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  • Tania Clark elected as new CITMA President

    11 April 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) has elected Tania Clark, partner in Withers & Rogers’ Trade Mark group, as its new President. Tania commenced her two-year term on 10 April 2018.

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  • Changes to payment of European renewal fees

    4 April 2018

    Following a Decision of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (found here), it is now possible to pay the third year renewal fee for European patent (EP) applications up to six months in advance of the due date. Previously, with regard to all renewal fees due for an EP application, it was only […]

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  • UK IPO announces fee increases

    24 January 2018

    Following the UK IPO’s consultation[1] on patent fees, the UK IPO has decided to go ahead with a number of changes[2] to the fees for applying for patent protection and renewing granted patents. These changes include both increases to current fees, and the introduction of new fees. These changes will come into effect on 6 […]

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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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  • Unitary Patent Package expected to enter into force in December 2017

    16 January 2017

    An official statement from the Unified Patent Court (UPC) website, published today (found here), has outlined a rough timetable for the UPC becoming operational. If all continues as expected, the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) and the Court itself should be up and running in December 2017. This would mean that the ‘Unitary […]

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  • Michael Jaeger unpacks HMRC’s report on the initial uptake of the UK’s Patent Box

    23 December 2016

    The UK’s Patent Box came into effect on 1 April 2013. Under the scheme UK companies are able to pay a reduced rate of Corporation Tax on certain profits derived from patented technology. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published its first report¹ on the uptake of the scheme on 14 September 2016, and that report […]

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  • UK IPO fee changes to encourage multiple design filings post Trunki

    9 September 2016

    From 1 October 2016 the UK IPO fee structure for registering designs in the UK will change. For many years applicants have had the option of filing one or several designs within a single application but the cost of filing lots of designs to protect various aspects of a product has been prohibitive for many, […]

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  • European IP Leaders’ Brexit perspective

    8 September 2016

    Withers & Rogers Chairman Karl Barnfather was delighted to moderate the opening panel session, on the Implications of Brexit and the UPC, to the MIP European Patent Reform Forum in Munich on Tuesday 6 September 2016.   On the panel was Margot Fröhlinger of the European Patent Office and Professor Tilmann of the University of Heidelberg. […]

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  • The UK’s decision to leave the European Union – Business as usual

    24 June 2016

    The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum of 23 June 2016 concerning the UK’s membership of the EU has resulted in 52% of voters opting for the UK to leave the economic and political union established under the EU. From an Intellectual Property user’s perspective nothing will […]

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  • Clearing the way: the tests for obviousness and insufficiency clarified

    20 May 2016

    A recent High Court decision explains the tests for obviousness and insufficiency resulting from a “clearing the way” action brought by Actavis against Eli Lilly (Lilly).  Actavis intended to invalidate Lilly’s patent on the basis of a lack of inventive step and insufficiency. Lilly’s patent relates to the second medical use of atomoxetine in the […]

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  • Recruitment begins for UPC judges

    16 May 2016

    The recruitment process for selecting the first group of UPC judges is now open. Candidates may apply to become a full-time or part-time judge until the closing date of 4 July 2016. Information on the selection process can be found here. The opening of the selection process marks a major step in the implementation of […]

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  • ECJ upholds General Court decision in favour of Adidas

    9 March 2016

    Case C-396/15 P Shoe Branding Europe BVBA v Adidas AG European Court of Justice, 17 February 2016 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has upheld a decision of the General Court allowing Adidas to oppose the registration of a trade mark consisting of two parallel stripes placed on the side of footwear. Shoe Branding Europe, […]

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  • EPO renewal fees increase while JPO fees decrease

    3 March 2016

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced increases in its renewal fees from 1 April 2016. The fees will increase by approximately 1%. For example, the 6th year renewal will increase from €1040 to €1050. Meanwhile, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) has also announced changes in renewal fees effective from 1 April 2016, a reduction […]

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  • IP Review Autumn 2015

    19 November 2015

    Our latest IP Review is now available online here: www.withersrogers.com/ebrochure/ip-review/autumn-2015/ In this issue we report on some interesting developments, including a wave of altruism that has swept over some of the world’s best known companies in recent times, changes in US practice that affect the patentability of biodiagnostics, and recent developments in China to strengthen its […]

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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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  • Court of Appeal overturns cross jurisdiction award of DNIs to Actavis

    27 July 2015

    Last year we reported the decision of the UK High Court in the case of Actavis v Lilly, concerning the anti-cancer drug pemetrexed disodium (see here). To recap briefly, the UK High Court ruled that Actavis’ pemetrexed dipotassium product did not infringe Lilly’s patent directed to pemetrexed disodium either under direct infringement, or under indirect […]

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  • EPO grant procedure more efficient as of 1 July 2015

    21 July 2015

    The EPO recently announced slight changes (found here) to the procedure regarding Rule 71(3) EPC communications, which allows an applicant a final opportunity to amend or correct their application before grant. Prior to 1 July 2015, when an applicant responded to a R71(3) communication with amendments, a new R71(3) communication had to be issued if […]

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  • Withers & Rogers Partner promotion

    2 April 2015

    Withers & Rogers is pleased to announce the promotion of Denis Keseris to Partner as of 1 April 2015. Denis is a patent attorney in our Electronics, Computing & Physics group. He joined the firm in the London office in 2012 and specialises in information and communications technology, with a particular focus on optical and […]

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  • Withers & Rogers Opens New Office in Munich

    18 August 2014

    We are pleased to announce that as of 18 August 2014, we will have an office in Munich with a senior Partner working there permanently. This move will allow us to further improve our services for UK and international clients seeking patent protection in Germany and across Europe. The move has been made possible by […]

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  • Withers & Rogers to join The Life Sciences Hub Wales

    17 July 2014

    Withers & Rogers is pleased to announce our involvement in the Life Sciences Hub Wales, launched today in Cardiff Bay. The Life Sciences Hub is an initiative launched by the Welsh Government with £100 million support from the Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund. The Hub will be the base for public and private sector specialists […]

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  • Withers & Rogers Helps #ShakeYourPower Project

    3 July 2014

    Withers & Rogers is delighted to be supporting Sudha Kheterpal, best known as the percussionist from South London band Faithless, in providing intellectual property (IP) services for her #ShakeYourPower project. #ShakeYourPower aims to bring clean energy to places in the world without electricity, through the medium of music. For the last year, Sudha has been […]

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