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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.

Reforms to the European Union Trade Mark Law (Part Two)

A number of changes to EU trade mark law will come into effect on 1 October 2017. In particular the requirement for trade marks to be represented graphically will be abolished and a new EU “certification mark” will be available, both of which open up new opportunities for applicants.

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.

ARTICLE: PATENTABILITY OF PLANTS: UPDATE

EPO amends rules relating to patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological processes.

ARTICLE: PROTECTING INNOVATION IN THE COSMETICS INDUSTRY

Fran Salisbury discusses the pros and cons of patenting innovations in the cosmetics industry.

OPTING OUT OF THE UNIFIED PATENT COURT

This page sets out briefly how opting out of the Unified Patent Court is expected to work and our view of some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of opting out.

Article : Enlarged Board confirms Partial Priority approach

In this article Mewburn Ellis partner Frances Salisbury and patent assistant Ashley Creswell talk about the long awaited decision on partial priority - G1/15 - and what effect they will have.