Intellectual property news and updates

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…

Autumn Statement 2016

Following the Chancellor, Philip Hammond’s, first Autumn Statement yesterday, we take a look at some of the announcements likely to impact innovation and intellectual property in the UK. Patent Box Rules The government will publish draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2017 on Monday 5 December 2016 which will ‘add specific provisions’…

Wilson Gunn 3rd largest UK Trade Mark filer

We are delighted to announce that we have been named third in the list of ‘Top 100 UK Trade Mark Filers’ published this month by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Based on the number of UK Trade Mark filings over the 2015 calendar year, Wilson Gunn has moved up the rankings in the annual research from 5th in 2015 to 3rd in 2016. Michael…

Changes to UK registered design fees – 1 October 2016

From 1 October 2016, the fees for UK registered designs are changing to offer designers significant savings.

Changes to UK Patent Rules – 1 October 2016

An overview of the changes to UK patent rules which will be introduced on 1 October 2016.

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…

One month to go – Article 28(8) EUTMR declarations

Proprietors of European Union trade mark registrations applied for before 22 June 2012 and registered before 23 March 2016 have one month left to avoid loss of rights.

UK patent law changes to benefit applicants

The UK government published a consultation on 29 February 2016, seeking views on a package of proposed amendments to the current Patents Rules. The proposals, eleven in total, aim to simplify detailed aspects of UK patents legislation, to provide greater clarity and to reduce the burden on businesses by taking account of modern working practices…

Brexit - The facts from the IPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued a guide on the future of intellectual property laws following the EU Referendum. Entitled ‘IP and BREXIT: The facts’, it seeks to dispel various inaccurate speculation of the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights available in the UK, and accessible to UK businesses. Very…

UK votes to leave the European Union

In a national referendum the UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU). So what happens next? Well, for the moment, very little. The UK remains a full member of the EU. It will take some time (probably a number of years) before the implications of the vote take effect. What effect will this have on my existing IP? There will be no change…

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