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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.

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The latest news and cutting edge commentary from across the group

August 2018
August 2018

CITMA Webinar - UK and EU IPO procedure - legally harmonised yet procedurally different

CITMA Webinar 'UK and EU IPO procedure – legally harmonised yet procedurally different'

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August 2018

PCT collaborative search and examination (CS&E) pilot project run by the IP5 offices

On 1 July 2018, the IP5 Offices (EPO, KIPO, USPTO, JPO and SIPO) launched a pilot project to test a collaborative approach to international searches under the PCT, particularly with a view to assessing user interest for such a new PCT product and also look at the expected efficiency gains …

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August 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Aims to Stop Sales of “Jeep-Like” Vehicle in US

The ‘Willys MB’ truck (also known as a “Jeep”) is a well-known vehicle manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), first manufactured in 1941. FCA has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, requesting a ban on a “nearly identical copy” of it’s Jeep vehicle by…

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August 2018

Placement of “unhealthy” food advertisements come under heavy scrutiny

Several ASA decisions published today highlight the continued focus by the ASA on advertising high fat, sugar or salt products (“HFSS”) to children.

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August 2018

Inspiration or copying: Aldi in the news again

Family run sausage manufacturer Heck and yogurt maker The Collective are leading a public relations campaign against the German discounter after they both allege that Aldi is selling products “almost identical” to those made by the independent producers.

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July 2018
July 2018

CJEU confirms Art 3(a) criteria for determining SPC protection

In order for an SPC to be valid the relevant product must be “protected by” the basic patent. The meaning of “protected by” has been the subject of much debate, especially in relation to combination products.

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July 2018

Heinz suffers another ASA defeat in the battle for “gainz”

It is a regular debate amongst gym goers as to what to eat post training in order to obtain a good amount of protein. The ASA has banned a TV advert for Heinz Beanz for creating the “impression” that beans contain as much protein, fibre and fat as a typical protein shake.vvvvvvv

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July 2018

ePrivacy Regulation- Further Delay as Germany Looks for Changes

Originally due to come in at the same time as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the European ePrivacy Regulation looks set for further delay following the German Government setting out an updated position.

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July 2018

UK intends to explore staying in the UPC and unitary patent system after the UK leaves the EU

The UK government has reaffirmed its commitment to the UPC and unitary patent in the recent “Brexit White Paper”.

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July 2018

Combatting advertising that supports the sale of counterfeit goods

A voluntary memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) comes into effect today which will attempt to try and minimise the placement of advertising on websites and mobile phone applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

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July 2018

Nestlé Loses Appeal In “KitKat” Case

The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down it’s judgment today on the “KitKat” case, resulting in Nestlé (the maker of the KitKat) losing its EU trade mark for the shape of its chocolate wafer product.

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July 2018

Adverts for online pharmacy ailed by ASA ruling

Adverts, for online pharmacist Pharmacy2U, appearing on Twitter and TV claiming that managing repeat prescriptions online could save the NHS “over £300 million a year on prescription costs” have been found by the ASA to be misleading and unsubstantiated.

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July 2018

No Official Fee Will Be Payable On Automatic Conversion Of Registered EU Trade Marks And Designs

UK Government confirms no official Registry fee will be payable on automatic conversion of registered EU trade marks and designs into national UK rights post-Brexit

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July 2018

Fast Fashion: EU-wide

Reducing the time it takes to get new fashion lines to customers is key to maintaining a commercial advantage. The traditional 6-month lead time on new stock is now often closer to 3 months. Some brands such as Public Desire have told how they have sourced materials, produced and promoted …

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July 2018

ICO issues interim findings in Facebook investigation

Alongside all the excitement in the run-up to the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data protection was also in the news following revelations around Cambridge Analytica’s harvesting of Facebook user’s Personal Data and the impact on elections.

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July 2018

“Link tax” – a boost for artists or a threat to the internet as we know it?

The EU Copyright Directive is intended to bring rules around content in line with the digital age. The proposed new rules have ignited a battle between the likes of Google, Facebook and YouTube and owners/creators of content. Article 11 and Article 13 are the two most controversial parts o…

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July 2018

Junk Food Ad Battle is Heating Up

The Advertising Standards Agency has today published three decisions against food manufacturers in respect of advertisements which have been held to breach the CAP Code. The ASA has warned advertisers not to take “easy options” when advertising high fat, salt and sugar (“HFSS”) products to…

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July 2018

Switching a swoosh for a square: keep you eye on the ball

The summer in the UK has arrived with Wimbledon in full swing for the next two weeks (thankfully hand-in-hand with some sunshine for a change!) however, the score appeared to be low on the agenda when it came to Roger Federer’s match against Serbia’s Lajovic on Monday. Twitter went into tu…

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July 2018

HGF acts in successful invalidity action for Love Music Hate Racism

HGF has acted successfully for Love Music Hate Racism Ltd (LMHR) in its attempt to cancel a trade mark registered by one of its associated merchandising suppliers. In a decision handed down on 1st June 2018, the UK Intellectual Property Office has declared that a registration of the mark L…

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June 2018
June 2018

IQPC Global IP Exchange UK

Dr Gareth Probert and Martyn Fish will be attending and speaking at The Global IP Exchange UK which is being held 26th-27th June in London.

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June 2018

"Protecting greatness" FutureNorth - Distributed with The Times

Kate Taylor discusses empowering women at work in The Life Sciences Edition of FutureNorth, distributed in The Times.

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June 2018

IP Seminar in Basel on Repurposed Drugs - Is Robust Exclusivity Possible?

Is it still possible to reach commercial success with a repurposed drug? Mike Nelson and Marie-Louise Jardle from HGF will explore the options available for providing exclusivity for repurposed drugs and assess the strengths and weaknesses of so called “second…

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June 2018

Benelux Trade Mark congress

HGF Partner Pieter de Ruijter will be presenting 'Brexit and the (possible) consequences for EU trade marks and EU design right holders in practice' at the Benelux Trade Mark congress in Amsterdam on the 21st June 2018.

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June 2018

The Microbiome Movement – Drug Development Summit

Craig Thomson will be hosting a Microbiome IP Masterclass at the 3rd Annual Microbiome Drug Development Summit in Boston, June 2018.

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June 2018

IAM Patent 1000

The IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018 guide has now been published. HGF has 10 attorneys published within the Patent 1000. HGF are also listed as Recommended firm within the guide.

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June 2018

Website blocking orders and trade mark infringement

Internet service providers (“ISPs”) should not pay the costs of implementing website blocking orders in relation to trade mark infringements, the Supreme Court has ruled in Cartier International AG and others v British Telecommunications Plc and another [2018] UKSC 28.

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June 2018

International registration of industrial designs

From 13 June 2018, the UK officially joins the Hague Agreement for the international registration of designs. The Hague Agreement allows applicants to register a design in any one of the 67 contracting parties through a single application, covering up to 82 countries in total, without the…

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June 2018

2018 BIO International Convention

HGF are sending a team of Attorneys to the 2018 BIO International Convention, 4th - 7th June in Boston

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