Intellectual property news and updates

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Advertising Standards Agency fights against misleading Trade Mark and Patent adverts

Advertising Standards Authority finds against ‘The Trademark Office Limited’ trading as ‘Patent & Trademark Office’.

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a new body set up in September 2013 to specifically target online piracy, counterfeit goods and other kinds of IP crime. Click here to find out more.

Rule 36 EPC will change from 1 April 2014

After consultations between the European Patent Office and the patent profession, the change to Rule 36 EPC has been repealed within just 4 years and will change from April.

Islamic Republic of Iran joins the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become a member of the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT). All new PCT applications filed on or after 4 October 2013 will automatically designate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The PCC gets a re-brand – but has anything else changed?

On 1 October 2013, the Patents County Court (PCC) was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). So, why the change, and what do you need to know?

An open letter to Europe

With only a few days left before the 1 October deadline for public submissions, a coalition of worldwide multinationals including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Blackberry and Google, have last night sent an open letter commenting on the proposed rules of procedure for the new Unified Patent Court in Europe.

‘Superfast’ UK patent applications – not so super

Concluding that there could be a risk to the quality of UK patents granted under such a scheme, the UK Government has decided not to implement the proposed 'superfast' service.

Utility models: an important alternative to patents or an irrelevance?

Utility models, short term patents, petty patents, innovation patents, utility certificates – the names may be unfamiliar to you, but they all relate to a form of IP right which is under-utilised, and there are many businesses that could benefit from them.

Saudi Arabia’s accession to the PCT

On 3 May 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 147th contracting state. The Treaty entered in to force on 3 August 2013. The result is that all new PCT applications filed on or after 3 August 2013 now automatically designate Saudi Arabia.

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