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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

December 2014
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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November 2014
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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October 2014
October 2014

Community Trade Mark - Fast Tracking Your Application

The Community Trade Mark Office (‘OHIM’) have announced a new option for applicants wishing to “Fast Track” their Community Trade Mark applications.

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October 2014

Medilink Winter Ball and Awards

The Medilink Awards is the region’s biggest event for celebrating innovation, growth and commercial success of organisations operating in Healthcare Technology and Life Sciences.

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October 2014

Specsavers Wins Back its (Wordless) Logo

A Court of Appeal judgement this week has reinstated Specsavers’ revoked Community trade mark registration for its “Wordless Logo” – that is its mark for two overlapping ellipses.

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October 2014

FDA Issues New Guidelines on Exclusivity for Fixed Dose Combinations

The US Food and Drug Administration “the FDA” has issued new guidelines for determining the eligibility of regulatory market exclusivity for fixed dose combinations.

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October 2014

Testers wanted - UPC prototype e-filing/case management test system goes live

Testers wanted - UPC prototype e-filing/case management test system goes live

A prototype e-filing / case management system for the UPC is now available to test.

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October 2014

Watching your hashtags – how to be legally compliant in social media

Social media provides superb opportunities for brands to promote themselves and engage powerfully with customers and stakeholders in a direct, and meaningful way. However, as many well-publicised cases have shown, it also presents huge bear traps for the unwar…

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October 2014

PTMG 89th Annual Conference

PTMG organises two conferences on pharmaceutical trade marks and related subjects every year, one each in the Spring and Autumn.

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October 2014

AG Opinion on the Spanish Challenge to the UPC - Delayed until 18/11/2014

AG Opinion on the Spanish Challenge to the UPC - Delayed until 18/11/2014

The AG opinion on the Spanish Challenge to the UPC has been delayed until 18/11/2014.

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October 2014

IP in Retail 2014

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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October 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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