Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Copyrights, IP Solicitors, Appeals and Oppositions, Due Diligence and Strategy.

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

October 2020
October 2020

Lancashire Innovation Festival 2020

HGF Partners Janet Knowles and Dr Chris Benson will join 'Safeguarding Intellectual Property to Achieve Business Success' online event at the Lancashire Innovation Festival 2020.

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October 2020

British Airways’ fine reduced to £20 million

Information Commissioner’s Office substantially reduces the intended fine following BA submissions and full consideration of the issues.

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October 2020

Birmingham Tech Week 2020 - Lean IP Strategy

As part of Birmingham Tech week 2020 HGF Partner Jason Lessard and Patent Director Dr Jennifer Bailey will be holding a webinar 'Lean IP Strategy' on Friday 16th October.

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October 2020

Microbiome Movement - Maternal & Infant Health Summit 2020

HGF Partner Craig Thomson will be presenting at the Microbiome Movement - Maternal & Infant Health Summit 2020 on 15th October.

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October 2020

4th Microbiome: Recent Developments, Regulatory, Quality and Commercialization Summit

HGF Partner Craig Thomson will be speaking at the 4th Microbiome: Recent Developments, Regulatory, Quality and Commercialization Summit on 15th October.

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October 2020

In Review - Lockdown Proofing Your IP

Following the lifting of the national lockdown in the UK and months of home working, businesses have faced numerous challenges, from how to effectively enable employees to work at home to developing new strategies for running their business in the face of change.

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October 2020

WTR Connect 2020

HGF is sponsoring WTR Connect 2020 and HGF Partner Lee Curtis will be co-hosting the ‘Trademark challenges and opportunities in fashion and luxury goods’.

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October 2020

Legal 500 2021

HGF has been ranked Tier 2 in PATMA: Patent Attorneys, PATMA: Trade Mark Attorneys, North West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & The Humber and Tier 5 in London: Patents Contentious and Non-Contentious.

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October 2020

HGF IP in Retail online training events

In 2020, HGF will be delivering its 8th Annual IP in Retail Conference differently. As usual, we have put together an agenda which considers topical IP issues encountered by in-house counsel for retailers and fashion brands. However, rather than our usual face…

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September 2020
September 2020

IQPC Global IP Exchange Europe 2020

HGF is sponsoring IQPC Global IP Exchange Europe 2020.

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September 2020

IAM webinar: Primed to tap into the economic potential? Troubleshooting patent protection of AI innovations in Europe

IAM webinar will be hosted by HGF Partners Dr Chris Benson and Dr Susan Keston on 28 September at 4pm BST.

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September 2020

Funding for the Future

As part of Leeds Digital Festival, Nexus is holding an event on Thursday 24th September 2020.

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September 2020

UK High Court rules an AI Machine (DABUS) cannot be an Inventor but Owner possibly could be

In a decision published on 21 September 2020, a High Court judge, Mr Justice Marcus Smith, has ruled that an Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine cannot be considered to be an inventor under the UK Patents Act 1977 and that, in any event, the right to obtain a patent application could not …

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September 2020

HGF offices and COVID-19 deadlines

HGF continues to remain fully operational with the majority of staff working remotely due to the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 2020

Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst webinar; Intellectual Property: Are you infringing?

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intellectual-property-are-you-infringing-tickets-117282570325

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September 2020

IPBC Connect 2020

IAM’s IPBC Connect virtual event will be held across the month of September and HGF is proud to be a sponsor.

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September 2020

HGF Complete: Brexit Webinars

As part of HGF Complete campaign, we are holding a series of webinars on Brexit and its implications on trade marks.

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September 2020

Sustainable Protein Production and Animal Microbiome Virtual Summit 2020

Sustainable Protein Production and Animal Microbiome Virtual Summit 2020 will be held on 8-10th September.

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September 2020

HGF webinar: The rise of AI. What happens when you take the human out of trade mark law?

HGF Partner Lee Curtis will be hosting a webinar on 3rd September 2020 at 4PM (BTS).

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September 2020

Alt Protein Conference - Transforming the Future of Food

HGF is the Intellectual Property Partner for the Alt Protein Conference on 2nd-3rd September 2020.

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September 2020

ONE Life Sciences Leadership Forum 6

The sixth ONE Life Sciences Leadership Forum will explore intellectual property and clinical pathway strategies.

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August 2020
August 2020

UK Supreme Court Reaches a Unanimous decision in Parallel Unwired Planet and Conversant Appeal cases, Spelling Victory for Standard Essential Patent Holders

The Supreme Court has today (26th August 2020) issued decisions unanimously dismissing two parallel appeals from English Court of Appeal decisions. The decision can be found here. In particular, the “Unwired appeal” and the “Conversant appeal”. The Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in…

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August 2020

IAM Strategy 300 2020

IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists guide has now been published and HGF is proud to have 4 Partners listed.

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August 2020

Furlough and entitlement

Recently we reviewed with a client a new invention, for which there is a (currently unanswered) question whether the employee devised this invention whilst on furlough. It has therefore led us to consider how the furlough scheme may affect entitlement for other inventions and employers.

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August 2020

Coronavirus update: Oral proceedings before Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal

In view of the ongoing disruptions caused by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the European Patent Office (EPO) has implemented special measures for arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings. These measures are now updated with respect to oral proceedings before Opposition Divisions …

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August 2020

International Beer Day 2020

International Beer Day is on 7 August 2020, so lets raise a cheers and look at some of the trade mark issues in this ever expanding industry.

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August 2020

Battle over beer patents brewing at the European Patent Office

Oppositions launched by 16 organisations against patents for mutant barley owned by Carlsberg & Heineken highlight the tensions that exist over the grant of monopolies for plant products. We consider which party will most likely be raising a glass to victory in light of recent legal change…

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August 2020

Privacy Shield ruling introduces new challenges to personal data transfers to the US (and elsewhere)

EU and UK data protection legislation contains long standing restrictions around transferring personal data to third countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) where the country in which the recipient is located has, in the eyes of the European Commission, inadequate protections…

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August 2020

UK will not participate in the UPC

On 20 July 2020, it was announced that the UK had made its final preparation to withdraw from the Unified Patent Court project.

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