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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

April 2018
April 2018

Ledger tech to help solve IP problems – Raconteur report in The Times

As originally seen in ‘Ledger tech to help solve IP problems’ published by Raconteur media on Friday 20th April in The Times.

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April 2018

IPTA Annual Conference

Lee Curtis will be speaking at the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) Annual Conference in Melbourne between 18th and 21st April 2018.

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April 2018

Scoping Out Patents in the Microbiome Arena

HGF Partner Craig Thomson will be co-hosting a workshop with Mark Fitzgerald, David Resnick and Allan Cohen of Nixon Peabody LLP ‏at the 4th translational Microbiome conference in Boston 18-20th April 2018

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April 2018

HGF present at UC San Diego School of Medicine

HGF Partners, Craig Thomson and Lucy Johnson will be presenting a Masterclass in Developing an IP strategy for your business: a European Perspective at the Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, UC San Diego School of Medicine

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March 2018
March 2018

IP in Healthcare Conference 2018

Join us for the latest updates on intellectual property issues in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, and medical device fields at HGF's fourth annual IP in Healthcare Conference.

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March 2018

Key IP Provisions Agreed in Brexit Draft Agreement

The Draft Agreement for the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union has been published, with highlighting to mark up the progress made in the negotiation round with the UK of 16-19 March 2018.

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March 2018

IQPC Global IP Exchange Europe 2018

HGF Partners, Craig Thomson and Lucy Johnson, will be attendings this year's Global IP Exchange Europe being held at the Estrel Hotel in Berlin from 12th - 14th March 2018.

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March 2018

Retail Week General Counsel 2018

HGF Legal Director Tom Nener will be co-presenting with Robin Wilson, Managing Partner from McCann Manchester at Retail Week General Counsel 2018.

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March 2018

Medilink Northern Powerhouse Healthcare Business Awards 2018

HGF are proud sponsors of the Innovation Award at the Medilink UK 2018 Awards. This year the event moves to Manchester and will take place on 7th March at the Lowry Hotel.

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March 2018

EPO Annual Report – 2017 a positive year for patents in Europe

The EPO annual report (out 7 March 2018) shows a continued rise in patent applications at the EPO. The EPO received nearly 166 000 European patent applications in 2017, an increase of +3.9% and an all-time high.

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March 2018

When filing your trade mark applications, beware someone is watching you!

HGF have recently become aware that third parties are scanning the online trade mark registers from the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and potentially other trade mark registers and proceeding to register domain names for, or in…

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March 2018

Hyperlinking – Copyright implications

In recent months, there have been a number of Court of Justice of the European Union decisions relating to the copyright implications of hyperlinking.

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March 2018

Craig Thomson mentors BioExel program in Galway

HGF Partner Craig Thomson is delighted to have been selected as a mentor for the BioExel program in Galway providing expert advice on Intellectual Property.

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February 2018
February 2018

Cambodia (KH) to recognise European Patents as National Patents

From 1 March 2018, at the applicant's request, it will be possible to designate Cambodia as a “validation state” in European patent applications.

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February 2018

Emerging innovation

HGF Partner Craig Thomson discusses innovation in emerging fields such as bacteriophage therapeutics, and the challenges of protection in these areas.

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February 2018

Managing IP EMEA Awards 2018

HGF are delighted to be shortlisted for Trade Mark Prosecution in England, Wales & Scotland by Managing IP ahead of the Managing IP EMEA Awards 2018.

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February 2018

UKIPO and EPO Fees – changes applying from April 2018

Official fees for patent applications at both the UKIPO and EPO will be changing from April 2018. In some cases, applicants may want to consider the timing for paying fees in relation to applications to maximise any opportunities to pay lower official fees. If you would like advice on thi…

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February 2018

Clarivate Analytics 2017 - Top 100 Global Innovators

Clarvite Analytics 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators results have been published and HGF are delighted to be listed as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators Law firms.

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February 2018

Swiss Nordic Bio

Patent Director Marie-Louise Jardle will be attending Swiss Nordic Bio in Switzerland on 8th February 2018.

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February 2018

Second AG Opinion on Christian Louboutin Red Sole Trade Mark

Advocate General Szpunar Opinion: a trade mark combining colour and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds that the trade mark at issue gives substantial value to the goods.

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February 2018

EPO – registration of transfer of the European patent application – proof of authority

The European Patent Office (EPO) is seeking more documentary proof of a signatory’s authority for the registration of patent transfers. Please note, this practice is specific to assignments of a European patent application itself.

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