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UPC Ratification Process

In February 2015 the Ministry of Employment and Economy of Finland set up a Working Group to prepare the ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The Working Group has now published, as instructed, a draft for a Government Bill, to be considered in autumn 2015, on the adoption of the Agreement by Finland, focusing on how its provisions will be brought into force in the country and on how national legislation would be amended to align it with the provisions of the Agreement. According to the Working Group, the legislative provisions of the Agreement would be made part of national legislation by means of a special legislative act to that effect. Moreover, the Patent Code, the Criminal Code, the Code of Judicial Procedure, the Enforcement Code and a number of other laws would be amended, as necessary. Read more...

  • 1 Sep 2015

What does '1' actually mean?

This was the question posed in Smith & Nephew's application for a declaration of non-infringement for their silverised wound dressing. Read more...

  • 13 Aug 2015

TiE International Business Plan Competition

Tie International Business Plan Competition is one of the world's most prestigious business-plan and start up competitions. Read more...

  • 12 Aug 2015

UPC London Division

UPC update Read more...

  • 12 Aug 2015

Deadline approaching for action on Patent Box - don't miss out!

Innovative businesses based in the UK are entitled to pay significantly reduced corporation tax. Many business leaders are unaware of how generous the UK Patent Box scheme can be, or they simply assume that they won’t qualify. Read more...

  • 11 Aug 2015

Portugal Ratifies UPC

Portugal has become the 8th country to deposit it’s instrument of ratification of the UPC. Read more...

  • 7 Aug 2015

UAE trade mark application costs set to double from 29 May 2015

UAE trade mark application costs set to double. The UAE is already a notoriously expensive country in which to pursue protection and it has now been brought to our attention that the Government of the UAE plans to increase official fees associated with IP protection from 29 May 2015 onwards. For trade mark protection, this will mean a 100% increase. Read more...

  • 21 Apr 2015

OAPI Joins Madrid Protocol System

The number of countries now party to the Madrid Protocol system for the protection of trade marks internationally breaks the 100 mark! The OAPI became the 93rd Member and will accede to the Protocol on 5th March 2015. Read more...

  • 11 Feb 2015

Filing a Community design application at a national patent office when the deadline falls on a non-working day

A Community design application can be filed with a valid priority claim at a national Patent Office, when the deadline falls on a closed day at said national Patent Office. Read more...

  • 11 Feb 2015

Validation of European Patents in Morocco

The EPO has announced that from 1 March 2015 it will be possible to validate European patents in Morocco, bringing the potential country coverage of a European patent to 41 countries. Read more...

  • 2 Feb 2015