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New products and ideas are born every day. Technology is developing very fast in all sectors. Look at the rapid developments in the market for mobile phone devices or at the advances in the field of healthcare, for example, or the enormous investments and developments in biotechnology and the new focus on sustainability in the motor industry. Not only are these interesting developments to follow, but also they are increasingly being accompanied by a discussion about the ownership of patents in general. These are all things that concern us and which we would like to share with you. For the latest news stories, see below.

The Unitary Patent: What does it mean for you?


The Unitary Patent took another step closer to implementation this month, following rejection of Spain’s objections to the Europe-wide patent right on 5 May. Eric Siecker, Managing Director, Patents for Novagraaf in the UK, outlines the implications of the ruling and advises companies to start thinking now about how the new right could affect and benefit them.


Leading IP expert Eric Siecker joins Novagraaf as UK head of patents


The Novagraaf Group announced today that leading intellectual property (IP) professional Eric Siecker had joined its UK operations as Managing Director, Patents. Formerly, Corporate Counsel at the Caterpillar Inc group of companies, Siecker brings considerable experience in all aspects of IP law and practice to the Novagraaf team, with a particular focus on patents, know-how, confidential..


What do our customers say about us?


At the end of 2014, Novagraaf conducted a customer satisfaction survey from its main offices in all five European countries. Novagraaf received an average customer satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10. A good result and an even better one than we received when we last undertook the survey in 2012. Respondents told us that they consider Novagraaf to be a reliable organisation, customer-oriented..


Time for a spring clean?


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.


Novagraaf teams up with WISE on IP and sports


As part of a collaboration, Novagraaf will run an IP-focused workshop and seminar at Work in Sports Exhibition (WISE), which will take place in Lausanne, the Olympic capital, on 6-7 May.


First steps to exporting: IP considerations explained


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


Novagraaf UK patent and trademark practices recommended in Legal 500


The patent and trademark practices of Intellectual Property (IP) consultancy Novagraaf UK have been recognised for their expertise in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500. The work of Trademark Practice Head, Tom Farrand has also been recommended in this year’s publication, alongside Patent Attorneys Dr Oliver Harris and Dr Peter Wilson, and Trademark Attorney Michael Freeman.


The sound of silence: Beats and Bose settle headphone patent dispute


Infringement suit brought by audio equipment manufacturer Bose in July accused Beats of copying five of its patents for noise-cancelling technology.


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


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.


1 October: changes to UK design and patent law come into force


This week sees the introduction of a number of changes to design and patent law practice in the UK.