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Pick the brains of our IP experts at the Southern Manufacturing exhibition, February 2018
Tue 30th Jan 2018

Page White and Farrer will be exhibiting at the UK’s largest regional manufacturing and technology exhibition at the brand new, state of the art FIVE facility in Farnborough from 6-8 February 2018. A team of IP experts will be available to speak to and attendees can enter a free draw to win the latest Amazon Echo. Read more

 

Yorkshire Computing Network debate: ‘Is artificial intelligence outsmarting the law?’
Thu 25th Jan 2018

Patent attorney, and AI specialist, Virginia Driver will be speaking at an event held by the Yorkshire Computing Network at Leeds University on Thursday 8 February from 3pm-6pm. The event will explore the implications of artificial intelligence for the legal profession and how the regulatory framework needs to develop to embrace the potential of cognitive technologies. Read more

 

18 January – Virginia Driver to discuss how UK SMEs can become leaders in innovation, research and development
Fri 12th Jan 2018

Virginia Driver will be taking part in a panel discussion at a free seminar in London on Thursday 18 January, which asks the question ‘Can UK SMEs become leaders in innovation, research and development?’ Read more

 

A guide to The Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Wed 13th Dec 2017

With the UK government set to ratify The Hague System by 31 March 2018 in an effort to ensure UK companies have access to it, and some business feeling uneasy with the future post-Brexit, Virginia Driver, patent attorney at Page White and Ian Whitfield, associate patent attorney, give an overview of the system. Read more

 

2017 Genesis Conference: ‘from bio-innovation to health and wealth delivery in tomorrow’s world’
Mon 11th Dec 2017

This year marks the 17th annual Genesis conference. Page White and Farrer will be attending this event at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London on the 14th December 2017. Dr Roona Deb and Dr Shusuke Ono from the life sciences team will be located at stand 39 to discuss all manner of topics under the overarching theme of this year’s conference: ‘from bio-innovation to health and wealth delivery in tomorrow’s world’. Read more

 

Patentability of user interfaces
Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Following the revised guidance which makes changes to all eight parts of the previous European Patent Office guidelines on 1 November 2017, Martyn Townsend, patent attorney at Page White and Farrer takes a closer look at the patentability of user interfaces. Read more

 

Olaf Ungerer to chair Freedom to Operate (FTO) seminars
Thu 2nd Nov 2017

Olaf Ungerer, European patent attorney at Page White and Farrer Germany will be chairing a series of seminars (conducted in German) about Freedom to Operate (FTO) called ‘Die FTO-Analyse effizient und zielgerichtet durchführen’. Read more

 

AIPLA Annual Meeting 2017 – 19-21 October 2017
Fri 13th Oct 2017

Martyn Townsend will be attending the 2017 American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) annual meeting on 19-21 October. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC and will mark the 120th anniversary of AIPLA. Read more

 

Life Sciences IP Summit – Munich, 11-12 October
Tue 10th Oct 2017

Dr Clare Stephens, patent attorney at Page White and Farrer, will be attending this year’s Life Sciences IP Summit in Munich. The summit will be held on the 11-12 October at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich. Read more

 

UK Bioscience Forum 2017 - 12 October 2017
Mon 9th Oct 2017

‘Building something great – UK’s global bioscience cluster’. Read more

 

UK Life Sciences Industrial Strategy – Report by Sir John Bell
Fri 6th Oct 2017

On 30 August 2017, in a report commissioned by the UK government, Sir John Bell set out an ambitious vision for the UK health and life science sector, with the aim of making the UK a world-leader in this sector over the next 20 years. Read more

 

EU IPO Board of Appeal Decisions and Judgments of the General Court
Mon 2nd Oct 2017

Class 5 – Pharmaceutical Goods, January-August 2017 Read more

 

James Cornish to attend Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group Conference in Toronto, 4-7 October
Fri 22nd Sep 2017

‘Pharmaceutical Trademarks Today – As tough as a hockey game!’ is the title of the PTMG’s 95th Autumn Conference in Toronto, Canada from 4 to 7 October 2017. European trade mark attorney James Cornish will be attending on behalf of page White and Farrer. Read more

 

Building the Evidence Base on the Performance of the UK Patent System
Fri 22nd Sep 2017

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published a study on the performance of the UK patent system, and concluded that it operates in an overall positive way. Read more

 

How not to end up before the UK Advertising Standards Authority
Wed 20th Sep 2017

