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

January 2015
January 2015

C5's Forum on Trade Mark Litigation

With trade mark litigation increasing every year, companies need to continually update and revise their trade mark strategies. HGF Partners Martyn Fish and Antony Gold will be attending and speaking at the conference.

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December 2014
December 2014

Parthenotes and Patentability

In an eagerly awaited decision, the CJEU today provided some pre-Christmas cheer to those struggling with patentability of stem cell-related inventions in Europe. The CJEU have confirmed the preliminary view of the Advocate General (AG) that unfertilised human ova whose division and fu…

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December 2014

Success for SuperGroup

Success for SuperGroup

HHJ Hacon has held that by the importation and sale of its ‘Glaisdale’ gilet, H Young (Operation) Limited, trading as Animal, infringed the UK unregistered design right o…

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December 2014

Nine of the best

As intellectual property (particularly brand value) is a core asset of most retailers, they have for decades been the vanguard in the evolution of new law in this field. 2014 has been a bumper year, with many leading brands making the trip to court. As a result, the IP landscape as we app…

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December 2014

Medilink North West Christmas Dinner

HGF will be sponsoring the Innovation Award at Medilink’s North West Christmas Dinner and Awards 2014.

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December 2014

The EPO and Partial Priority – T 0571/10 A Common Sense Decision

Decision T 0571/10 (decision date 3 June 2014) has just been published by the EPO and makes an interesting contribution to the debate on partial priority of a patent claim.

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December 2014

UK Patent Box - shut to new entrants from June 2016

UK Patent Box - shut to new entrants from June 2016

Following the joint statement from the UK and Germany last month the Treasury has today issued a statement confirming that the current UK Patent Box regime will close to …

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December 2014

IP for Retailers – Training Programme

HGF are holding a conference in Leeds on the key issues which are pre-occupying retailers – particularly their in-house counsel in 2014.

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November 2014
November 2014

John Kaldor v Lee Ann Fashions

John Kaldor v Lee Ann Fashions

Landmark decisions were revisited last week when his Honour Judge Hacon considered whether fashion garment maker, Lee Ann, had infringed the copyright and unregistered Co…

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November 2014

Transport Security Expo

Transport Security Expo has a unique pedigree as the major global exhibition and conference where security manufacturers, systems integrators and distributors connect in a uniquely focused environment with security buyers and policy makers for aviation, mariti…

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November 2014

Test Driving the UPC Case Management Software

Test Driving the UPC Case Management Software

A prototype e-filing/case management system for the UPC has been made available to test. HGF have now tried out the system.

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November 2014

Innovation Vouchers, IP Advice and Your Business

Up to £5k funding for UK based start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow is now available through the Innovation Voucher scheme.

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November 2014

Green Light from AG Bot for Unitary Patent in Europe

Green Light from AG Bot for Unitary Patent in Europe

The Opinion of Advocate General Bot, regarding Spain’s actions that the Regulations surrounding the creating of the European Unitary Patent should be annulled, has been g…

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November 2014

Patent Box – what next?

Patent Box – what next?

The UK’s patent box regime has been making headlines this week. It is proposed to alter the scheme to require tax benefits to be connected directly to R&D expenditures; …

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November 2014

INTA 2014 Leadership Meeting

INTA's Leadership Meeting attracts more than 1,100 accomplished and dedicated INTA volunteers, leaders and decision makers, making it a perfect meeting to sponsor and reach an influential audience.

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November 2014

Counterfeits, Crime and Cartier

October 2014 has seen both the publication of the UK IP Crime Report for 2013/14, and a land mark legal decision in the UK Courts granting web-site blocking orders in respect of websites that infringe trade marks (Cartier International AG and others v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd and other…

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November 2014

Court of Appeal Order Retrial in Interflora Keyword Advertising Case

The dispute between Interflora and Marks and Spencer has rumbled on now for nearly five years. In 2008, Interflora launched trade mark infringement proceedings against Marks & Spencer.

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November 2014

UK Scheme Opens Access to 91 million Orphan Works

UK Scheme Opens Access to 91 million Orphan Works

Under a new scheme launched in the UK, over 91 million ‘orphan works’ can be licensed by users to give wider access to works such as diaries, photographs, oral history re…

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November 2014

FICPI 15th Open Forum 2014

FICPI : The only international organisation that represents the interests of the IP attorney in private practice.

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November 2014

BioInfect 2014

BioInfect is a major 1-day conference, that will look at the critical issues relating to the development of new anti-infectives and the endemic problem of resistance.

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November 2014

17th Draft Rules of Procedure of the UPC

17th Draft Rules of Procedure of the UPC

The UPC Preparatory Committee’s 17th draft Rules of Procedure of the UPC have been published together with the Committee’s explanatory note.

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November 2014

More Rule Changes for the better at the EPO – Lack of unity and further searches in the regional phase

Applicants may enter the European regional phase at the European Patent Office (EPO) from a PCT application. The EPO may or may not have acted as the International Searching Authority (ISA) for the PCT application.

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