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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

August 2020
August 2020

International Beer Day 2020

International Beer Day is on 7 August 2020, so lets raise a cheers and look at some of the trade mark issues in this ever expanding industry.

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August 2020

UK will not participate in the UPC

On 20 July 2020, it was announced that the UK had made its final preparation to withdraw from the Unified Patent Court project.

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July 2020
July 2020

G1 19 hearing at the EPO

Follow this page for the updates from G1 19 hearing at the EPO in Munich on 15th July 2020. HGF Partners Dr Chris Benson and Bernhard Ganahl will be reporting all the key moments throughout the day and will provide a round up after the hearing both in English …

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July 2020

Webinar: Attracting Big Pharma to the Microbiome Field

HGF Partners Craig Thomson and Dr Andrew Wells will be presenting a webinar on 'Attracting Big Pharma to the Microbiome Field' on 8th July.

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July 2020

The European Patent Institute (epi) Webinar series - “Case Law Online“

HGF Partner Leythem Wall will be presenting a webinar on “Priority” on 1st July and on “Clarity” on 8th July.

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June 2020
June 2020

IAM Patent 1000 2020

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2020 guide has now been published. HGF has 14 attorneys listed.

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June 2020

IP considerations in COVID-19 vaccine development: tensions and tools

HGF Partner Dr Leena Contarino and Senior Patent Attorney Ellie Purnell discuss the perceived tension between patent protection and information sharing at a time of need for collaboration and speed, and suggest that, as evidenced by the Ebola vaccine campaign, patent protection, informatio…

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June 2020

Co-Existence Agreements – The Importance of Getting Them Right

A co-existence agreement allows businesses to trade using the same (or similar) mark, but with certain agreed restrictions, such as geographical constraints where a mark can be used. For example – one party may be able to sell under the mark in Europe, and another can sell under the mark i…

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June 2020

A virtual success – experiences with online hearings

To assist with the continued operation of civil proceedings during the COVID-19 crisis, the courts have been allowing parties to conduct trials and hearings remotely. Given social distancing and the uncertainty of when courts and offices are due to reopen, remote hearings could represent a…

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June 2020

COVID-19 licensing challenges

The taking of new therapies and technologies forward to meet the challenges of COVID-19 is happening at previously unprecedented rates. MHRA is taking flexible approaches to regulation during the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes providing expedited scientific advice, and rapid reviews of c…

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June 2020

UK Supreme Court invalidates Regeneron’s transgenic mouse patents for lack of sufficiency

In its long-awaited judgment on the dispute over patents for transgenic mice, the UK Supreme Court has held by a majority (Lady Black dissenting) that Regeneron’s patents are invalid for a lack of sufficiency (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (Respondent) v Kymab Ltd (Appellant) [2020] UKSC …

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June 2020

In times of crisis necessity is the mother of all invention

The trouble with emergencies is they leave little time to develop normal working relationships and collaborations.

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June 2020

Keep calm and carry your brand through the COVID-19 crisis

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented and dramatic impact on people and businesses internationally. The measures that have been put in place to contain the spread of the virus are the most significant restrictions since World War Two, with the economic impact as yet unce…

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June 2020

A look at the WIPO coronavirus tools

On the 23rd April, WIPO announced it was launching a specific search platform to aid researchers in searching for inventions that could be helpful in the current Covid-19 pandemic.The search platform is part of WIPO’s established ‘PATENTSCOPE’ online search database that allows users to lo…

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June 2020

FT - Europe's leading patent law firms 2020

HGF has been ranked in Gold “very frequently recommended” for Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Electrical Engineering Silver for “ frequently recommended” for Mechanical Engineering Biotechnology & Food And Bronze “recommended” for Materials & Nanotechnology

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June 2020

The IoT & Industry 4.0 Online Conference & Exhibition

The IoT & Industry 4.0 Online Conference & Exhibition will be held on 16th June with HGF Partner Jason Lessard presenting.

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