February 17, 2021
Description Amendments: Upcoming Changes at the EPO and their Risks

The European Patent Office (EPO) is about to release new Guidelines to its Examiners with several changes over the current Guidelines. The changes in Part F, Chapter IV, 4.3 (iii) are particularly worthy of note and are explained in our recent article. These changes equate to a formalising of practices, […]

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February 15, 2021
The Value of IP - EUIPO/EPO Report

What is the value of intellectual property to companies? What are the effects of intellectual property rights ownership on economic performance? These and other questions are addressed in the February 2021 report 'Intellectual property rights and firm performance in the European Union'. This report is a joint study on the […]

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February 11, 2021
Spring 2021 Chinese Office Newsletter

We would like to wish a happy Chinese New Year to all our associates and clients who are celebrating Spring Festival and the start of the new Lunar year, Year of the Ox. Our Spring 2021 Chinese Office Newsletter has just been published, read it here

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February 9, 2021
Clarity (Article 84 EPC) or Confusion at the EPO.....

Applicants are seeing that clarity objections under Article 84 EPC are becoming more and more common during prosecution and a more stringent revision of the description before grant is now being required by the EPO. With lengthy applications with complex subject matter and multiple aspects/inventions, this is not necessarily a […]

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February 1, 2021
Learn more about the strategic role of IP in business

Would you like to learn more about the strategic role of #IP in business? If so, watch (now or save for later) our Hanna Moore + Curley webinar recording moderated by HMC-IP attorney Dr Nikos Minas together with an expert panel comprising Joe Doyle from Enterprise Ireland, Angela Duffy MBA PhD from NDRC, Jill Colquhoun from Department of Business, Enterprise […]

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January 7, 2021
The impact of Brexit - some practical considerations for IP owners

The United Kingdom (UK) has now left the European Union (EU) and the transition period ended on 31st December 2020. Following our 1 month to go Brexit news articles (1 and 2), we discuss what practical actions are needed by IP owners of cloned UK rights derived from EU trade […]

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January 6, 2021
Scam invoices - be wary!

WIPO, EPO and EUIPO frequently update their websites warning applicants about unsolicited misleading invoices which request payment for 'registration' or inclusion in an unofficial publication/business directory for their recently published patent, trade mark or design application.. These misleading invoices are typically triggered when a patent, trade mark or design application […]

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December 7, 2020
Important change in practice update - address for service (AFS) for IP rights in the UK

Following on from our recent Brexit update, from 1 January 2021, the UKIPO has announced that an address for service in the UK (or Gibraltar or the Channel Islands) will need to be provided when Filing new applications - filing new applications for UK patents, trade marks and designs at […]

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November 30, 2020
1 month to go - Brexit and your IP Portfolio!

With 1 month to go, do you know how #Brexit will impact your IP rights? Watch our short explanatory video dealing with EU #designs and #trademarks and a useful summary of practical next steps.  Please contact your usual Hanna Moore + Curley attorney with any specific questions or concerns about […]

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