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UKIPO: Green Patents – Statistics

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This may not be what the UKIPO had in mind for “green technology”!

Have you ever had a client go a little bit “Maverick and Goose” and scream “I feel the need…..the need for speed!”?

No, me neither, but sometimes a client does want to know what can be done to speed up the often painfully slow prosecution process and secure a patent grant (or at least decision) as soon as possible.

The UKIPO offers three options for speeding up prosecution of a patent application: combined search and examination (CSER); accelerated search and/or examination; and, early publication. While CSER and early publication are available on request, justification needs to be given to get accelerated search and/or examination. One reason may be that you believe there is an infringement occurring and you need an early grant to enable action to be taken.

An alternative route to requesting accelerated search and/or examination however is via the Green Channel which allows applicants to request accelerated prosecution if their invention has some kind of environmental benefit. But, how popular is this option? (more…)

Implementing the Unitary Patent provisions in the UK – the unclear scope of the software directive on UK patent infringement

GB+EU flagThe UK recently held a consultation relating to the implementation of the Unified Patent Court Agreement and the two unitary patent regulations into UK law. One of the suggested changes was the addition of some new defences to patent infringement in section 60(5) of the Patents Act. (more…)

Intellectual Property Act – Patents Opinions Service

Court (Small)The Intellectual Property Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014 and makes a number of changes to intellectual property (IP) law in the UK.  The provisions of the Intellectual Property Act start to come into force from 1 October 2014. In this post we take a look at the UKIPO’s Patents Opinions Service. (more…)

Misleading Invoices – the UKIPO fights back

DSC03616-BFor any avid readers of the IPcopy (hi mum), you will have noticed that the subject of misleading invoices rears its ugly head on a regular basis. To summarise, if you are the owner of an intellectual property (IP) right then you may from time-to-time receive communications that resemble official looking invoices for IP services. Such misleading invoices are sent directly to the IP owner and are designed such that they give the impression to the IP owner that they have to either use the service offered or pay the amount listed, often at inflated rates.

In a positive development in the fight against companies imitating official Intellectual Property Offices, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has succeeded in bringing legal proceedings against Mr Aleksandrs Radcuks (trading as ‘Patent and Trade Mark Office’) and Mr Igors Villers (trading as Patent and Trade Mark Organisation), who admitted and settled the UKIPO’s claims of passing off. (more…)

Black and White Trade Marks – Change in OHIM/IPO Practice

pensFollowing on from our recent blog item detailing the changes in dealing with colour marks at the UK IPO and OHIM, we would like to now consider how these decisions will affect our filing practice in respect of new trade mark applications.

Previously, it was common practice to file for a trade mark in black and white, or grey scale, in order to obtain the broadest protection possible. It was accepted that a mark registered in black and white would allow the proprietor to use the mark in colour and maintain protection. Essentially, it allowed for one application to be filed in black and white, instead of numerous applications for various colour combinations. (more…)

CIPA “The UPC Needs You” webinar & other unitary patent snippets

EU flagA couple of weeks ago, on 13 November, CIPA held a webinar (“The UPC is calling You”) on the application process for unified patent court judges. The closing date for expressions of interest for UPC judges was 15th November 2013 and according to the Unified Patent Court website there has been an overwhelming response to the call for expression of interest of candidate judges. Not bad for a job where the salary, benefits, exact training schedule etc are not yet known!

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Superfast Patent Processing: Government response

Need for speed? UK decides not to "Be more dog"

Need for speed? UK decides not to “Be more dog”

As reported here on 22 April, the UKIPO opened a consultation on a new accelerated prosecution service dubbed “superfast”. The intention of this service was to offer a premium accelerated prosecution service in addition to  the free acceleration services currently available, which can already bring the time taken to obtain a UK patent to less than a year.

The Government has now publised their response to the consultation which can be found here. Not unsurprisingly, a number of concerns were raised and the Government has decided not to go ahead with the proposal.

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Trade Mark Tribunal – Fast Track Opposition Procedure at the UKIPO

UKIPOlogoBack at the beginning of May we looked at a consultation that was running at the UKIPO which sought the views of users and potential users of the UK national trade mark registration system about the introduction of a lower cost “fast track” opposition based on earlier registered or pending marks (see original post here). The consultation closed on 17 May 2013 and the Government’s response was released recently. In this post we take a quick look at the consultation again and the Government’s response.

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I feel the need, the need for speed – accelerated prosecution in the UK

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASuperfast, Green Channel, accelerated prosecution – Confused?

Four years on from the launch of the lean, mean, Green Channel patent machine, will this process for accelerating UK patent prosecution still have any worth should the new Superfast patent processing service be launched?

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Trade Mark Tribunal – Fast Track Opposition Procedure at the UKIPO

UKIPOlogoIn a recent post we looked at a consultation from the UKIPO which was proposing superfast patent processing. That’s not the only consultation that is running at the UKIPO and there is a further one entitled “Fast Track Opposition Procedure. Trade Mark Tribunal”. This consultation is running until 17 May 2013 and seeks the views of users and potential users of the UK national registration system about the introduction of a lower cost “fast track” opposition based on earlier registered or pending marks.

As noted in the consultation a fast track opposition process may differ from the existing procedures in a number of ways, namely:

  1. Lower opposition fee
  2. Grounds limited to s.5(1)/5(2)
  3. Limit to the number of earlier marks that can be relied upon
  4. If over 5 years old, proof of use to be filed with the notice of opposition using a pro-forma statement with exhibits
  5. Leave required for either party to file any further evidence
  6. Decisions normally from the papers
  7. Introduction of refundable appeal fee large enough to discourage frivolous appeals

The full reasoning behind the above proposals can be found in the consultation document but a few issues with the proposals, as highlighted by our trade mark team, are noted below:

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