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  • Patent Box consultation reassures UK businesses

    23 October 2015

    A government consultation opened on 22 October on the Patent Box Scheme and will run until December 4 2015. The aim is to ensure that the UK’s tax regimes comply with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) recommendations. According to patent attorney, Michael Jaeger: “The launch of the consultation is welcome news as […]

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  • Another step forward for the Unified Patent Court

    9 October 2015

    On Thursday 1 October 2015, seven EU Member States, including the UK, France and Germany, signed the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPC) on provisional application. This Protocol allows for the implementing of IT systems and recruitment of judges as well as other key provisions which must be completed before the […]

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  • Italy joins Unitary Patent

    7 October 2015

    The European Commission confirmed on 30 September 2015 that Italy has become the 26th state to join the enhanced cooperation of the Unitary Patent protection. Given Italy’s previous reluctance to join, including pursuing a legal challenge against the Unitary Patent, this is a major success for the future of the Unitary Patent and the Unified […]

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  • Portugal becomes eighth country to ratify UPC Agreement

    2 September 2015

    After completing the required formalities on 28 August 2015, Portugal became the latest country to ratify the UPC agreement, bringing the total number to eight. In order for the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent to come into effect, 13 EU countries must ratify the Agreement, including the three largest member states in terms […]

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  • Sheffield office relocation

    24 August 2015

    On Monday 24 August 2015 the Sheffield office of Withers & Rogers LLP will relocate from Electric Works to new premises within Sheffield city centre. Our full address and contact details can be found below. Please update your records and inform colleagues accordingly. We look forward to welcoming you to our offices in the near […]

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  • Wind turbine speed control patent win for Siemens AG

    6 August 2015

    Wobben Properties, the IP holding company of Germany’s Enercon – the world’s 4th largest wind turbine manufacturer, holds a European patent on Enercon’s Storm Control technology relating to a method of operating a wind turbine. Wobben asserted that Siemen’s High Wind Ride Through (HWRT) technology installed in turbines in the UK infringed their patent, to […]

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