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.
Health-tracking technology: the new patent battleground?
The dispute between two leading providers of fitness trackers took another leap forward last week, after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) invalidated the last of the patents that AliphCom Inc’s Jawbone claimed had been infringed by its rival Fitbit Inc.
UK finalises legislation to introduce the Unitary Patent and Court
The amends to the UK Patents Act to give effect to the Unitary Patent Agreement and EU legislation have now been published. The legislation takes the form of Statutory Instrument (2016 No. 388) and will come into force when the UPC Agreement comes into force. The exact implementation date is still to be confirmed.
Capturing value: IP as a driver for investment
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,..
UK IPO takes on patent and trademark renewal scammers
The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has successfully taken action against a company trading as Intellectual Property Agency Limited (IPAL), which was writing to patent and trademark owners as if representing the UK IPO, reminding registrants of the need to renew their rights and requesting a fee.
Time for an IP detox?
The new year is generally a good time to step back and assess whether the IP rights in your portfolio are adding value to your business, but where should you begin?
Novagraaf London is moving office
As of 11 January 2016, Novagraaf’s London team will be be based at new offices in Aldgate, central London. Our telephone and fax numbers will not change.
IP resolutions: preparing for the Unitary Patent
2016 is looking like a big year for patent owners with the launch of the Unitary Patent and associated patent courts. But don't worry if you haven't had a chance to fully consider the implications of the new European patent system to your business yet. We set out the answers to some frequently asked questions.
IPO alerted to new UK patent and trademark renewal scam
The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a warning this week after it was made aware that a Latvian company was planning to use the IPO’s own trading name on renewal 'reminder' letters asking for money for renewing UK patents and trademarks. The IPO has advised all patent and trademark owners who are due to renew their patents and trademarks in the coming months to be..
Novagraaf launches UK patent helpdesk
New complimentary Patent Desk service provides companies with specialist guidance on obtaining and protecting patent rights.
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