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  • Knowledge Bank

    Knowledge Bank

Keen to help our clients keep up with the ever-changing field of patents and trade marks, we produce a series of guides and briefing papers on the topics which we feel will be of most use to you. If there’s something in particular you would like to see covered here, please get in touch and let us know.

 

Patent or Design?

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 […]

Novelty Only Prior Art

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 […]

Ownership and Inventorship

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 […]

Interpreting a UK Search Report

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 […]

A Fear of Trade Marks

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 […]

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