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

September 2015
September 2015

2015 BioCap Conference

This not to be missed conference will develop relationships with potential partners for your business, allow you to understand further the funding landscape and show your support for the North of England life science cluster.

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September 2015

PTMG Autumn Conference

Partner Claire Hutchinson will be attending the 91st PTMG Conference to be held in Warsaw 30th September - 2nd October 2015.

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September 2015

Northern Star Business Awards 2015

The 2015 date has been announced for the North-east of Scotland's leading business awards ceremony.

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September 2015

MIP Luxury Brand & Retail Forum 2015

The MIP Luxury Brand & Retail Forum unites experts in corporations, industry associations and international leading legal experts to discuss and exchange business critical knowledge.

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September 2015

MARQUES 29th Annual Conference

The MARQUES 29th Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Stadtpark Hotel in Vienna 15th-18th September 2015.

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September 2015

SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition

SPE Offshore Europe is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America.

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September 2015

Global IP & Innovation Summit 2015

The fourth annual MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit in Shanghai takes an in-depth look at the most recent developments in IP enforcement at the specialised court, online infringements, licensing, patent-filing, trade mark protection and IP monetisation from ar…

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August 2015
August 2015

Intellectual Property Owners Association

The 43rd Intellectual Property Association's Annual Meeting will be held 27th-29th September 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago.

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July 2015
July 2015

"Long-Felt Want” soothes Leo’s irritation and helps psoriasis patent to be found inventive

The Court of Appeal in Teva UK Ltd & Anor v Leo Pharma A/S [2015] EWCA Civ 779 (28 July 2015) has reversed a 2014 High Court decision.

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July 2015

Can use of Community Trade Mark in one country constitute genuine use...a UK judge thinks not

Sofa Workshop Limited, a furniture retailer brought a claim against Sofaworks Limited, another UK retailer of furniture, alleging that Sofaworks use of the SOFAWORKS trade mark infringed two Community Trade Mark Registrations (“CTMs") for SOFA WORKSHOP and that Sofaworks had passed itself …

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July 2015

Waiving the right to a further communication under Rule 71(3) EPC

When the EPO informs the applicant of the text in which it intends to grant the European patent, applicants may approve the text, disapprove the text or file amendments or corrections.

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July 2015

Italy to Join Unitary Patent

Italy to Join Unitary Patent

Italy have formally given notification to the Council of the European Union of its intention to participate in the unitary patent.

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July 2015

Injunctions and SEPs: A Battle of Willingness

In the latest case before the CJEU concerning standard essential patents (SEPs) and anti-competitive behaviours (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd v ZTE Corp., ZTE Deutschland GmbH C-170/13), the CJEU has set out the particular circumstances under which bringing an action for a prohibitory injun…

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July 2015

IP: What’s on the horizon?

HGF are hosting a breakfast seminar the morning of the University of Sheffield’s Innovation in Healthcare Conference to discuss IP considerations in the healthcare sector.

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July 2015

Court of Appeal upholds Lilly’s appeal against the DNIs granted to Actavis for its pemetrexed products

Court of Appeal upholds Lilly’s appeal against the DNIs granted to Actavis for its pemetrexed products

The Court of Appeal, with Floyd LJ giving the leading Judgment, has set aside UK, French, Spanish and Italian declarations of non-infringement (“DNIs”) in respect of Acta…

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July 2015

Medilink Ascend Networking – Innovation

The Ascend Medilink Skills Programme – free training for the Healthcare Technology sector – is now offering a series of networking sessions at unique venues across Sheffield.

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July 2015

Cross Border DNIs Denied on Appeal

The Court of Appeal has set aside a declaration of non-infringement (DNI) in respect of the UK, French, Italian and Spanish designations of a European Patent which the UK High Court granted last May.

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July 2015

Medilink Ascend Networking – Innovation

The Ascend Medilink Skills Programme – free training for the Healthcare Technology sector – is now offering a series of networking sessions at unique venues across Sheffield.

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