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HGF offers everything you would expect of a world-class intellectual property firm, including patent and trade mark acquisition as well as appeals and oppositions to protect your creative work.

We also focus on providing a bespoke service tailored to your industry, to ensure you really get the most out of your big ideas. Our teams are dedicated to providing professional, expert advice and support every step of the way.

The latest news and cutting edge commentary from across the group

February 2015
February 2015

IP in Healthcare 2015

The effective management of and exploitation of intellectual property in the UK’s healthcare market with sectors such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies is a crucial aspect of any R&D programme. In the UK this sector has in excess of £49.7…

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February 2015

AUTM 2015 Annual Meeting

The AUTM Annual Meeting is organized and developed by experienced technology transfer professionals who represent a range of institutions — large, small, public and private universities, industry representatives, government agencies and hospitals and research …

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February 2015

4th edition of Pharma IPR Conference

HGF Partner Dr Jonathan Atkinson will be speaking at the 4th edition of Pharma IPR Conference on 'Generic Entry - Challenging European Patents Now and in the Future'.

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February 2015

Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Dinner & Awards 2015

The Scottish Enterprise Annual Life Sciences Awards & Dinner 2015 will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 5th February 2015.

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January 2015
January 2015

C5's Forum on Trade Mark Litigation

With trade mark litigation increasing every year, companies need to continually update and revise their trade mark strategies. HGF Partners Martyn Fish and Antony Gold will be attending and speaking at the conference.

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January 2015

Appeal dismissed in Rihanna v TopShop passing off case

Back in 2013 the High Court held that the sale of substantial numbers of T-shirts bearing a photograph of world famous pop star Rihanna amounted to passing off. This was because although they had permission from the photographer to use the photograph, they did not have Rihanna’s consent t…

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January 2015

T 0557/13 Clarification of clearly defined alternative subject-matters – Partial Priorities

T 0557/13 Clarification of clearly defined alternative subject-matters – Partial Priorities

A long awaited referral to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal on “poisonous priorities” has come to light in T0577/13 arising from EP0921183.

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January 2015

Morocco to recognise European Patents as National Patents

On 19th January, the President of the EPO and the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy announced that an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco will enter into force on 1 March 2015.

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January 2015

EPO - second medical use provisions do not apply to medical devices

The EPO has dealt a blow to patent proprietors in the medical sector by confirming that the second medical use provisions of Art 54(5) EPC do not apply to medical devices.

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January 2015

Can an SPC be granted for an active ingredient covalently bonded to other active ingredients?

The judgement in another referral to the CJEU on the subject of SPCs, was given on 15 January 2015. This referral came from Austrian Patent Office regarding to application for an SPC for “Protein D”. The SPC application was based on a European patent relating to ‘Protein D ‒ an IgD-bindi…

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January 2015

Apple Retail Format– Ground breaking or just another Trade Mark?

The decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) finding that in principle retail formats can be registered as trade marks throughout the European Union has been heralded by some commentators as ‘ground breaking’.

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December 2014
December 2014

Parthenotes and Patentability

In an eagerly awaited decision, the CJEU today provided some pre-Christmas cheer to those struggling with patentability of stem cell-related inventions in Europe. The CJEU have confirmed the preliminary view of the Advocate General (AG) that unfertilised human ova whose division and fu…

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December 2014

Success for SuperGroup

Success for SuperGroup

HHJ Hacon has held that by the importation and sale of its ‘Glaisdale’ gilet, H Young (Operation) Limited, trading as Animal, infringed the UK unregistered design right o…

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December 2014

Nine of the best

As intellectual property (particularly brand value) is a core asset of most retailers, they have for decades been the vanguard in the evolution of new law in this field. 2014 has been a bumper year, with many leading brands making the trip to court. As a result, the IP landscape as we app…

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December 2014

Medilink North West Christmas Dinner

HGF will be sponsoring the Innovation Award at Medilink’s North West Christmas Dinner and Awards 2014.

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December 2014

The EPO and Partial Priority – T 0571/10 A Common Sense Decision

Decision T 0571/10 (decision date 3 June 2014) has just been published by the EPO and makes an interesting contribution to the debate on partial priority of a patent claim.

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December 2014

UK Patent Box - shut to new entrants from June 2016

UK Patent Box - shut to new entrants from June 2016

Following the joint statement from the UK and Germany last month the Treasury has today issued a statement confirming that the current UK Patent Box regime will close to …

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December 2014

IP for Retailers – Training Programme

HGF are holding a conference in Leeds on the key issues which are pre-occupying retailers – particularly their in-house counsel in 2014.

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