Intellectual property news and updates

The EU Trade Secrets Directive

We look at how the EU Trade Secrets Directive will impact upon the member states of the EU and how far trade secrets go to protecting innovations.

The End for Poisonous Divisionals and Priorities in Europe?

We reflect on the recent decision taken by the European Patent Office affecting priority claims.

Unified Patent Court - An Update

Our update on the latest developments of the Unified Patent Court in relation to Italy becoming the 12th country to ratify the UPCA.

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…

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…

Changes to UK Patent Rules – 1 October 2016

An overview of the changes to UK patent rules which will be introduced on 1 October 2016.

UK patent law changes to benefit applicants

The UK government published a consultation on 29 February 2016, seeking views on a package of proposed amendments to the current Patents Rules. The proposals, eleven in total, aim to simplify detailed aspects of UK patents legislation, to provide greater clarity and to reduce the burden on businesses by taking account of modern working practices…

The Digital Era: Protecting Mobile Apps

Partner, David Slattery, discusses how to protect Mobile Apps.

UKIPO alert regarding new renewal scam

Wilson Gunn discuss the renewal scam that has been causing chaos for the UKIPO

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