There are over 200 UK laws and regulations governing promotional communications and advertising and, while consumers increasingly use social media to make direct complaints, a key part of the control of advertising in the UK is the Advertising Standards Authority (the ASA). This is a self-regulated, non-government body paid for largely by the advertising industry, which regulates the content of adverts, sales promotions and direct marketing and has established codes. Read more

 

Martyn Townsend to attend European Patent Office ICT Seminar – 20-21 September
Mon 18th Sep 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) will host its second seminar on "Patenting Information and Communication Technologies in Europe" on 20 and 21 September 2017 in Palo Alto California. This event will focus on the major aspects of filing and prosecuting ICT-related patent applications at the EPO. Read more

 

How can the UK laws on misleading marketing impact on the use of trade marks?
Fri 15th Sep 2017

Comparative advertising in sales to both consumers and other traders is controlled by regulations. It permits comparative advertising provided: Read more

 

Artificial intelligence marketing: How technology allows us to design a more human experience
Tue 12th Sep 2017

David Williams, European patent attorney at Page White and Farrer will be attending this year’s Institution of Engineering and Technology artificial intelligence marketing lecture. Read more

 

How to oppose or defend a trade mark application in the EU
Mon 4th Sep 2017

If you have invested in a trade mark for your brand anywhere in Europe, then you will want to maximise its power and ensure that potential competitors do not infringe your valuable intellectual property to take advantage with their marketing initiatives. Read more

 

31 Prohibited activities for Brand Owners when Marketing to Consumers in the UK
Fri 1st Sep 2017

Commercial practices are unfair if they are on a list of 31 prohibited black-listed activities. There is no need for the court to consider the likely effect on the consumers for these to be a breach. The blacklisted prohibitions include: Read more

 

Can you defend a trade mark from a non-use action if it has been used in a different or altered form?
Wed 23rd Aug 2017

Trade mark registrations in the UK and EU may be cancellable if they have not been used for a five year period and there are no proper reasons for the non-use. Read more

 

Case study: European IP for ground-breaking Solos™ smart glasses
Thu 10th Aug 2017

The Page White and Farrer patent team were recently called on by Kopin Corporation’s US attorneys to help them protect the Solos™ Smart Glasses in Europe. Read more

 

Olaf Ungerer joins Page White and Farrer to launch Munich office
Tue 1st Aug 2017

The partners of Page White and Farrer are delighted to announce that German and European Patent Attorney Olaf Ungerer joins us today to launch our new office in Munich. Read more

 

What are the UK controls on misleading marketing activities in business to business sales?
Tue 1st Aug 2017

There are many rules governing the sale of goods, so when selling your branded goods or services you should note that criminal liability can sometimes arise in the context of marketing materials that do not comply with these rules. Read more

 

Hands Across the Water – the Special Relationship in IP Licensing
Mon 17th Jul 2017

It is no surprise that intellectual property rights holders often wish to monetise their rights by means of some form of licensing arrangement. Read more

 

UK Bio Industry receives support for post-Brexit coordination of medicines regulation.
Mon 17th Jul 2017

The UK BioIndustry Association is celebrating getting a public commitment from government ministers via a letter to the Financial Times calling for post Brexit co-operation with the EU on medicines regulation. Read more

 

Patentability at the EPO of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes
Sat 1st Jul 2017

From 1 July 2017, the European Patent Office (EPO) will be applying an amended version of Rules 27 and 28 EPC. Most notably Rule 28 EPC has been amended to indicate explicitly that patents will not be granted in respect of plants or animals exclusively obtained by means of an essentially biological process. Read more

 

Unified Patent Court – latest progress?
Wed 28th Jun 2017

This week, the Unified Patent Court took one step forward in the UK with the publication of remaining draft legislation, but came to a standstill in Germany, where a law suit has brought proceedings to a pause. Read more

 

BIO International Convention – 19-22 June
Thu 15th Jun 2017

Dr Clare Stephens and Jeff Daniels, expert life science patent attorneys at Page White and Farrer, will be attending this year’s BIO International Convention in San Diego on the 19-22 June. Read more

 

Unified Patent Court operation entry delay announced
Tue 13th Jun 2017

The long-awaited entry into operation of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will not meet its target date of December 2017, as previously expected. Instead, the preparatory committee forecasts that the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will be delayed until sometime in 2018, at the earliest Read more

 

Legal implications of AI in our everyday life – 13 June
Fri 9th Jun 2017

Virginia Driver, patent attorney at Page White and Farrer will be speaking at an event hosted by Ravensbourne Incubation in collaboration with Greenwich Council, Digital Greenwich and Greenwich Google Developers entitled ‘AI and its implication in our everyday life and in the short-term future.’ Read more

