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 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.
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?