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2nd July 2021
IAM Patent 1000 2021

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …

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1st July 2021
G1/21 hearing at the EPO – July

G1/21 hearing continues on 2nd July 2021. Follow this page for updates from HGF Partner Douglas Drysdale and Patent Director Ellie Purnell, who will be reporting all the key moments …

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22nd June 2021
EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G4/19 – a European patent application can be refused by reason of the prohibition on double patenting

The European Patent Office today confirmed in Decision G4/19 of the Enlarged board of Appeal that a European patent application can be refused for ‘double patenting’.  Such a refusal can …

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17th June 2021
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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14th June 2021
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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11th June 2021
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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27th May 2021
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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7th May 2021
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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23rd March 2021
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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