 

White paper: UK Company Name Squatters – Review of decisions by Company Names Tribunal 2008 to 2016
Mon 5th Jun 2017

Since the UK Company Names Tribunal was set up in 2008, it has decided nearly 700 cases of disputes about opportunistic names registered at UK Companies House. Read more

 

Case study: How the Buenos Aires Café used a trade mark registration to stand out from the crowd
Mon 5th Jun 2017

For business owners and start-up companies it is important that you protect your brand identity by obtaining a trade mark. With a registered trade mark you are in a stronger position to protect your brand if another business tries to use a similar name. Read more

 

Case study: Computer games company safeguards brand for clothing merchandise
Fri 2nd Jun 2017

If you own a trade mark for your brand it is important that you preserve its value by looking out for any trade mark applications from potential competitors which might be similar to yours. Read more

 

PAT-TECH Exchange – 6-7 June 2017
Wed 31st May 2017

Patent attorney David Williams will be attending this year’s PAT-TECH Exchange on the 6-7 June at the Crowne Plaza, Dublin, in Ireland. Read more

 

Cambridge Wireless International Conference – 7 June
Thu 25th May 2017

Martyn Townsend, patent attorney at Page White and Farrer will be attending this year’s Cambridge Wireless International Conference. Read more

 

‘Split Infringement of Software-related Patent Cases’ to be discussed at UNION-IP Congress in Sicily
Tue 23rd May 2017

Virginia Driver will be chairing a software workshop called ‘Where have my infringers gone? Split infringement: multi-party/multi-territory infringement’ on 2 June, at the UNION-IP Annual Congress in Sicily. Read more

 

How to oppose or defend a trade mark application in the UK
Fri 19th May 2017

If you have invested in a trade mark for your brand, then you will want to maximise its power and ensure that potential competitors do not creep too close and infringe your valuable intellectual property with their marketing initiatives. Read more

 

INTA 139th Annual Meeting – 20th May
Wed 10th May 2017

James Cornish and Taryn Byrne, trade mark attorneys at Page White and Farrer will be attending the International Trade Mark Association 139th annual meeting this May. Read more

 

The AI Summit – 9 May 2017
Tue 2nd May 2017

European Patent Attorney Virginia Driver will be attending this year’s AI Summit in London. The event is being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, and runs from the 9-10 May. Read more

 

Virginia Driver to present on transatlantic patent licensing at AIPLA Spring Meeting in San Diego on 17 May
Fri 28th Apr 2017

European patent attorney Virginia Driver will be on the panel of experts speaking on best practice in international patent licensing’ on Wednesday 17 May at the Spring Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in San Diego. Read more

 

IP inclusive wins Corporate Social Responsibility award
Mon 27th Mar 2017

IP Inclusive, a diversity movement which helps make intellectual property professions more inclusive, has been awarded with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Managing IP Awards. Read more

 

Intellectual property & 3D product design in China
Fri 10th Feb 2017

For British designers, China is an important manufacturing location for British-designed products as the fast-growing economy creates increasing demand. Read more

 

International Women’s Leadership Forum - 2017
Wed 8th Feb 2017

Virginia Driver will be moderating a panel at this year’s Managing Intellectual Property International Women’s Leadership Forum. The forum takes place at the Waldorf Hotel in London on the 9th February. Read more

 

PTMG - Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group Spring Conference - Paris
Fri 3rd Feb 2017

James Cornish will be attending the Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group spring conference in Paris on 13-14th March Read more

 

How can I protect my intellectual property?
Tue 24th Jan 2017

The life sciences team at Page White and Farrer has created this handy guide to the various ways in which you can protect your intellectual property. Read more

 

Brand owners’ guide to using trade marks
Mon 23rd Jan 2017

Business owners and start-up companies who have registered a trade mark are sometimes unsure of the rules regarding the use of the mark. Read more

 

Meet the Page White and Farrer patents team at the Imperial College Science Careers Fair.
Fri 20th Jan 2017

On Thursday, January 26th, come over to stand 15 at Imperial College London and meet some of the leading experts in patent law in Europe. Students and graduates alike are welcome to chat with us about the opportunities to use technical skills in the realm of intellectual property protection. Read more

 

Unitary Patent Package conference
Wed 18th Jan 2017

Patent attorney Kelda Style, will be attending the 2017 Unitary Patent Package Conference in Amsterdam, where discussions will be held over the future of the Unified Patent Court. The conference will take place on the 9th & 10th February and marks the first of many exciting networking events in the coming year. Read more

 

