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 2015
July 2015

IIPLA Global IP Summit 2015

The International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) Global IP Summit is the next step towards the unification of IP trends worldwide.

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July 2015

IP: What’s on the horizon?

HGF are hosting a breakfast seminar the morning of the University of Sheffield’s Innovation in Healthcare Conference to discuss IP considerations in the healthcare sector.

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July 2015

Medilink Ascend Networking – Innovation

The Ascend Medilink Skills Programme – free training for the Healthcare Technology sector – is now offering a series of networking sessions at unique venues across Sheffield.

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July 2015

Cross Border DNIs Denied on Appeal

The Court of Appeal has set aside a declaration of non-infringement (DNI) in respect of the UK, French, Italian and Spanish designations of a European Patent which the UK High Court granted last May.

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June 2015
June 2015

Socialising the Brand

Partners Michael Varvill and Joanna Lowther will be attending the next TIPLO event: Socialising the Brand - Social Media & Reputation Management.

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June 2015

Unitary Patent Renewal Fees – EPO adopts lowest proposed fees

 Unitary Patent Renewal Fees – EPO adopts lowest proposed fees

The EPO Select Committee (set up to supervise the EPO's activities related to the tasks entrusted to it in the context of unitary patent protection) has endorsed the “Tru…

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June 2015

The Future of the Community Trade Mark

In April the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council reached provisional political agreement on a European trade mark reform package.

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June 2015

Most Outstanding Aerospace Law Firm – UK

HGF is proud to announce that it has recently been awarded Most Outstanding Aerospace Law Firm – UK by the prestigious Innovation & Excellence Awards 2015.

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June 2015

“Everything is AWESOME” for Lego Figure Trade Mark

“Everything is AWESOME” for Lego Figure Trade Mark

In 2000 Lego registered the three-dimensional Community trade marks shown below with OHIM (CTM Nos 000050450 and 000050518) in respect of inter alia, games and playthings…

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June 2015

2015 BIO International Convention

HGF are sending a team of Attorneys to the 2015 BIO International Convention, 15th - 18th June at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

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June 2015

Advocate General finds shape of a Kit Kat chocolate bar is not a trade mark

In principle, European Union trade mark law allows the shape of a product to be registered as a three dimensional trade mark. However, the UK High Court concluded in January 2014 that significant aspects of the application of the law in the UK remained unclear, when considering Nestlé’s at…

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June 2015

PraxisUnico Conference 2015

Dr Richard Williams, Partner of HGF's London Office is attending the PraxisUnico conference to be held in Dublin on 10-12th June 2015.

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June 2015

IQPC Global Patent Strategy Exchange

Chris Moore, Partner of HGF's Birmingham Office and Hsu Min Chung, Partner of HGF's London Office will be attending the IQPC Global Patent Strategy Exchange in Dublin 9th-10th June 2015.

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June 2015

Women in Law Awards 2015

The Lawyer Monthly in Law Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe

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May 2015
May 2015

Defensive domain name registrations: should brands be sucked in?

An article in Trademarks & Brands Online, discussing whether changing consumer practices and the evolution of social media platforms means that brands should re-evaluate the potential impact of the new .sucks gTLD

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May 2015

2016 for the first Unitary Patents?

2016 for the first Unitary Patents?

There have been a number of noteworthy news items in the last few weeks that all point towards the future of the proposed Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court drawing …

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May 2015

Fuel Cell Industry and Patent Overview 2015 Report Launch

HGF, in partnership with Blue Vine Consultants, is pleased to announce the publication of their new Fuel Cell Industry and Patent Overview 2015 Report.

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May 2015

UPC – Preparatory Committee Proposes Court Fees

UPC – Preparatory Committee Proposes Court Fees

Over 2 years after the Agreement on the Unitary Patent Court was signed, the Preparatory Committee has published proposed Court fees and launched a public consultation on…

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May 2015

All Energy Exhibition and Conference 2015

All-Energy serves the whole of the renewable energy industry, and with 450+ exhibitors from 20 countries it's more far reaching than ever.

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May 2015

ECJ clears the way for the unitary patent

ECJ clears the way for the unitary patent

Yesterday the ECJ delivered two judgments which both dismissed Spain’s actions trying to annul the regulations forming part of the unitary patent.

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May 2015

INTA 2015 – 137th Annual Meeting

With the increasing importance of trademarks and brands to consumers, companies and the global economy, it is no surprise that the INTA Annual Meeting continues to grow. More than 9,500 trademark professionals from 150 countries have already registered for the…

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