Sector group

Electronics

With R&D at its heart, advanced technologies are amongst the most innovative and fast-moving sectors in the global economy.

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Challenges in the sector span innovation in the digital economy, software protection, the rapid emergence of artificial intelligence, and standards essential patents (SEPs), all of which are aimed at creating value from associated IP strategies, with portfolios that can be valued in their billions.

With more than 40 electronics attorneys, the HGF electronics group understands the market trends and competitive landscape of the global electronics industry, given our expertise across telecommunications, AI, computing, electronic engineering and physics, and our wide-ranging experience in industry and academic research. This, combined with our diverse client base across the sector, ensures we’re at the forefront of new technology and its interface with IP throughout the world, maximising commercial impact and pushing the limits of patent protection. As such, the strength of our electronics attorneys enables us to field experts across the full spectrum of advanced technologies to deliver excellence with a high commercial impact. In addition, our electronics attorneys work closely with our IP lawyers in relation to agreements such as software development, IP licensing, SaaS and escrow, and litigation.

Latest updates

HGF ranked in the Financial Times special report 2021

HGF has been ranked in the Financial Times special report ‘Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms’ published on the 17th June 2021. More than 10,000 patent attorneys working in patent law …

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Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars & Firm Rankings 2021

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2021, comprising the highly recommended IP professionals, has now been published. HGF is delighted to have 14 European attorneys listed. IP STARS is the leading …

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HGF continues its European expansion with the opening of a new business in France

HGF launched the next phase of its European expansion with the opening of its new business in France based in its 22nd European office, in Rennes, France. The office will …

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G1/21 hearing at the EPO

Follow this page for the updates from G1/21 hearing at the EPO on 28th May 2021. HGF Partners Dr Chris Moore and Douglas Drysdale will be reporting all the key …

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This is not just any caterpillar...

It would have been difficult to miss the recent news that Marks & Spencer has filed trade mark infringement proceedings against German discounter Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake. The filing …

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EPO continues oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition during pendency of referral G 1/21

The EPO Boards of Appeal took the decision that from the start of 2021, all Boards of Appeal oral proceedings could be held by videoconference, even if the parties to …

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Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 February 2021 concerning the amendment of Rules 19 and 143 EPC

From 1 April 2021, inventors will no longer be notified by the EPO about being named in a patent application. In addition, applicants will no longer be required to indicate …

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Patentability of Computer Simulations in Europe (G 01/19)

The long expected decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G 01/19) has been announced by the EPO. The decision relates to the question whether computer simulations can be patented …

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