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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

May 2020
May 2020

Compulsory licences: the key to accessing inventions in the face of coronavirus?

The current coronavirus pandemic provides a unique opportunity for the life sciences sector to invent, and to do so on an international scale. The race is on to develop a vaccine, effective therapies, and accurate tests for the virus required by every country in the world, but such innovat…

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May 2020

CIPA Journal: The UK says goodbye, Germany decides, the UPC says… ?

As widely reported, CIPA was informed on 27 February that the government will no longer seek to participate in the Unitary Patent (‘UP’) or Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) system. Despite the UK government having ratified the UPC Agreement back in April 2018 for many such a decision to pull b…

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May 2020

MIP IP Stars 2020

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2020, comprising the highly recommended IP professionals, has now been published. HGF is delighted to have 13 attorneys listed.

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May 2020

How can you mediate without meeting?

Litigation is inevitable in the current economic climate. However, the perception is that settlement might be more difficult to achieve without face to face meetings or access to ADR. Mediation is one way that disputes can still be settled even if the traditional style mediation in the sam…

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May 2020

G3/19: An end to the saga…

On 14th May the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued its opinion on the questions referred in case G3/19, otherwise known as the ‘Pepper’ case[1]. HGF have been following the case with interest, and attended the original Board of Appeal hearing which lead to the referral.

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May 2020

Opposition case studies

With an increasing number of European patents being granted year on year, freedom to operate for third parties has never been so important. When a patent application is filed at the European Patent Office (EPO), upon grant it becomes a bundle of national patents and subject to national pat…

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May 2020

The Wild East? Protecting trade marks in China

Although China is becoming an increasingly important consumer market, it still has the reputation of being a cheap (counterfeit) production country, with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) being the motor of the Chinese economy.

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April 2020
April 2020

Patenting Computer-Implemented Healthcare Inventions in AI and Machine Learning

With recent advances in computer technology, AI and ML are increasingly being used in products and services for the healthcare industry. Statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organisation also show increasing numbers of AI related patent applications being filed in the Life and M…

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April 2020

Fast track or slow lane: Patent strategy or IP cost control?

The patent application procedure is notoriously slow and driven by fixed deadlines. We are often asked how to speed up the process and also how to slow down the procedure when big costs approach such as validation of a granted European patent.

Fast track or slow lane: Patent strategy or IP cost control? Find out more
April 2020

Knowledge to Money – IP Valuation

HGF has been asked to include intellectual property (IP) valuation as a topic at its IP in Healthcare Conference on a few occasions now. So this article sets out to give you a high level introduction to IP valuation and what you can do to help yourself.

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April 2020

HGF Deadlines and Docketing – 20th May 2020 update

Please contact us to check the deadline of any specific time limit you may need to extend as different rules are applied in each jurisdiction and it is possible there are some legal exceptions. See here for updates based on the situation on Monday 11 May 2020.

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April 2020

Translational Microbiome Conference 2020

Translational Microbiome Conference 2020 will be hosted on 21-24 April with HGF Partner Craig Thomson hosting a panel discussion.

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April 2020

Patenting computer-implemented healthcare inventions in AI and Machine Learning.

WIPR Insights and HGF Limited present: 'Patenting computer-implemented healthcare inventions in AI and Machine Learning'. HGF Patent Director Dr Andrew McGettrick will be presenting a live webinar on 23rd April at 3pm

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April 2020

Chain of Title – The Importance of Getting It Right

Making sure there are no issues with ownership of IP is of crucial importance to any business. The current economic outlook is likely to result in events which require careful management of IP.

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April 2020

UK - Billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus

The Chancellor has announced a new £1.25 billion coronavirus package to protect firms driving innovation in the UK.

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April 2020

The Legal Position on Electronically Executing Documents

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting home working, the issue of whether legal documents can be signed electronically is being asked more frequently by clients. See update by HGF Senior IP Solicitor Chris Robinson

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April 2020

EPO Fees – changes applying from April 2020

The EPO has announced the revised EPO Fees that will apply from 1 April 2020 in its Official Journal. The new amounts will apply to payments made on or after 1 April 2020.

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March 2020
March 2020

Coronavirus update - HGF offices

This page provides information on any HGF office closures that may happen as a result of Corona virus safety measures in Europe and the UK.

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March 2020

HGF wins Scottish “Firm of the Year” for Prosecution at the MIP Awards

We are delighted to announce that HGF won Scottish “Firm of the Year” in the Prosecution category.

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March 2020

The end of the UPC as we know it?

The German Federal Constitutional Court has issued a decision which ruled the German UPCA Ratification Law to be unconstitutional and void. However, the court dismissed the second set of arguments (violation of fundamental democratic rights and the principle of separation of powers) as in…

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March 2020

COVID-19 - CONTRACTUAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

With the increasing volume of cases and extensive media coverage, there is no doubt Covid-19 represents a significant risk to businesses across the globe. Businesses will inevitably be impacted and will need to plan to minimise and mitigate the risks Covid-19 poses to its business continu…

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March 2020

IP in Healthcare Conference 2020

HGF's sixth annual Healthcare Conference reviews the latest intellectual property issues in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical devices sectors.

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