Intellectual property news and updates

Google wants to buy your patents (maybe)

A few days ago, Google announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. As part of the ‘experiment’, the tech giant is inviting patent owners to offer their patents for sale to Google at a fixed price. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell…

Technology giants battle over patent license payments

Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson, has been engaged in a battle over patent license payments with US technology giant, Apple, in the United States. This battle has now found its way into Europe with Ericsson claiming that, "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place." Ericsson…

When is an African patent a European Patent?

European patents extended to Morocco An agreement has been reached between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government that European patents are able to be extended to Morocco. As of 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request a designation for Morocco against the payment of a fee (€240…

Casting a rod into the overseas market, Wilson Gunn reels in Chinese business

This month, Wilson Gunn Partner James Robey visited Wuhan, China with UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government’s body that promotes exporting. Along with a number of other Northwest businesses, James attended a range of events tied to the opening of a new British Consulate General in the city. Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province…

Changes to the patent box – time to act

The UK’s Patent Box tax relief scheme has been greatly welcomed by innovative British businesses as a means of reducing their corporation tax bill, but it is set to change. Generally speaking, the relief reduces corporation tax payable on patented products to 10%. The relief has been available on profits made after 1 April 2013, so many…

EPO appeal board clarifies approach where a UK company party to proceedings ceases to exist, but is later reinstated

A notice of opposition was filed against EP1058580 B1 by Formalities Bureau Limited (FBL), a Company incorporated under the laws of the UK. While opposition proceedings were still pending, FBL was struck off the Register and therefore ceased to exist. Nevertheless, opposition proceedings in the name of FBL were continued, and following an…

Update on Patentability of Unfertilised Human Ova

In a recent decision dated 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that unfertilised human ova whose further development has been stimulated by parthenogenesis (known as ‘parthenotes’) are patentable. This judgement is based on the decision that parthenotes are not considered to be human embryos. If parthenotes…

UK Patent Law Changes on 1st October 2014

There have been a number of changes to the UK Patent Law, including with regard to Web marking, Experimental use exception, and expansion of the Intellectual Property Office's Patent Opinions Service.

Wilson Gunn Strengthens Team

Our team continues to expand as we welcome three new recruits to Wilson Gunn. New associate, Sarah Dacre, and trainee, Agnes Chu, join our trade marks team and new associate, Neal Pollock, joins our patents team. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and a fresh perspective.

Crowdfunding and the importance of patents

Crowdfunding can be a useful tool for fundraising when starting a new business. However, where inventions are concerned, you might need to file a patent application first.

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