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Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.

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Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

3rd Apr 2024

Bottle Opener – Registered UK Design Invalidation Decision

Registered UK designs protect the appearance of the whole or a part of product, resulting from the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials of the product or its ornamentation. A valid registered UK design must be new and must have individual character, meaning that the design must produce a different overall impression compared to existing designs that have been made available to the public.

11th Mar 2024

Fee Reductions at the EPO for micro-entities, including innovators, entrepreneurs, universities and microenterprises

From 1 April 2024, the EPO will introduce measures to reduce the official fees payable on European patent applications filed by micro-entities, including innovators, entrepreneurs, universities and microenterprises. The EPO state that “the new scheme aims to support the growth and development of smaller and less experienced European entities by making it easier for them to access the European patent system”.

14th Feb 2024

What Next for Patenting Software Implemented Artificial Neural Network Inventions in the UK?

A recent Judgment, Emotional Perception AI Ltd v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks [2023] EWHC 2948, in relation to an appeal against a decision of the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has paved the way for the UKIPO to (at least temporarily) adjust its approach to dealing with patent applications that relate to artificial neural networks (ANNs).

5th Feb 2024

Protecting the Vegan Lifestyle – Reflections on the Trade Mark Landscape

For many, January is a time to commit to resolutions and lifestyle changes. No surprise then, that it has become synonymous with Veganuary, a campaign to persuade consumers to adopt a vegan diet for the first month of the year. In this blog we consider the respective trade mark strategies of Veganuary and the Vegan Society in protecting their IP in support of their promotion of the vegan lifestyle.

2nd Feb 2024

Act NOW to retain your UK plant variety right “Brexit clone”

On 31 December 2020, the UK formally left the European Union (EU) single market and customs union – a process known informally as “Brexit”. Plant varieties which were protected by EU Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVRs) granted on or before that date were automatically afforded corresponding UK rights, called “Retained EU Plant Variety Rights” (aka UK plant variety right “Brexit clones”). The UK’s Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) advised that right holders wishing to keep their Retained EU Plant Variety Rights in force should, by 1 January 2024, provide details of a name and address of an agent in the UK together with a signed authorisation of agent form.

31st Jan 2024

UPC Headquarter Agreement

On 26 January 2024, the Headquarters Agreement was signed by the President of the Court of Appeal of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), Klaus Grabinski, and the Director General for Europe of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Nicola Verola, formally confirming the location of the third section of the Central Division of the UPC in Milan.

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