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The latest news and cutting edge commentary from across the group

June 2016
June 2016

BREXIT

The people of the UK have voted to leave the EU. Here are the headline points to note in respect of IP rights.

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June 2016

Is it secret? Is it safe?

Is it secret? Is it safe? The Trade Secrets Directive to come into force on 5 July 2016

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June 2016

UPC - 10 down; 3 to go...

UPC - 10 down; 3 to go...

News from the Council of the EU - Bulgaria has become the 10th member state to deposit its instrument of ratification on the Unified Patent Court agreement.

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June 2016

EPO introduces streamlined opposition proceedings

The EPO has published its intention to speed up the opposition process.

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June 2016

Priority a Priority for the EPO EBA this Week – G1/15

Priority a Priority for the EPO EBA this Week – G1/15

This week the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) will hear the case G 1/15, known as the “Partial priority” case. “Partial Priority” is a controversial subject – almost…

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June 2016

2016 BIO International Convention

HGF are sending a team of Attorneys to the 2016 BIO International Convention, 6th - 9th June at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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May 2016
May 2016

UK Patent Box - qualify before 30 June 2016

After 30 June 2016, the amount of profit from an IP asset which can qualify for a reduced 10% rate of Corporation Tax available through the UK Patent Box will depend on the proportion of the asset’s development expenditure incurred by the company.

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May 2016

Are you UPC ready?

In amongst the general discussion about the unitary patent and UPC, there are a number of important but easily overlooked issues. In this the third briefing note of our series we look at the issues of licences, ownership and SPCs in the context of UPs and the UPC.

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May 2016

INTA 2016 - 138th Annual Meeting

HGF are sending a team of attorneys to INTA's 138th Annual Meeting which is being held in Orlando, Florida 21st - 25th May 2016.

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May 2016

The Unified Patent Court: the future cost of patent litigation in Europe

The Unified Patent Court: the future cost of patent litigation in Europe

Martyn Fish takes a closer look at the proposed UPC costs regime.

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May 2016

Would Brexit mean the end of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court?

Would Brexit mean the end of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court?

If the UK votes to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, what impact will this have on European patents and in particular on the imminent introduction of the Unitary …

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May 2016

Are you UPC ready?

This is the second in our series of briefing notes which consider the key decisions that patentees and applicants will need to make as a consequence of the introduction of Unitary Patents (UPs) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe.

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May 2016

IP in Healthcare 2016

HGF's next IP in Healthcare conference will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29th June.

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May 2016

Appeal Dismissed for Dosage Regimen Patent

Appeal Dismissed for Dosage Regimen Patent

The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal (Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar RT v Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) [2016] EWCA Civ 410 (26 April 2016)) by Richter that their Euro…

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April 2016
April 2016

LES Benelux

HGF Partner Achim Krebs will be co-chairing this IP & Tax event on 21 April in Luxemburg, on behalf of the LES Benelux.

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April 2016

2016 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

Dr Richard Williams, Partner and Dr Ben Tolley, Trainee Patent Attorney are attending the 2016 Bio World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, April 17-20 in San Diego.

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April 2016