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  • 19 November 2014

    Government Funded IP Audit applications to be suspended from 31 January 2015

    As reported here the UK Government offers funding up to £3000 inc. VAT for companies to have an ‘IP Audit’.  This popular scheme has meant that applicants can find out much more about what IP they have, what they might have, and what they can do with it – without having to pay anything at all.

    Applications for IP Audits will not be accepted after 31 January 2015 until further notice.  So, now is the time to try to take up this excellent opportunity.  You can apply for an IP Audit only if you are engaged on one of the IPO’s partner support schemes.  They are GrowthAccelerator, Welsh Government, and Scottish Enterprise [including Highlands and Islands Enterprise]. 

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  • 18 November 2014

    IBLF Awards

    Mewburn Ellis is delighted to be involved as a sponsor for the IBLF Awards.  This business competition is aimed at early stage biotech SMEs focusing on a biobased technology or process who would like to raise their profile and gain access resources to springboard their business.

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  • 17 November 2014

    On Your Marks…..OHIM’s New 'Fast –Track' Process

    The Community Trade Mark Office (OHIM) have announced a new “Fast Track” procedure for trade mark applications which will be available from 24 November 2014.  We are advised that it will be provided free of charge.

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  • 12 November 2014

    UK Patent Box to become less generous

    It has been reported that after a dispute with, among others, the German government, the existing UK Patent Box scheme will be changed.  Although the precise details are not yet known, it seems that the scheme will become much less generous.  In particular, it will be changed to focus more strongly on patents directly tied to research and innovation in the UK.

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  • 12 November 2014

    Stays of UK patent litigation proceedings pending the outcome of EPO opposition proceedings

    Recent decisions of the UK Patents Court (Actavis v Pharmacia (2014)) develop the approach of the UK courts to the question of whether, and in what circumstances, the court will grant a stay of UK patent litigation pending the outcome of EPO opposition proceedings.  This is of interest to patent owners seeking to enforce their patents while EPO opposition proceedings are pending.  It is also of interest to parties seeking to “clear the way” of troublesome patents, by relatively fast national revocation proceedings in addition to EPO opposition proceedings, in order to launch a competing product.

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