It has been truly humbling, and deeply comforting, to have been inundated with so many lovely messages since we announced the passing of our beloved friend and colleague David Keltie. We appreciate each and every kind word.
A service in celebration of David’s wonderful life will take place in Southwark Cathedral at 3:30pm on Thursday 10 March. The service will be followed by a drinks reception.
As space and therefore numbers will be limited, we ask those who would like to attend to let us know as soon as possible please, by email to email@example.com. Further details of the event will be emailed to attendees in due course.
We look forward to sharing happy memories of David with the many people who loved him.
In his final weeks, David was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London. Donations in David’s memory will help the Hospice to continue its wonderful work.
By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with intellectual property (IP). Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. Risk management is the process of analyzing exposure to risk and determining how best to then handle such exposure.
Of course, not all IP risks are the same and they may be broken down into a variety of different categories. One such category is ‘origin’ namely identifying from where the IP related risk comes. (more…)
Preparatory Committee – the next meeting for the Prep Committee is scheduled for this month and the agenda is scheduled to cover some significant items including: judicial salaries, Registry rules, arbitration and the final proposal for the court fees. (Will there be any changes to the level of the opt-out fee? It will be interesting to see the updated proposal in due course.) The Rules of Procedure will require some minor tweaking to incorporate the court fees and also admin errors in the opt-out process and the Rules are due to come before the Prep Committee in April. (more…)
The UK’s Oil and Gas industry is, according to the UK Government press release last week, its largest industrial sector worth around £19 billion and accounting for 375,000 jobs within the economy. It is estimated that the oil that can still be exploited from the North Sea may be equivalent to 50% of all the oil exploited to date. The decommissioning business is forecast to be around £45 billion in the next 25 years or so.
Against this backdrop however the oil and gas sector is in the midst of a challenging time with the oil price in the $30 a barrel area, down from $90-120 a barrel just a couple of years ago.
In response to the ongoing situation in the oil and gas industry sector, the UK Government has announced a range of measures including a £1.3 billion package of reforms in the March 2015 budget. The Oil and Gas Authority was also established in April last year to improve collaboration and productivity, attract investment and to create jobs in the sector. (more…)
The always entertaining and informative Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s annual patents seminar was held last week and included a round-up of recent developments relating to the unitary patent and UPC. (more…)
There are no easy games at this level: EU General Court Refuses Trade Mark Registration of FC Barcelona’s Crest Silhouette
In April 2013 FC Barcelona applied for the registration as a Community (EU) Trade Mark of the silhouette of its crest in relation to a range of goods in classes 16 (paper goods, stationery, etc), 25 (clothing, footwear, headgear) and services in class 41 (including sports activities).
The mark for which FC Barcelona was seeking registration is the following:
The UKIPO is currently running a consultation that proposes changes in registered design fees. According to the consultation page on the UK Gov website the consultation arises from the development of a new digital design service for design customers. The new design service is expected to streamline the registration and renewal process with an associated reduction in operation costs. The government needs (wants?) to pass on these cost savings to the customer, hence the consultation. The proposed changes would significantly reduce application and renewal fees for UK registered designs. (more…)
Update (19 January 2016)
According to the website of the Council of the European Union, Finland has now deposited its instrument of ratification (on 19 January 2016) to become the ninth country to complete its ratification formalities. Finland joins Portugal, Luxembourg, Malta, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, France and Austria as one of the nine countries who have completed their ratification processes.
The unitary patent system of course requires 13 countries to ratify including the UK, France and Germany.
“I want to create something amazing” isn’t a phrase that one expects to hear from an equity partner in an IP firm approaching his fiftieth birthday. But David Keltie loathed the idea of accumulating money simply to retire. His motto was that the older you get, the more risks you should take.
We are heartbroken to announce that our beloved friend and colleague David Keltie passed away on 6 January 2016 after a long illness, so bravely borne. May he rest in peace.
Donations in David’s memory may be made to the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, London.