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AA Thornton’s guide to Government Grants, Loans and Tax Relief for Innovative SMEs and Start-ups

There are many grants available to innovative small businesses, and a wealth of funds available. There are various cash grants as well as tax relief options and loans to encourage innovation that can be explored, as highlighted in this guide. Many SMEs and start-ups are put off applying for grants, considering the process to be… Read more »

CJEU confirms the territorial scope of a pan-European injunction in relation to Registered Community Designs

Nintendo v Big Ben Interactive GmbH, Big Ben Interactive S.A[1] The CJEU has recently held that a Community Designs Court may grant a pan-European injunction where there are multiple connected defendants based across the EU. Facts Nintendo produces video games, video game consoles including the Wii video games and accessories.  It is the registered proprietor… Read more »

The return of the doctrine equivalents – a WIPR article by Geoff Hussey & Varuni Paranavitane

World IP Review magazine (WIPR) has recently worked with Partner and Litigation Solicitor Geoff Hussey and Associate and Litigation Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane on an article published in its October / November issue ‘The Return of the Doctrine Equivalents’. The article, which focuses on the Supreme Court’s decision to change the test for patent infringement, and… Read more »

A patent history of atrial septal defect closure devices

Patent Attorney Chris Burnett has recently had cause to investigate Atrial Septal Defect Closure Devices and became interested in the history of their development and what the future may hold for these devices. An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a hole in the septum between the top two chambers of the heart. ASDs are the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The pitfalls of online shopping

UK shoppers spend almost £1 in every £5 via the internet, with 59% of online sales made through smartphones or tablets.1 With accessibility and ease to shop online for just about anything, it is not difficult to be drawn to third-party sites offering seemingly unbeatable prices for products and, in particular for designer goods. The… Read more »

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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