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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 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 […]

UK Patent Fast Track

When handling applications before the European Patent Office (EPO) we frequently encounter enquires regarding the speed of examination.  While the EPO has recently increased the speed at which it conducts examination, individual national patent applications are still the fastest method of progressing an application to grant. In the UK, accelerating prosecution of a patent application […]

Shapes and colours – worth trying to protect as trade marks?

Louboutin faces further setback in its ongoing battle of its red sole trade mark.  The iconic red sole of Louboutin high heels, faces further controversy following the most recent development from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). It also casts further doubt on the chances of achieving trade mark protection for shapes of products or […]

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 […]

International design applications – protecting your design using The Hague System

The Hague System provides an opportunity for designers and companies to protect their designs in over 60 countries throughout the world, using an “international” design application. An application through The Hague System allows for protection in a large number of territories using only a single application, in single language, having a single set of fees, […]

Accelerated Examination at the EPO

One of the most frequent enquiries concerning the European Patent Office (EPO) is the speed at which patent applications are examined.  It is not unusual for patent applications to remain pending at the EPO for several years, especially if the subject of the invention lies in a popular field, such as telecommunications or chemical compositions. […]

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