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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.

EU sets out its vision for IP post-Brexit


The European Commission has published a position paper on IP rights (including geographical indications) post-Brexit. The document, circulated to the remaining 27 EU member states ahead of a meeting on 7 September, sets out five “general principles” for negotiations with the UK.


Should you mark your products with patent and design numbers?


The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has issued new business guidance on the marking of products protected by registered design rights. As of 1 October 2017, registered design owners in the UK can mark their products with links to an internet site, allowing the relevant data to be updated more accurately. But what about rights outside the UK? We look at the benefits and pitfalls of..


China seeks to streamline patent filings


The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China has introduced new rules to streamline patent applications and to reduce the backlog of patent filings currently sitting with SIPO examiners. The regulations were introduced in response to the Central Government’s call for an improved business environment, streamlined procedures for administrative approval and..


Fusing corporate brands: the IP implications of growth through M&A


Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, the challenge for IP professionals is not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated rights – there is also the question of combined or conflicting brands.


Further delays to implementation of Unitary Patent


Brexit, the UK's snap general election and challenges at Germany's Constitutional Court have further delayed the timetable for the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Preparatory Committee 'hopeful' that it will enter into force in early 2018, but further delays could well occur.


What's next for the Unitary Patent?


Brexit and now the forthcoming UK general election looks set to further delay the UK’s ratification of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) system, pushing further back the projected date for its implementation. We look at the progress to date...


IP and business potential


Patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of intellectual property (IP) play a key role in the success of all modern businesses. By providing a company with a legal means to prevent others from copying an invention, brand or product, IP rights enable inventors and creators to obtain a return on their investments in research and development, and to maximise the potential of their businesses,..


IP in M&A: 5 steps to finesse the process


In the last instalment of our series setting out best practice for the transfer of IP ownership, we looked at potential pitfalls and problems to solve during the transfer of IP assets. In this article, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand outlines five steps for recording the change of ownership of a registered IP portfolio.


Wubbo de Boer


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.


Time for a spring clean of your IP portfolio?


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.