Intellectual property news and updates

Brand-i : the anti-counterfeiting directory

As a manufacturer of branded products, how can you ensure that consumers know where to buy your authentic products online? You can use Brand-i, a website set up by Trading Standards in the UK to ensure that consumers can buy authentic goods from authorised online stockists for key counterfeit goods.

Marking products with a web address to an online notice of patent rights

In patent infringement proceedings, an infringer can sometimes avoid or reduce their liability for damages if they can show that they had no reason to suspect that the infringed patent existed. This can be prevented where patent applicants and owners have marked their product (and/or its packaging and/or product information) with notices detailing their patents in force and/or pending patent applications that cover the product.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) funding IP audits

SMEs can currently apply for funding for an IP audit via one of the UKIPO’s partners including GrowthAccelerator, Welsh Government and Scottish Enterprise, for companies based in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.

Proposed change to UK patent law: sharing unpublished information with other patent offices

During the first eighteen months of a UK patent application, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) conducts a prior-art search and informs the applicant in a Search Report of any relevant documents found as well as providing remarks on patentability of the invention.

UKIPO encouraging pharmaceutical innovation

The UK Intellectual Property Office is undertaking a formal consultation on its proposal to amend the Patents Act to allow clinical and field trials for new drugs, which involve the use of already patented drugs, to be carried out without risk of patent infringement. This would include the activities required to obtain regulatory approval to market new drugs or to assess their efficacy.

New “Small Claims” track at the UK Patents County Court

A “small claims” track was officially launched at the UK Patents County Court (PCC), on 1st October.

Wilson Gunn advising clients on Patent Box

Wilson Gunn is advising clients on the Patent Box scheme, a tax relief scheme that the UK Government will be phasing in from 1 April 2013.

The Right to Repair and Update

The long running ‘right to repair’/’spare parts’ saga took another interesting step forward with the recent Mars UK Ltd v Tecknowledge Ltd case—curiously, in the unlikely field of software. Intellectual Property occupies an equivocal area of the law. Monopolistic protection is permitted, exceptionally, to preserve individual ownership…

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