Intellectual property news and updates

EU patent breakthrough

After a 30 year deadlock, the European Union is one step closer to a common European patent after EU ministers voted on Monday to allow 25 EU member states to establish a unitary patent system.

London Agreement - four years on

The Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the European Patent Convention, more commonly referred to as the London Agreement, entered into force on 1 May 2008.

Mexico joins the Madrid Protocol

On 19 November 2012 Mexico became the latest country to accede to the Madrid Protocol governing the International Registration of trade marks.

Apple vs Samsung – Are registered designs worth it?

The UK Court of Appeal recently confirmed the first instance decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablet does not infringe Apple’s rights in the EU because the Samsung design is “not as cool” as Apple’s.

Indian Patent Law - Beware Section 8

The rise of India as a budding economic and technical power has resulted in a large number of patent applications being filed in India in recent years. Recent statistics show that over 65% of patent applications filed in India name a foreign applicant.

Another glowing review for Wilson Gunn

Wilson Gunn has, once again, been recognised as one of the UK’s leading patent and trade mark practices, having been included in the 2013 edition of prestigious legal directory Chambers & Partners.

New “Small Claims” track at the UK Patents County Court

A “small claims” track was officially launched at the UK Patents County Court (PCC), on 1st October.

Wilson Gunn advising clients on Patent Box

Wilson Gunn is advising clients on the Patent Box scheme, a tax relief scheme that the UK Government will be phasing in from 1 April 2013.

Google adds European Patent data, and a Prior Art Finder service, to Google Patents

For many years anyone wishing to undertake searches of the full text of European patents has had to use commercial, and often expensive, patent searching software, or the European Patent Office’s own Espacenet search database.

The Wilson Gunn team expands

The team at Wilson Gunn has expanded with the recruitment of a Senior Associate, Ben Appleton; and two new graduate trainees Matthew Baines and Annabel Williams.

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