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News about patents

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.

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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Know your worth: Understanding brand value

13-02-2017

A recognisable and trusted brand name is a powerful asset with clear benefits in terms of customer loyalty, goodwill, market share and reputation. Companies work hard to build the status of their brand and product names, yet it can be a challenge to accurately quantify a brand’s value, and the role played by intangible assets, such as trademarks, designs, goodwill and know-how.

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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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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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Concerned about ‘poisonous’ EP divisionals? Good news from the EPO

13-12-2016

European Patent Office (EPO)’s Board of Appeal issues decision G1/15 on partial priorities, defusing concerns over ‘poisonous’ and ‘toxic’ European Patent (EP) divisionals.

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UK plans to ratify UPC agreement despite Brexit

29-11-2016

The UK government announced plans yesterday (28 November) to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement and set up a divisional court in London despite fears Brexit would halt negotiations.

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IP event: visit us at IP Service World 2016 in Munich

15-11-2016

Visit us at booth #23 at Europe’s largest annual IP Congress and Trade Fair in Munich, Germany on 21 and 22 November 2016, or join one of the two roundtable discussions that are hosted by Novagraaf.

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