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

Gender diversity at the UPC

In Europe, women remain grossly under-represented in research and innovation. A recent study by the European Patent Office (EPO) found that only 13.2% of inventors in Europe are women. The …

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Oral Proceedings by videoconference (VICO) in oppositions proceedings to become permanent

The pilot project for oral proceedings in opposition proceedings by video conference (VICO) started during the pandemic and has received positive feedback.[1] The President of the EPO has therefore declared …

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Comparing the value of European vs Unitary Patent Validation

The EPO’s European patent system is on the brink of the biggest change in a generation – from 2023 it is expected that a new unitary patent (UP) will become …

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EPO sets start of Unitary Patent transitional measures as 1 January 2023

The EPO has announced that it intends to adjust the start date of its transitional measures for Unitary Patents (UP) to 1 January 2023. From that date, applicants who have …

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World Cup 2022 and its IP issues

The countdown is on to the FIFA World Cup 2022, being held in Qatar, with the hosts taking on Ecuador in the opening game on 20 November. The FIFA World …

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Fashionably IP - podcast exploring hot topics in the world of fashion and intellectual property

We are delighted to launch our new Fashionably IP Podcast were we will be looking at important hot topics in the world of fashion and intellectual property. In the podcast, …

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HGF book chapter - 'Winning with IP: Managing Intellectual Property Today'

HGF Attorney at Law, Olivia Petter, has contributed to a new book ‘Winning with IP: Managing Intellectual Property Today’. Olivia has written a chapter called ‘Brands and designs for web3’. …

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Event - 1st December 2022

HGF's IP in Retail Conference London 2022

HGF’s annual IP in Retail Conference will take place in London at St Paul’s (etc.venues) on the 1st December. This year’s theme is TECHNOLOGY, THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE CHALLENGES FOR …

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