Designs

New UKIPO “IP Access” Fund. Up to £5,000 Intellectual Property Grant Available for SMEs

As part of the UK Government’s strategy to rebound the economy through the success of knowledge-led high skill businesses, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has launched a new IP Access fund as an extension of the existing IP Audit Plus programme. This new fund, which offers grants of up...

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Inadvertently Design-ed Priority Loophole

  For a European design, the European General Court has ruled in T-579/19 it is possible to claim priority from an earlier filed patent, or at least from an international patent application filed under the PCT, up to 12 months from the patent’s date of filing. German company The KaiKai...

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Copyright for Functional Designs: a Bicycle Framework

Create an artistic work and you get 70+ years of protection against unauthorised copying of the work. On the other hand, if you create a product that is not artistic, then you are left with up to 20 years of patent protection to protect the way the product works, and...

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