The coexistence of Patents and Registered Designs often causes confusion about the best mode of protection to seek for a particular product or process. We have outlined the basic differences between a Patent and a Registered Design below, along with some “pros” and “cons” to each, to help you decide which form of protection would […]
During the process of applying for a UK patent, it is common for the Examiner to highlight documents considered to be relevant to the patentability of the invention defined by the claims. The majority of the documents highlighted by the Examiner are likely to be those that were published, or otherwise made available to the […]
Once a trade mark is registered, it is common for owners to assume that the only action required is to monitor for potential infringement of that right. However, a trade mark, like any property asset, must be managed. One of the most frequently overlooked issues is the ownership of a registered trade mark being correct. […]
In a landmark decision on patent infringement, The Supreme Court has confirmed that UK law does provide for a doctrine of equivalents when determining the scope of patent protection.
Inventor rights in the UK In the simplest scenario a sole inventor applying for a UK patent application is entitled to the patent. However, many inventions are the result of a joint effort of a group of individuals and in the majority of situations where the invention is made by an employee (or a group […]
After the filing of your patent application at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), you will receive a patent application number, which will be in the format of GBXXXXXXX.X, and a filing date. Our standard procedure here at Chapman IP is to, upon filing your application, request that the UKIPO carry out a search of […]
As a business owner, there are a huge number of considerations, worries and demands on our time: teaching yourself the vagaries of the latest social media trend, considering this year’s marketing spend, collating where your custom is coming from, let alone getting the business in. So if the words ‘registered trade mark’ are uttered, it gets […]
We are pleased to have been named in the top filers of UK and EU trade mark applications in 2016 in the latest UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys CITMA Review.