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The latest news and cutting edge commentary from across the group

October 2016
October 2016

AIPLA Annual Meeting 2016

Patent Director Kieran Killough from HGF's Manchester office will be attending this year's AIPLA Annual Meeting.

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October 2016

Retail Week General Counsel

Antony Gold will be speaking at Retail Week General Counsel on controlling brand personality on social media

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October 2016

Asian Patent Attorneys Association 2016 (APAA)

HGF's Chief Executive Paul Sanderson together with Partner Dr Gary Wilson will be attending this year's APAA which will be held in Bali from 8-11th October 2016.

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October 2016

16th FICPI Open Forum

The 16th FICPI Open Forum is being held in St Petersburg from 5th - 8th October 2016.

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September 2016
September 2016

IP in Retail 2016

HGF’s fourth “IP in Retail” conference looks at intellectual property issues affecting retailers in 2016 with an orientation towards international expansion.

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September 2016

MARQUES 30th Annual Conference

The MARQUES Annual Conference will be held in Alicante from 20th - 23rd September 2016.

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September 2016

UK – ratifying the UPC – could we, should we?

Two interesting documents on Brexit and the UPC have been published; the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) view on the UPC in light of Brexit, which is supported by the second document, an Opinion from Legal Counsel. On the face of it, these documents paint a positive pict…

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September 2016

AIPPI World Congress 2016

The venue of the 2016 AIPPI World Congress will be Milan, home of fashion, industry and design. There is no better place to learn and discuss hot IP topics in a pleasant environment, placed right in the centre of Italy and Europe.

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September 2016

Netherlands – 11th State to Ratify UPC Agreement

Netherlands – 11th State to Ratify UPC Agreement

In spite of the post-Brexit uncertainty over the unitary patent and unified patent court, the Netherlands has become the 11th Member State to ratify the Agreement on the …

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September 2016

UK Patent Rules and Design Fees - some changes from 1 October 2016

Changes proposed to rules and procedures at the UKIPO will come into effect on 1 October 2016. The changes are being made to increase legal certainty, make procedures more flexible, and overall aim to reduce burdens for applicants and owners of patent and design rights.

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July 2016
July 2016

Retail brand protection – another string to the bow

A recent decision of the CJEU (Tommy Hilfiger Licensing LLC and Others v Delta Center a.s. C-494/15 ) has helped widen the options for many retailers seeking to curb brand infringements.

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July 2016

Streamlining Examination at the EPO

Following on from the recent streamlining of opposition procedures which comes into effect for oppositions on which a Summons to attend Oral Proceedings hasn't issued today, the EPO is considering streamlining examination proceedings.

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July 2016

Brexit & your trade marks

You will no doubt have received many updates from IP law firms discussing the potentially new landscape for IP rights in the UK and EU in the longer term. Some are long, some short, some academic, but maybe not all practical.

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