Tue 24th May 2022A year in IP
Trainee patent attorney Siya Maini discusses her first year working in the IP industry after joining Page White Farrer.Read more
Mon 1st Nov 2021Best practice in standards-based patent pools
If set up and administered well, patent pools can provide significant benefits for the market, such as reductions in transaction costs, more reasonable aggregate royal-ties, and a better ability to create a level playing field. These benefits can make pa-tent pools an attractive option for standard-based licensing where there are multiple licensors holding SEPs.Read more
Fri 10th Sep 2021Are patent pools anti-competitive?
One of the greatest concerns regarding the use of patent pools, especially by technology giants, is that collaboration can also lead to anti-competitive practices. So, while patent pools have many benefits, especially for emerging technologies, the risks cannot be ignored.Read more
Wed 4th Aug 2021The pros and cons of standards-based patent pools
Patent pools have a long history, and one of the first patent pools was formed in 1856 for sewing machines. These days they form an important part of the basis for industry standards in regard to technologies which are necessary (essential) to develop compatible products and services. Examples can be seen in the fields of mobile communications, information coding, public health etc. and they often relate to technologies that are yet to be fully developed.Read more
Fri 13th Nov 2020Why you should register your designs in the EU before the end of 2020
After the UK leaves the EU at the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, new EU registered community designs (RCDs) will no longer provide registered design protection in the UK. Read more
After 1 January 2021, if you wish to obtain both EU and UK registered design protection, it will be necessary to apply for these registered designs separately.
Mon 24th Aug 2020Is it time to carry out an intellectual property audit?
An audit of your intellectual property will pay dividends as it enables a business to identify new revenue streams, enhance business value, implement best practice, assess and reduce the risk of competition. It is particularly important for any business with a strong brand or knowledge-based products or services.Read more
Wed 11th Mar 2020Nine key benefits of licensing intellectual property for the licensor
Finding and entering new markets is key to the growth of any business, whether this is selling to a new industry sector or into a foreign territory. But this can be time-consuming and labour intensive and difficult to do well if you do not have anyone who speaks the language, understands the sector or is familiar with differences in the cultural or regulatory environment.Read more
Mon 21st Jan 2019Patents – frequently asked questions
Simply, patents protect inventions. Our qualified patent attorneys have put together this collection of frequently asked questions to assist you with securing patentRead more
protections for your intellectual property.
Sat 5th Jan 2019Trade marks – frequently asked questions
A registered trade mark is an asset, which can be sold, licensed, and mortgaged. A trade mark registration gives a monopoly to stop certain use by others of similar marksRead more
on similar goods. It gives you more certainty that a trade mark is available for your use, as it has already been through an opposition stage
Mon 11th Jun 20183D designs from outside the EU will need to be registered in the UK post-Brexit
Subject to any transitional arrangements or other changes in law following Brexit, scheduled for 29 March 2019 when the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, there will be no copyright or unregistered design right protection in the UK for the 3‑dimensional aspects of industrial designs for nationals of most non‑EU countries. This includes nationals of, amongst others, the US, Canada, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea.Read more
Fri 10th Feb 2017Intellectual property and 3D product design in China
For British designers, China is an important manufacturing location for British-designed products as the fast-growing economy creates increasing demand. However, those looking to take advantage of this demand should first ensure that they have considered the intellectual property risks that China presents.Read more