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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.

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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First steps to exporting: IP considerations explained

23-01-2017

Novagraaf UK’s Dr Peter Wilson sets out the IP elements to consider when developing or updating an export strategy.

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The answers to the 2016 Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle revealed!

09-01-2017

We received 250 entries to Novagraaf’s 2016 Holiday Puzzle. 85% of all entries matched the figure to the correct brand name, and a lucky winner has been drawn at random.

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The Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle 2016 – enter to win a Fuji Instax camera!

13-12-2016

Here at Novagraaf, we love an IP puzzle, so to celebrate the holiday season, we’ve put together another of our annual trademark teasers. This year, all you need to do is match the figure to the brand name. Get them all right and you’ll be in with a chance to win this year’s prize: a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera.

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Beware fraudulent IP invoices

14-11-2016

Companies posing as trademark registries or authorities are a thorn in the side of trademark owners and trademark offices. We’d like to take this opportunity once again to advise you not to make any payments or provide information to such companies.

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IP transactions: How to manage pending applications

14-11-2016

The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business will inevitably include a number of applications for the registration of trademarks, patents or designs that have yet to be granted. A different approach to transfer is required in such instances, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.

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IP transactions: Hybrid or “merged” trademarks

31-10-2016

Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, it’s not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated IP rights. There’s also the question of combined and/or conflicting brands to consider. Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out the process.

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