats; whether it’s possible…

Brexit - Triggering Article 50

Earlier this month three High Court judges ruled that Parliament must vote on whether Article 50 can be triggered, the first step to the UK formally exiting the European Union. This decision prevents the UK government from triggering Article 50, and therefore beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU, without the support of MPs and peers…

Wilson Gunn 3rd largest UK Trade Mark filer

We are delighted to announce that we have been named third in the list of ‘Top 100 UK Trade Mark Filers’ published this month by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Based on the number of UK Trade Mark filings over the 2015 calendar year, Wilson Gunn has moved up the rankings in the annual research from 5th in 2015 to 3rd in 2016. Michael…

Changes to Trade Mark Law in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands has published the new Trade Marks Bill 2016, which introduces major changes to its trade mark laws. The commencement date is yet to be announced, but it is expected to enter into force in early 2017. The bill introduces independent national laws for the application and registration of trade marks in the Cayman Islands, thus…

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