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    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.

 

How well protected are your trade secrets?

Businesses are increasingly aware of the value that registered intellectual property rights such as patents, trade marks and design registrations can bring, both in terms of protecting a company’s position in the marketplace and also as assets in their own right. However, recently a spotlight has been shone on another aspect of intellectual property that […]

The Patentability Of Computer-Implemented Inventions

In recent years, machine learning and so-called ‘artificial intelligence’ systems have once again come into the spotlight.  As ever, patent law both in the UK and around the world has developed to keep pace with and encourage these emerging technologies. The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the UK courts are often guided by decisions […]

Patent Box scheme provides reduced corporation tax on patent-related profit

Many companies have made claims under the Patent Box scheme that was initially introduced in April 2013.  The measures aim to provide a boost for innovative businesses within the UK, and Patent Box provides companies generating profit from patented inventions with the benefit of a 10% rate of corporation tax in relation to their patent-related profit. […]

IP Audits – is your IP properly protected and working for you?

As you may know, IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) are extensive and cover unregistered rights such as goodwill, confidential information, copyright, unregistered trade marks, and unregistered design rights. These come into existence automatically and exist without formal registration, while registered rights (such as registered designs, trade marks and patents) need to be registered at the relevant intellectual […]

‘No deal’ Brexit guidance on trade marks and designs issued by UK Government

This week, the UK government issued guidance for trade marks and designs should a ‘no deal’ scenario arise from Brexit negotiations. The full document can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal.  It should be highlighted that this is a guidance note and is not the final arrangement.  A summary of the main points are listed below: Protection […]

IPEC Provides Quick and Cost-Effective IP Litigation in the UK Courts

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has an objective to provide quick and cost-effective IP litigation.  It has proved to be popular. A requirement for cheaper and quicker IP litigation was identified back in the 1980s. Small and medium-sized companies and individuals often found that traditional high court litigation was expensive and time consuming.  Many […]

UK introduces changes to patent fees

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently announced changes to the UK patent fees. These changes follow a consultation period in 2017 and introduce some new fees as well as increasing existing fees. The changes will enter into force for UK patent applicants on 6 April 2018. The changes related to filing, search, examination […]

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