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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.

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 2017
September 2017

EU trade mark regulation changes applying 1 October 2017

Last March, the new EU trade mark regulation brought a number of changes to trade mark practice at the EUIPO into being. The Amending Regulation also contained a number of provisions that would come into force only 21 months after its publication, as they had to be developed by secondary …

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September 2017

Oxford Bacteriophage Conference 2017

HGF Partner Craig Thomson will be Co-presenting "Creating Impact: The challenges and opportunities of commercialisation in the field of bacteriophage research" alongside Professor Martha RJ Clokie.

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September 2017

EU Commission Paper on IP and Brexit

The European Commission Brexit Task Force has published its Position Paper on IP rights and Brexit.

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September 2017

UK Registered Designs: displaying your rights using webmarking from 1 October 2017

Showing the world the registered design protection you have for your products in the UK will get easier from 1 October 2017; from this date you will have the option of marking your product with a web address which associates the product with a UK registered design number(s).

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September 2017

HGF is listed 2nd in the top 100 trade mark filers of both UK & EU applications 2016 in CITMA Review.

HGF, one of Europe's leading IP firms, is listed 2nd in the top 100 trade mark filers for both EU & UK filings.

HGF is listed 2nd in the top 100 trade mark filers of both UK & EU applications 2016 in CITMA Review. Find out more
September 2017

IP in Retail Conference 2017

IP in Retail 2017 - HGF's fifth annual conference will be held in September in Leeds and London. The conference addresses topical IP issues for retailers.

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August 2017
August 2017

EMA Concept Paper - Interface between Companion Diagnostics and Medicines Development

Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatments to individual patients based on their predicted response or risk of disease. It can avoid unnecessary treatment, improve drug-development success rates and reduce costs. Biomarker-based assays have become key tools in the personalised medicin…

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August 2017

Plausibility at the EPO - Decision T 0488/16 Dasatinib/BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIB

An inventive step requiring particular technical effect or solving a particular problem must have a plausible disclosure of having achieved that in the original specification.

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July 2017
July 2017

CpG Oligonucleotide Therapeutics - A History Lesson for CRISPR?

When we look at the emerging and likely future battles being fought to establish dominance in the emerging field of CRISPR technologies, it may be too easy to conclude that one has no frame of reference to help understand what the conclusion will likely be. However, as Harry S Truman said;…

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July 2017

UK Patent Equivalents, Exclusions and Estoppel – where are we now?

A 5 year battle between Eli Lilly (Lilly) and Actavis centred on Lilly’s patent for the use of pemetrexed disodium for cancer therapy, has culminated in a decision from the UK Supreme Court, allowing Lilly’s appeal and deciding that Actavis' Products directly infringe Eli Lilly's patent in…

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July 2017

Crucial Rule Changes for the Patentability of Plants and Animals at the European Patent Office

Starting with immediate effect from the 1st July 2017, plants and animals obtained from essentially biological processes will no longer be patentable before the European Patent Office (EPO).

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