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

September 2015
September 2015

2015 BioCap Conference

This not to be missed conference will develop relationships with potential partners for your business, allow you to understand further the funding landscape and show your support for the North of England life science cluster.

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September 2015

Northern Star Business Awards 2015

The 2015 date has been announced for the North-east of Scotland's leading business awards ceremony.

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September 2015

SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition

SPE Offshore Europe is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America.

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September 2015

Global IP & Innovation Summit 2015

The fourth annual MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit in Shanghai takes an in-depth look at the most recent developments in IP enforcement at the specialised court, online infringements, licensing, patent-filing, trade mark protection and IP monetisation from ar…

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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

"Long-Felt Want” soothes Leo’s irritation and helps psoriasis patent to be found inventive

The Court of Appeal in Teva UK Ltd & Anor v Leo Pharma A/S [2015] EWCA Civ 779 (28 July 2015) has reversed a 2014 High Court decision.

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July 2015

Can use of Community Trade Mark in one country constitute genuine use...a UK judge thinks not

Sofa Workshop Limited, a furniture retailer brought a claim against Sofaworks Limited, another UK retailer of furniture, alleging that Sofaworks use of the SOFAWORKS trade mark infringed two Community Trade Mark Registrations (“CTMs") for SOFA WORKSHOP and that Sofaworks had passed itself …

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July 2015

Waiving the right to a further communication under Rule 71(3) EPC

When the EPO informs the applicant of the text in which it intends to grant the European patent, applicants may approve the text, disapprove the text or file amendments or corrections.

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July 2015

Italy to Join Unitary Patent

Italy to Join Unitary Patent

Italy have formally given notification to the Council of the European Union of its intention to participate in the unitary patent.

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July 2015

Injunctions and SEPs: A Battle of Willingness

In the latest case before the CJEU concerning standard essential patents (SEPs) and anti-competitive behaviours (Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd v ZTE Corp., ZTE Deutschland GmbH C-170/13), the CJEU has set out the particular circumstances under which bringing an action for a prohibitory injun…

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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

Court of Appeal upholds Lilly’s appeal against the DNIs granted to Actavis for its pemetrexed products

Court of Appeal upholds Lilly’s appeal against the DNIs granted to Actavis for its pemetrexed products

The Court of Appeal, with Floyd LJ giving the leading Judgment, has set aside UK, French, Spanish and Italian declarations of non-infringement (“DNIs”) in respect of Acta…

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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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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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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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