Intellectual property news and updates

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.

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.

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