UKIPO announce changes to fees

After a period of consultation, the UKIPO and UK government have announced some patent fee changes that are expected to come into effect on 6 April 2018.   Application fee – Currently £30 for paper applications and £20 for an e-filing – Rising to £90 for paper applications and £60 for an e-filing – New surcharge of 25%… Read more »

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A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2017

The Legal 500 2017 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised as “outstanding”.   The editorial sections for each of our entries in the directory are reproduced below:  “A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level… Read more »

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Continental: reinventing the wheel

Automotive manufacturer Continental recently announced an innovative new integrated wheel and brake system designed specifically for electric vehicles. http://www.continentaltire.com/news/continental-introduces-innovative-wheel-and-braking-concept-electric-vehicles Braking inside out The new design consists of two main parts; a “carrier star” and a “rim well”. The rim and carrier star bolt together to form the wheel and the carrier star attaches to the… Read more »

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The Madrid Union welcomes its 100th member as Indonesia joins the International Trade Mark System

We are pleased to report that Indonesia has become the 100th country to sign up to the International trade mark system and as of 2 January 2018 it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Indonesia under International trade marks. In 2015, the Indonesian trade marks office received more than 47,000 trade mark applications… Read more »

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EU – trade mark legislation changes – part 2

In our article of February 2016, we reported on some approved changes to EU trade mark legislation that would affect both EU-wide trade mark rights, and national trade mark rights in EU member states. Some of these changes entered into force immediately, and others required further legislation to be enacted. The last of the changes… Read more »

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UK-China IP Symposium highlights importance of innovation

Trade Mark Attorney and Partner Ian Gill spoke at the 2017 UK China symposium, which took place in London on Thursday 22 September. Co-hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), this annual flagship event for UK-China IP co-operation formed part of a week of UK-China IP related activity. Click… Read more »

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FDA clears adherence monitoring inhalation device

US approval for an inhaler monitoring device Patent Attorney and member of our Medical Devices Industry Team, Alex Bone, reflects on a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an adherence monitoring inhalation device for use in the US. “During previous employment at Novartis I looked at various medical devices for… Read more »

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Microsoft and Halliburton collaborate to digitally transform the oil and gas industry

Longstanding client Halliburton announced on 22 August 2017 that they will enter into a strategic new relationship with Microsoft to “drive digital transformation across the oil and gas industry”.  The relationship is to combine Microsoft’s global leading expertise in cloud and digital transformation with Halliburton’s global leading expertise in exploration and production (E&P) science, software… Read more »

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Hybrid Vehicles – a simple guide

hybrid [pronounced hahy-brid] noun  A thing made by combining two different elements. Hybrid cars are becoming more and more prevalent and here at AA Thornton we handle patent applications directed to the wide range of technology involved. This brief article explains exactly what is meant by a “hybrid”, the different types of hybrid vehicle available… Read more »

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