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News about designs

Businesses seeking IP protection for new products will generally focus first on patent or trademark rights; however, for certain products, design rights can provide a simpler and more cost-effective route to protection. Registering an innovative shape or a unique appearance as a design right will enable you to take action if another party introduces a similar product in your marketplace. This section sets out relevant and interesting developments in the field of designs and models law.

Wubbo de Boer

21-04-2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Wubbo de Boer, until recently Chairman of Novagraaf’s Supervisory Board, has passed away. A well-respected figure in the IP industry, Wubbo was President of EUIPO from 2000 to 2010, and member of Novagraaf's Supervisory Board from 2011 until the beginning of this year.

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Time for a spring clean of your IP portfolio?

13-04-2017

Most of us approach the Easter break with resolutions to spring clean our homes, sort out our gardens or otherwise declutter our lives, and our working lives are not much different. Busy desks and inboxes, meetings and to-do lists; it's no wonder that we often leave the 'big' projects for quieter times.

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Preparing for an IPO? Don’t overlook your IP assets

31-03-2017

IP isn’t always the first priority for a business preparing for an initial public offering (IPO); however, the sooner you start thinking about your IP assets, the better prepared you’ll be, says Alastair Rawlence.

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IP transfers: potential pitfalls and problems to solve

21-03-2017

The quality of IP record management will tend to come front of centre during the transfer of a portfolio. As part of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand looks at potential issue and problems to solve during portfolio take-overs.

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IP Event: Join us at IP Paris, 16 March

13-03-2017

What is the role of the Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and how can IP heads add value to their companies? This is the crux of the subject matter under discussion at the forthcoming IP Paris event on Thursday 16 March.

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Are your IP contracts in order?

07-03-2017

Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others. We round..

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IP recordals: An administrative burden for in-house teams

15-02-2017

The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business can be a time-consuming and costly exercise. However, there are steps that a company can take to facilitate the process and take the pressure off in-house teams, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.

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Paragon Partners invests in future growth of IP provider Novagraaf

31-01-2017

Novagraaf announced today its collaboration with Paragon Partners, a Munich-based private equity company that is investing into Novagraaf by taking a majority stake from current investor Gilde Buy Out Partners. This investment represents a major endorsement of Novagraaf’s plans to grow its business by investing further into its people, services and technologies, while meeting the changing..

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Brexit – what does it mean for your IP rights?

24-01-2017

As the UK's Supreme Court rules by 8 votes to 3 that the government cannot trigger article 50 without an act of parliament, we recap the potential implications of the UK's exit from Europe for businesses' IP rights.

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Fashion’s high stakes: the role of IP

24-01-2017

The copying of fashion and clothing designs is so endemic it appears almost accepted. But, a designer’s creative output is their intellectual property and should be protected as such, argues trademark attorney Alastair Rawlence. He sets out tools for protection.

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