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UK Ratifies Geneva Act of Hague Agreement for International Designs

European Union, Ireland - June 8 2018 The Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of designs (known as the Hague system) provides a practical business...


Clarification on the Scope of the “Experimental Use” Defence in the UK

United Kingdom - November 28 2016 Section 60(5)(b) of the Patents Act 1977 provides a defence to infringement where use which would otherwise amount to infringement (i.e. falls within...


Changes to Registered Design Fees at the UKIPO

United Kingdom - April 6 2016 Following a consultation, the UKIPO have decided to change the fees for filing and renewing UK Registered Designs. There will be significant fee...


Interpretation of “adapted to” by the UKIPO (UK Intellectual Property Office)

United Kingdom - August 4 2015 Due to a recent patent decision, the UKIPO has amended the Manual of Patent Practice (the "instruction manual for UK Patent Examiners") so that the...


Patent filing 101: filing applications at the UKIPO

United Kingdom - July 13 2015 Filing patent applications can be a cumbersome task, hence it is important to know the ins-and-outs of the processes to follow. In this article, our...