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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.

IP event: Join us at the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan


Visit us at booth #37 at this year's annual meeting of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in Milan, Italy on 16-20 September.


IP transactions: Recording a change of ownership


In the first part of our in-depth look at the IP assignment process, we set out best practice advice and procedures for smoothing the transition from sales agreement to completion. This time, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out recommended preparations for recording the change of ownership of registered rights.


Changes to terms of reimbursement for EP examination fees


The European Patent Office (EPO) has changed the terms of reimbursement for European Patent (EP) examination fees. Novagraaf’s Philippe Vigand outlines the changes.


IP ownership transfers: Getting your IP rights in order


Intangible assets typically make up more than 50% of the value of a modern business. In some sectors (for example, pharmaceuticals), that percentage is much higher. In general, IP forms the greater part of these assets; it is hardly surprising that purchasers of businesses and their assets should pay careful attention to the process of perfecting ownership of IP rights.


Brexit – what does it mean for your IP rights?


It was predicted to be a close result, yet the British public's vote to 'Brexit' the European Union in yesterday's referendum will still have come as an unwelcome shock to many. It has also led to considerable uncertainty. This will be the first time that a significant member of the EU has left, and there is no detailed mechanism in place yet to structure that exit. What will it mean for IP..


EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for your patent rights?


Britain's self-ejection from Europe in yesterday's referendum will have long-term implications for businesses across the region. We look at the potential effects of the Brexit vote on a company’s European patent rights. (Click here for our update on trademarks)


EU to introduce new regime to protect trade secrets


New legislation represents an attempt to harmonise approach to protecting trade secrets across Europe.


European patents explained


Not to be confused with the upcoming Unitary Patent, the European Patent system provides companies with an important structure for protecting and exploiting inventions in Europe. However, certain requirements must be met if patent holders are to make best use of the system.


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.