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EUROPEAN PATENTS - THE BASICS

A European patent can be an easier and cheaper alternative to obtaining individual national patents in the countries which are members of the European Patent Convention (EPC).

EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARKS - THE BASICS

Under the European Union Trade Mark system, the proprietor of a European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) has a single, unitary registration, enforceable throughout the EU.

UK PATENTS - THE BASICS

This resource contains information about obtaining a patent to protect your invention in the UK.

UK TRADE MARKS - THE BASICS

Registered trade marks give powerful rights to their proprietors and are very important and valuable assets.

UK REGISTERED DESIGNS - THE BASICS

This resource deals with how to register your design in the United Kingdom.

INTERNATIONAL (PCT) PATENT APPLICATIONS - THE BASICS

It is possible to file a PCT application which, for a certain period of time, takes the place of the many individual foreign patent applications that would otherwise be required for protection abroad.

MADRID PROTOCOL - THE BASICS

The Madrid Protocol is an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of countries and/or regions using a single application.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

This resource gives answers to some of the questions about IP that we get asked most often.

TRAINING COURSE ON EUROPEAN PATENTS 5-16 JUNE 2017

Our two-week course provides an in-depth study of the legal and practical aspects of working with the EPC and EPO and is aimed at practitioners from Japan and other Asian countries, from either private practice or industrial IP departments. It includes optional additional seminars on other aspects of intellectual property.

ARTICLE: A CASE IN POINT: TRUNKI vs KIDDEE

In this article Mewburn Ellis Patent Assistant Tom Furnival discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling in Magmatic v. PMS International Ltd and what designers can do to try and make sure their registered designs provide the protection they want.

PUBLISHED ARTICLE: CONDUCTING DUE DILIGENCE AND AUDITS

You conduct due diligence of intellectual property (IP) rights to check what is being sold or licensed or offered as an investment. If a buyer does not conduct due diligence they will have to rely on the contractual warranties given by the seller (if any), because caveat emptor applies. If a seller does not conduct an IP audit they may be ill prepared for the sale, licensing or investment event.

WITHDRAWAL OF THE UK FROM THE EU (“BREXIT”): IMPLICATIONS FOR IP RIGHTS

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union (EU). The result of that referendum was a 52%-48% view that the UK should end its membership of the EU. However, there is no immediate effect.

PUBLISHED ARTICLE: PATENT PROTECTION FOR A FOOD PRODUCT

Chris Dension contributed to this report prepared by the Japanese Institute of Intellectual Property for the Japan Patent Office.

WITHDRAWAL OF THE UK FROM THE EU (“BREXIT”): IMPLICATIONS FOR TRADE MARKS

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union (EU). The result of that referendum was a 52%-48% view that the UK should end its membership of the EU. However, there is no immediate effect.

ARTICLE: SPEEDING THINGS UP AT THE EPO - UPDATE

This summary of ways to speed up processes at the EPO, updated in November 2016, was written by Mewburn Ellis Patent Assistant Eleanor Maciver. It includes additional mechanisms for speeding up and further clarification on existing methods. It supersedes her previous article written in April 2016.