Intellectual property news and updates

Two Wilson Gunn clients win Queen's Awards for Innovation

We share the news that two of our clients have won this prestigious award.

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.

Ed Sheeran settles copyright lawsuit

In the last few days, Ed Sheeran has settled the $20 million copyright lawsuit filed against him, we consider other recent copyright infringement cases and how copyright can be protected against.

Argos defeated in trade mark case

Last month, well-known UK retailer Argos Limited (“Argos UK”) lost an intellectual property case in the High Court against US company Argos Systems Inc. (“ASI”) over the alleged infringement of its ‘ARGOS’ trade mark.

Spring Budget 2017

We take a look at the announcements revealed in the Spring Budget by Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, on Wednesday that are likely to have an impact on innovation and intellectual property in the United Kingdom.

Sugar and Reformulation – IP opportunities

In 2018 the 'Sugar Tax' will come into effect, we examine how this could effect the food and drink industry and how changes to recipes could require IP protection.

IP Audits Plus - Funding from UKIPO

SMEs can apply now for funding towards an audit of their intellectual property via the UK Intellectual Property Office’s IP Audits Plus service.

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…

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