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


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.


UK plans to ratify UPC agreement despite Brexit


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.


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


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.


Beware fraudulent IP invoices


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.


IP transactions: How to manage pending applications


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.


IP transactions: Hybrid or “merged” trademarks


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.


IP and R&D: should you search before research?


IP strategy is best considered at the start of research and development (R&D). The first step is choosing the IP approach to take during product development. Novagraaf’s Mark Suddaby explains the options.


Pharmaceuticals: ingenious, but is it patentable?


In the final of our reports from the AIPPI Annual Congress that took place in Milan in September, we look at IP issues currently facing the pharmaceutical sector. This was an industry much discussed at the event from the possible implications for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) in the UK post-Brexit to new regulations on ‘skinny labels’. Below is an overview of the points..


IP transactions: Managing unregistered or associated IP rights


Few IP ownership transfers solely concern registered IP rights. Unregistered rights and other forms of intangible assets also play a crucial role in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and other forms of IP transactions. We set out the process for managing the transfer of such rights.


Brexit – the uncertainty continues


The AIPPI conference in Milan earlier this month added a last-minute session on Brexit following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The room was packed for the discussion, but what did the panellists think would be the IP implications of the historical vote?