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  • What is FRAND? Unwired Planet v Huawei

    25 April 2017

    The UK High Court holds that there can only be one set of licencing terms that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) for a given situation, FRAND royalties should be based on a common portfolio benchmark rate for all licensees, and in this case a licence restricted to one jurisdiction is not FRAND. It is […]

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  • UPC reason eight: Lingua Franca – English will be the dominant language of the UP system. All UPs will have English version…

    19 April 2017

    For businesses in the UK and other English-speaking countries, there is a clear advantage to being able to litigate in one’s mother tongue. This will be possible at all Unified Patent Court hearings. Costly translations can therefore be avoided. Once the unitary patent system is established it will also no longer be necessary to obtain […]

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  • UPC reason seven: “Bonus” countries…

    11 April 2017

    Where previously a European patent may have only been validated in, say, five EU countries, the Unitary Patent will eventually cover 25 of the 28 member states for a lower cost to that of the five previously. These “bonus” countries could provide unexpected benefits to companies. Infringements can arise anytime and anywhere, so the impressive […]

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  • UPC reason six: Quick and efficient…

    4 April 2017

    The Unified Patent Court will resolve cases much more quickly than is possible under the current system. If a case is brought, it will be processed and a judgment passed down within a year. This means that businesses can bring their case to court more quickly if needed. The Court also intends to hear trials […]

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  • UPC reason five: Great for SMEs…

    28 March 2017

    SMEs can greatly benefit from the Unitary Patent (UP) and the UPC. Not only does the UP provide substantial savings on renewal fees across the entire (eventual) 25 UP territories but the UPC also offers several other benefits to SMEs. Firstly, the UPC offers a centralised approach for European IP disputes (substantially cheaper than multiple […]

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  • Funding available through the Coventry & Warwickshire Innovation Programme

    27 March 2017

    Small and medium sized companies in Coventry & Warwickshire have the opportunity to obtain grants of typically between £25-50,000 to assist with costs relating to intangible assets (such as patents, trademarks and copyright), relating to seconded personnel and relating to support services. This is aimed at advancing the development of innovative products and services involving […]

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