Intellectual property news and updates

New test for patent infringement in the UK

The UK Supreme Court's judgment in Actavis v Eli Lilly delivers the most significant change in the law of patent infringement in the last decade.

Sights set overseas?

We provide a number of key points that should be considered when seeking patent, trade mark and design protection abroad.

World IP Day - Manchester's significant innovations

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, we have put together a list of some of Manchester's greatest innovative achievements.

World IP Day - Birmingham's significant innovations

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, we have put together a list of some of Birmingham's greatest innovative achievements.

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…

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