Understanding the patent process – flow chart
Tue 17th Jan 2017

The patent attorneys at Page White and Farrer have created this handy guide to help you to understand the patent process. Read more

 

Can slogans be registered as trade marks in the UK or EU?
Mon 16th Jan 2017

If you, or your brand agency, have spent days, or even weeks, drafting the perfect slogan for your business or product, then you may wonder if it’s possible to protect this element of your branding. Read more

 

Can a brand that some might consider immoral or offensive be protected by a trade mark registration in the UK and EU?
Fri 13th Jan 2017

When launching or promoting any brand it can be a challenge to get noticed in the market place, and some companies choose to take a controversial approach via the use of shock advertising - an approach which ‘deliberately, rather than inadvertently, startles and offends its audience by violating norms for social values and personal ideals’. Other companies might find themselves offending groups of people inadvertently due to differing cultural norms and differences arising from use of language and translation. Read more

 

Jo Johnson appointed as new UK IP minister
Thu 12th Jan 2017

Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has been announced as the new intellectual property minister for the UK. Johnson takes over from Baroness Neville-Rolfe who was appointed as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury before Christmas. Read more

 

Seniority claims for trade marks in the EU
Wed 11th Jan 2017

As your business grows and you expand into new markets, then there will be strategic decisions to take about how best to manage your international portfolio of trade marks. One key consideration is whether to take advantage of a seniority claim. Read more

 

Benefits of a trade mark priority claim
Mon 9th Jan 2017

If you sell products, or services internationally, then you will need to consider where and when to register trade marks to protect the intellectual property in your branding. Planning your approach is an important part of your IP strategy. Read more

 

EPO-EUIPO study confirms economic benefits of intellectual property
Mon 5th Dec 2016

The results of a recent EU-wide study have been published by the European Patent Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office. The study analysed the impact of intellectual property rights (IPRs) on the European economy in terms of gross domestic product, employment, wages and trade. Read more

 

UK-China technology transfer: Protecting your intellectual property
Thu 1st Dec 2016

For British research institutions and businesses looking to benefit from the UK-China technology transfer, there are a number of best practice methods for intellectual property that should be considered. Read more

 

Page White and Farrer trade mark professionals become chartered trade mark attorneys
Wed 30th Nov 2016

In recognition of the high standards of education, regulation and professional development, the Privy Council has awarded a royal charter to the professional association that governs UK trade mark attorneys. Read more

 

Europe-wide patent protection boost as UK government confirms it will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement
Tue 29th Nov 2016

The UK government has finally ended months of speculation about what, if any, part the UK will play in the establishment of the Unified Patent Court following the country’s decision earlier this year to leave the EU. Read more

 

Catch up with the Page White and Farrer life sciences team at Genesis 2016
Mon 14th Nov 2016

The life science patents team at Page White and Farrer will be attending the Genesis 2016 conference at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London on 1 December 2016. Read more

 

International trade mark protection in many countries using the Madrid Protocol
Thu 10th Nov 2016

The Madrid international application system for trade marks offers a money-saving, convenient and simple scheme for brand owners who want to protect their trademarks in numerous countries. Read more

 

Protecting your trade marks across the European Union at the EU Intellectual Property Office
Thu 10th Nov 2016

The EU trade mark system is a money-saving, advantageous system for those interested in operating in EU states who want a system that is quick and easy to use. Read more

 

Recording changes of name, assignments, mergers and divisions in relation to trade marks
Thu 10th Nov 2016

It is good housekeeping to ensure that any Intellectual Property Office records are kept up to date to reflect the correct owner details for your trade marks. Read more

 

Virginia Driver to present at the Center for American and International Law annual IP conference
Wed 9th Nov 2016

Virginia Driver, partner and patent attorney at Page White and Farrer will be presenting at the Center for American and International Law’s annual conference on intellectual property on 14 November in Texas. Read more

 

IP Scam #4 – Beware of fake EU trade mark invitations
Wed 9th Nov 2016

Please be wary of unsolicited correspondence after you have filed a UK trade mark application as it may be a scam and sent by a fraudster. Read more

 

IP Scam #3 – Beware of international copycat domain claims
Wed 2nd Nov 2016

Each week we are notified by a client to say that they have been contacted by an official-looking Chinese domain name company with a notification that a third party is trying to register their brands as Chinese domain names and asking if this is authorised. Read more

 

IP Scam #2 – Beware of phony trade mark databases
Wed 26th Oct 2016

As trade mark registrations are in the public domain, scammers are able to obtain your details from the publicly accessible official trade mark registers. Read more

 

