Intellectual property news and updates

Patent developments between Europe and North Africa

A review of changes agreements between Europe and Africa in facilitating Patent law

Raising the bar – New Zealand enters the competition

from 13 September 2014 New Zealand will introduce new measures to improve the standard of its patents

EU patent legislation: Your Government needs your views

UK Intellectual Property Office launches public consultation on how the new unitary patent EU Regulations and the Unified Patent Court Agreement should be implemented in the UK.

New Senior Associate joins patents team

Wilson Gunn are pleased to announce that we have expanded our patents team by appointing experienced Chartered and European Patent Attorney Mark Jolly as a Senior Associate.

Can you afford not to protect your intellectual property?

Many UK SMEs are unaware of their intellectual property rights, with most failing to take advantage of benefits arising from their valuable IP assets. We help to summarise some IP options.

Changes to rule 164 EPC: unity of invention and further searches

From 1 November 2014 the European Patent Office will allow additional searches for European regional phase patent applications (Euro-PCT applications) that are found to lack unity of invention.

European Patent Office official fees increase from 1 April 2014

From 1 April 2014 most official fees payable in respect of European patent applications will increase. Fees paid before 1 April can be paid at the current rate.

Wilson Gunn’s client forces hosepipe ban on competitors

Wilson Gunn has been instrumental in obtaining a UK High Court judgement for its client Blue Gentian, LLC which confirms that its key expandable hosepipe patent is both valid and infringed by one of its major competitors, Tristar Products, Inc.

Clearing the decks

Wilson Gunn has been successful in securing a declaration of non-infringement for its client Tek-Dek Ltd in relation to a European patent in the UK in the name of Flexiteek International A/S.

EPO to introduce additional fees for filing divisional patent applications

The EPO has amended Rules 36, 38 and 135 EPC which deal with the requirements for filing divisional patent applications. This will enter into force on 1st April 2014.

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