Thu 28th Jul 2022Blockchain leader nChain forges ahead in patent rankings
Global blockchain technology company nChain has leapfrogged over the likes of tech giant IBM and Alipay (Alibaba’s mobile payment platform) to take fifth place in the league table of companies ranked worldwide for blockchain patent applications in 2021 with the help of Page White Farrer*.Read more
Thu 21st Apr 2022How to oppose or defend a trade mark application in the UK
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. James Cornish has created this handy flow chart for brand owners to explain the process of opposing or defending a trade mark application in the UK.Read more
Thu 21st Apr 2022How to oppose or defend a trade mark application in the EU
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. James Cornish, at Page White and Farrer, has created this handy flow chart for brand owners to explain how to oppose or defend a trade mark application in the EU.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
Tue 17th Aug 2021Patent pools and the evolution of FRAND licensing in IoT ecosystems
In an article for Intellectual Property Magazine, European Patent Attorney Olaf Ungerer examines the complexity of the IoT landscape, and he explores why patent pools offer an attractive solution for complex IoT products by reducing transaction costs for licensors and implementers and potentially reducing aggregate royalty. This article arises from the “Contribution to the Debate on SEPs” (E03600), published January 2021, by the Group of Experts on Licensing and Valuation of Standard Essential Patents advising the European Commission.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
Thu 29th Jul 2021Can I obtain a patent for software or AI?
We often encounter software engineers who are under the impression that it is not possible to obtain a patent for their software, and that their invention or innovation is protected by copyright or simply not suitable for a patent.Read more
Wed 25th Nov 2020UK IPO demands UK address for service from 1 January 2021
Subject to final legislative implementation, from 1 January 2021 you will need an address for service in the UK, Gibraltar or the Channel Islands for new UK patent, registered trade mark and registered design applications, for granted EP(UK) patents if a representative for the proprietor is to be appointed, and for any proceedings concerning patents. An address for service in the EEA will no longer be acceptable.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.
Sat 31st Oct 2020Brand owners’ guide to using trade marks
Business owners and start-up companies who have registered a trade mark are sometimes unsure of the rules regarding the use of the mark. Trade mark attorney, James Cornish, has compiled this handy guide for brand owners on how to use trade marks. The guide outlines the key roles of trade mark use, for both your own trade marks and those registered by other brand owners.Read more
Fri 9th Oct 2020Intellectual property protection for tech innovation - AI Tech North Summit 2020
On 12th and 13th October 2020, Virginia Driver and Tom Woodhouse of Page White and Farrer in Leeds were keynote speakers at the AI Tech North Summit 2020, sharing their expert knowledge on intellectual property protection of artificial intelligence technology. Read more
They will also held an online masterclass about what businesses can do to take control of their valuable technology innovation with an intellectual property strategy.
Fri 25th Sep 2020Brexit and IP – Implications for trade marks and registered designs (patents not affected)
This is a brief note on the position concerning how EU-wide trade marks and EU-wide registered designs will be affected by Brexit from 1 January 2021. The advice below is applicable to trade marks and designs equally.Read more
Please note the European Patent Office is not an EU institution and European patents and patent applications are not affected by Brexit.
This is a very important notice for the owners of EU-wide trade marks and designs. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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
Tue 25th Sep 2018UK Government provides guidance on 'no deal' Brexit scenario for intellectual property
On 24 September, the UK government released its latest pre-Brexit updates for businesses in regard to the implications for intellectual property. These papers outline the situation in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, explain the implications for businesses in the UK, the EU and other countries, and they highlight any actions which are required by businesses and other stakeholders.Read more
Mon 10th Sep 2018Case study: European IP for ground-breaking Solos™ smart glasses
The Page White Farrer patent team were recently called on by Kopin Corporation’s US attorneys to help them protect the Solos™ Smart Glasses in Europe. Featuring the same technology used by USA Cycling and the Olympic track cycling team, the Solos™ give cyclists the possibility to consult GPS information in the corner of smart cycling glasses, without having to break their ride. The patent team successfully helped Kopin Corporation to protect their intellectual property in Europe.Read more
Mon 2nd Jul 2018Four key actions for your trade marks in view of Brexit
The outcome, implications and effect of Brexit remain unknown and unclear. However on 19 March 2018 the European Commission published a draft agreement indicating terms that have been agreed with the UK in the event of a wider agreement concerning Brexit and those yet to be agreed.Read more
Thu 19th Apr 2018File wrapper estoppel in the UK - the exception, not the rule?
In Activis v Eli Lilly Lord Neuberger referred to certain circumstances where it would be appropriate to consider prosecution history to assist in claim interpretation. Jeff Daniels explains that this does not open the door generally to file wrapper estoppel, and reference to the prosecution history is the exception and not the rule.Read more
Mon 19th Feb 2018UK IPO – Patent fee changes on 6 April 2018
On 6 April 2018 patent fees payable to the UK IPO are changing. The fee changes apply to some filing, prosecution and grant fees. The fee changes also apply to some post-grant renewal fees.Read more
Wed 22nd Nov 2017Patentability of user interfaces
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
Mon 17th Jul 2017Hands Across the Water – the Special Relationship in IP Licensing
It is no surprise that intellectual property rights holders often wish to monetise their rights by means of some form of licensing arrangement. International IP licensing was the subject of the paper presented by Virginia Driver to the Spring Meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in San Diego entitled ‘Hands Across the Water – the Special Relationship in IP Licensing,’ co-authored with Alex Driver of Powell Gilbert.Read more
Mon 23rd Jan 2017Flowchart: Understanding the patent process
This simple guide will help you to track your patent throughout its lifetime, from the initial development of your invention and filing of an application, all the way to paying the renewal fees twenty years down the line. With a clear timeline detailing the required actions at each stage of the patent process, you will know exactly where your patent is at any time.Read more
Mon 9th Jan 2017Benefits of a trade mark priority claim
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
Wed 1st Jun 2016European trade marks - Business as usual post Brexit
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