Legal Updates

How to Protect your Designs post Brexit

  The UK’s transitional arrangement with the EU in the wake of its formal exit finally came to an end on 31st December 2020. Companies who have previously relied on registered and unregistered European Community designs to protect their products in the UK now find themselves having to adapt to...

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UK Address for Service Changes following Brexit

  There have been many important changes to IP due to Brexit, as outlined in our recent update. As mentioned in this update, one important change relates to the way in which the UK-IPO will communicate with IP rights owners. IP rights owners will need to be attentive to these...

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UPC – Pushing Forward and Back

  The European Patent Office (EPO) is, at the time of publication, predicting the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent (UP) system will come into force at the beginning of 2022. With a year left before the start date anticipated by the EPO, we have reviewed the current state...

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Brexit Update 01/01/2021

The UK has now left the EU, following a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020. This means that EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) and Registered Community Designs (RCDs) no longer offer protection in the UK. Here we explore the mechanisms that are in place to protect these IP rights as well as the other headline Brexit issues. We continue...

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The European Patent Office Boards of Appeal to enforce new rules on hearing attendance.

The European Patent Office Boards of Appeal have announced that from 1 January 2021 they will be able to insist that parties attend an appeal hearing by video conference. At present, appeal hearings can be held by video conference rather than in person, but only if all parties agree. If...

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