Intellectual property news and updates

Fast track for patents in China

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have signed an important Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) allowing the examination of patent applications in China to be fast tracked.

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Advertising Standards Agency fights against misleading Trade Mark and Patent adverts

Advertising Standards Authority finds against ‘The Trademark Office Limited’ trading as ‘Patent & Trademark Office’.

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a new body set up in September 2013 to specifically target online piracy, counterfeit goods and other kinds of IP crime. Click here to find out more.

Dr. Beckmann can take a punch

Punch Industries loses appeal after opposing trade mark application by Dr. Krauss & Dr. Beckmann KG. To find out more click here or call us for advice on your trade mark on +44 (0)161 827 9400.

The PCC gets a re-brand – but has anything else changed?

On 1 October 2013, the Patents County Court (PCC) was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). So, why the change, and what do you need to know?

UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) introduces fast track trade mark opposition procedure

It is now possible to file a fast track UK trade mark opposition following the introduction of new procedures on 1 October 2013. The fast track option includes a reduction in opposition filing fees payable to the UKIPO as well as a shorter time frame between filing the opposition and a final decision being made.

Copyright and The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 is changing copyright law in the UK to enable the widespread commercial exploitation of images where the owner of copyright in an image cannot be identified. Under the Act these images, known as “orphaned works”, will be allowed to go into a collective licensing scheme for non-exclusive use by licensees paying a royalty.

‘Superfast’ UK patent applications – not so super

Concluding that there could be a risk to the quality of UK patents granted under such a scheme, the UK Government has decided not to implement the proposed 'superfast' service.

Improving registered design protection to help businesses

An Intellectual Property Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords. This Bill intends to reform design protection in the UK in order to simplify and improve design protection.

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