IP Scam #1 – Beware fake trade mark renewal notices
Wed 19th Oct 2016

To ensure that you do not pay unnecessary costs, businesses interested in trade marks should be on their guard against fraudsters and scams relating to trade marks. Read more

 

Protecting your brand with a watching service to monitor trade marks, company names and domain names
Mon 17th Oct 2016

Protecting the uniqueness of your brand is important if you wish to preserve its value and reduce the risk of market erosion from competitors. Read more

 

IPO reduces registered design fees for electronic applications
Fri 30th Sep 2016

The fees for registering a design and renewals have been reduced. The UK Intellectual Property Office will allow applicants to register with online forms for a reduced fee of £50 and renew registered designs for a significant reduction. Read more

 

Brand owners’ guide to EU trade mark process
Wed 28th Sep 2016

Trying to obtain an EU trade mark? Track your trade mark throughout the process and know when key decisions need to be made by downloading our free guide. Read more

 

How to defend your UK company name against an objection at the Company Names Tribunal from another business
Mon 26th Sep 2016

The Company Names Tribunal provides a service for determining disputes about whether names registered at UK Companies House should be changed, due to the earlier rights of others. Read more

 

Legal opinion - UK can remain part of Unified Patent Court system after Brexit
Fri 23rd Sep 2016

There is now a legal path to ensuring the UK’s continued participation in the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent following our exit from the European Union according to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and counsel opinion. Read more

 

How to object when someone adopts a UK company name that is opportunistic or abusive
Wed 21st Sep 2016

Having spent many months building up the reputation of your business, it is extremely frustrating to see another business attempt to ride on your coat tails and profit from your goodwill, through opportunistic activities. Read more

 

Energy and IP minister encourages collaboration between UK and China
Mon 19th Sep 2016

The UK intellectual property minister has returned from a trip to China to reinforce the strength of a collaboration between the UK and China on intellectual property, and to highlight the importance of this collaboration in supporting creativity and innovation in both countries. Read more

 

European Patent Office president predicts future of the unitary patent package after Brexit
Fri 16th Sep 2016

In a recent blog, Benoît Battistelli, president of the European Patent Office, shared his predictions for the future of the unitary patent package following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Read more

 

European Patent Office expands ‘early certainty’ scheme
Wed 14th Sep 2016

The European Patent Office are extending their efficiency scheme, ‘Early Certainty from Search’ to examination and opposition of patents. The improved scheme aims to prioritise the conclusion of grants and reduce the duration of the opposition procedure. Read more

 

Guide to the UK trade mark process for overseas attorneys
Mon 12th Sep 2016

The UK trade mark process may be daunting to an overseas attorney who is new to it so we have put together this handy flow chart to give you a set by step guide to protecting brand identity in the UK. Read more

 

Brand owners’ guide to UK trade mark process
Mon 5th Sep 2016

Download our free guide to the UK trade mark process for brand owners. Our handy flow chart explains the roles of the trade mark attorney and the UK Intellectual Property Office, and also which key decisions will be required by the brand owner. Read more

 

CIPA publishes a position paper on impact of Brexit on IP
Wed 31st Aug 2016

In a new position paper entitled The impact of Brexit on intellectual property, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has explained its position on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court as well as for a range of intellectual property issues that are likely to be affected by Brexit. Read more

 

English likely to remain as official language of EU
Tue 30th Aug 2016

Following recent media reports stating that English would cease to be an official language of the European Union in the event of a UK withdrawal, a statement has been released on behalf of the European Union Commission’s representation in Ireland. Read more

 

Page White and Farrer runs Standard Chartered Great City Race
Mon 1st Aug 2016

Attorneys from Page White and Farrer once again took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race on 14 July 2016. Our team ran the annual 5km race on the streets of London to raise funds for Seeing is Believing, Standard Chartered Bank’s global investment project to tackle avoidable blindness. Read more

 

IP and the implications of BREXIT
Thu 23rd Jun 2016

As the country and the UK government get to grips with the implications of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, what are the implications for intellectual property? Read more

 

European Trade Marks - Business as usual post Brexit
Wed 1st Jun 2016

Following the decision for the UK to leave the EU, James Cornish, of European IP specialists Page White and Farrer, provides some reassurances to brand owners and their advisers on the position regarding existing and future intellectual property rights in Europe. Read more

 

New improvements to the European Union trade mark registration system
Tue 1st Mar 2016

Changes are being made to the European Union trade mark registration system. In this article, James Cornish, trademarks specialist at Page White and Farrer, highlights some of the key changes. Most changes take effect on 23 March 2016. Read more

 
 

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