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

July 2014
July 2014

ITMA Trade Mark Figures Update

The HGF trade mark practice has continued to grow over the past year as evidenced by recent trade mark filing figures published by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (‘ITMA’) and is now one of the largest trade mark practices in the United Kingdom and across the whole of the European Un…

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July 2014

Considerations in Light of New Patent Laws in New Zealand

The New Zealand Patents Act 2013 will commence fully on 13 September 2014 the following Client alert discusses the changes and reviews any actions you might wish to take in light of the changes.

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July 2014

A Closer Look at the IP Act 2014

A Closer Look at the IP Act 2014

The Intellectual Property Act received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Following on from our previous posts on the subject, our HGF Law Partners Martyn Fish and Antony Go…

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July 2014

No Genuine Demand: UKIPO Fast Track Examination of Trade Marks will not be re-introduced

No Genuine Demand: UKIPO Fast Track Examination of Trade Marks will not be re-introduced

The UKIPO has published its Response document: Fast track examination of trade marks. It indicates the government’s intention not to reintroduce this service, based on …

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July 2014

UKSPA 30th Anniversary Summit

Since 1984, UKSPA has encouraged the development of Science Parks, Innovation Centres, Innovation-led Incubators and other supportive environments across a wide range of technology and knowledge sectors.

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July 2014

A Retail Store Layout May be Registered as a Trade Mark

The CJEU has confirmed the representation of the layout of a retail store, such as an ‘Apple’ flagship store may, subject to certain conditions, be registered as a trade mark; provided the representation is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of ot…

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July 2014

Changes to UK Design Law and the Intellectual Property Act 2014

Changes to UK Design Law and the Intellectual Property Act 2014

The Intellectual Property Act received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. The Act includes measures that will help clarify and modernise the Intellectual Property framework …

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July 2014

Cycle of Care: Medical Futures Symposium

Business people from across the globe will witness the strength of Sheffield City Region’s medical technology sector first-hand when the International Business Festival comes to the region as part of the Tour de France Grand Dèpart.

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July 2014

Latest on the Spanish Challenge to the Unitary Patent for Europe

Latest on the Spanish Challenge to the Unitary Patent for Europe

The case Spain v Parliament and Council, challenging the validity of the proposed unitary patent regime, was heard on 1 July 2014. As previously reported, this challenge…

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July 2014

A SHOCKING PINK AFFAIR - “Global Pink War” continues

A SHOCKING PINK AFFAIR - “Global Pink War” continues

A SHOCKING PINK AFFAIR - “Global Pink War” continues as Thomas Pink and Victoria’s Secret reunite in UK court room.

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June 2014
June 2014

IP Audits Plus 2014 – Grants to Assist SMEs Develop their IP Strategy

IP Audits Plus 2014 – Grants to Assist SMEs Develop their IP Strategy

Funding for the 2015/15 IP Audits Plus programme is now available for SMEs, to provide support in respect of IP management, commercialisation and marketing.

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June 2014

5th Member State to Ratify the UPC Agreement - Denmark

5th Member State to Ratify the UPC Agreement - Denmark

News from the Council of the EU shows that Denmark is the 5th member state to deposit its instrument of ratification on the Unified Patent Court agreement.

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June 2014

2014 BIO International Convention

The world’s largest biotechnology gathering, the BIO Exhibition allows exhibitors to reach high-level executives and influential decision makers who go to BIO to discover new players in the industry, form partnerships and evaluate emerging technologies.

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June 2014

Alice v CLS Bank: Are Business Methods Mere Abstract Ideas in U.S. Patent Law?

On 19th June 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down an eagerly anticipated judgment in the case of Alice Corp. v CLS Bank International (Ruling 13-298). The Alice patents, directed to a computer-implemented financial settlement system, were found to be excluded from patentability as an abs…

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June 2014

Karen Millen Fashions CJEU Case Nears Conclusion

Karen Millen Fashions CJEU Case Nears Conclusion

This Thursday will see the conclusion of a court case which has rumbled on for nearly eight years, as the CJEU decision in Karen Millen Fashions Case C-345/13 will be pub…

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June 2014

IP Crime Highlight Report 2013/14

IP Crime Highlight Report 2013/14

The UK IP Crime Group, founded by the UKIPO, has published an interim report, highlighting its work to date in 2013/14. The main report will follow later in the year.

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June 2014

Belgium - 4th to Ratify the UPC Agreement

Belgium - 4th to Ratify the UPC Agreement

News from the Council of the EU - Belgium is the 4th member state to deposit its instrument of ratification on the Unified Patent Court agreement.

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June 2014

Sweden Deposits Instrument of Ratification for UPC Agreement

Sweden Deposits Instrument of Ratification for UPC Agreement

Sweden has become the 3rd member state to officially ratify the agreement on the proposed Unified Patent Court, following on from France and Austria.

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May 2014
May 2014

2 steps forward, 1 step back – are we really any closer to the first Unitary Patent?

2 steps forward, 1 step back – are we really any closer to the first Unitary Patent?

It’s been a busy week for the unitary patent with news that both Denmark and Sweden have taken the required legal steps to move towards formal ratification of the UPC agr…

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May 2014

Dosage Regimen Patent Found Obvious

In the case, Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) v Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar RT [2014] EWHC 1666 (Pat) (22 May 2014), Mylan brought a claim for a declaration that Richter’s European Patent (UK) no. 1 448 207 B1 entitled "Dosage Regimen and Pharmaceutical Composition for Emergency Contracept…

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May 2014

UK Court grants cross border declaration of non-infringement

The UK high court has granted a declaration of non-infringement (DNI) in respect of the UK, French, Italian and Spanish designations of a European Patent.

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May 2014

9th Convergent Technology Showcase & Conference 2014

HGF are sponsoring the 9th Convergent Technologies Showcase & Conference at Stirling Management Centre on 14th May.

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May 2014

INTA’s 136th Annual Meeting

HGF are sending a team of Attorneys to INTA’s 136th Annual Meeting to be held in Hong Kong 10th-14th May 2014.

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