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Common soft IP related mistakes made by SMEs

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IP value and risk

Risk is the chance of something going wrong, and the danger that damage or loss will occur. By its very nature, there are both rewards and risks associated with IP. For anyone involved in IP, then IP related risks are part of working life.

However many ignore the risks associated with IP or only react when the risk has materialised, which is most times too late. Also, many of the IP related risks that companies face are due to their own lack of awareness or proper understanding of IP, and/or their own actions or lack of actions.

Soft IP

There are multiple forms of IP such as patents, trademarks, copyright, etc. etc.

The term ‘soft IP’ is sometimes used to refer to trademarks, copyright, and domain names, in contrast to ‘hard IP’, which is sometimes used to refer to patents.

I accept that use of this phrase is controversial among some IP practitioners, and that the term soft IP may mean slightly different things from one IP practitioner to another

This paper focuses on soft IP and in particular on trademarks, domain names and social media handles, and some of the common mistakes made by SMEs as far as these forms of IP are concerned. (more…)

EQE 2017: Walsall is back on!

epo-eqeEQE 2017 updates are coming thick and fast today.

An email is now doing the rounds from the EQE which states that: “We are glad to inform you that this [an increase in seating capacity at Walsall] will now allow all interested candidates to sit the EQE at Walsall Football Club, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA, U.K”. The text of this email is reproduced at the bottom of this post.

“I’m so glad I’m going to Walsall” was probably not a phrase many would have thought they’d be saying at the start of the year, but 2016 has been a strange year…. (more…)

EQE 2017: Letter from the Informals

epo-eqeA brief update following our post earlier in the week about the EQE 2017 exam venue. We note that the CIPA Informals’ Committee has submitted an Open Letter to CIPA’s Chief Executive, CIPA Council and the EQE Examination Secretariat. A copy of the letter can be found here.

IPcopy 25 November 2016

 

ITMA becomes CITMA

d5qznw49Today marks the official launch of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) following the grant of the Royal Charter to the Institute in April and the formal issue of the Great Seal of the Realm.  Keltie welcomes its new ‘Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys’ and congratulates the Institute on its hard work in securing this recognition for itself and its members.

Royal Charters are reserved for bodies that work in the public interest and which can demonstrate pre-eminence, stability and permanence in their particular field. The grant of the Royal Charter to the Institute is an endorsement of the high standards that the Institute has set for its members in qualification, regulation and education since it was established in 1934 and it brings the Institute in line with other notable professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).

Joanna Lucas-Munce 24 November 2016

EQE 2017: Munich March Madness

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The new desk spacing rules for the EQE exams were regarded as a bit OTT (Photo by jessica_seewer at Morguefile.com)

 

UK based patent trainees must be thinking that they’ve done something wrong in a previous life.

Last year the EQE exams were held in Bristol in a venue that attracted a number of complaints. This year’s UK exams included a venue that didn’t have tables at the start of the exam.

Now, a number of UK based EQE candidates, for both the 2017 pre-exam and 2017 main exam, have been told that they have not secured a place at the UK venue in Birmingham (the “WFC The Venue” in Walsall)  and are going to have to travel to Munich (the MOC centre).

Warning: those involved in the organisation of the EQE exams in the UK are encouraged to read the apology notice1 below before proceeding…. (more…)

Keltie hosts Sports IP Seminar with LawInSport

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(l-r): Adam Lovatt, Manuela Macchi, Sean Cottrell, Zane Shihab, Sean Corbett

Last Thursday, Keltie joined forces with LawInSport to present an afternoon of interactive presentations and discussions regarding the importance of IP in Sport.

To kick off the presentations, Sean Corbett, Brand Protection Manager at Formula One Management Limited, discussed the use and protection of IP and, in particular, trade marks, in sport and the battles that major sports brands face in protecting their trade marks and enforcing their rights. The take home message was to ensure that trade mark owners in the sports field allocate adequate resources and time to maintain, police and enhance their portfolios of registered trade marks to support the value of their brand and attract sponsors. (more…)

Keltie expands to the Republic of Ireland

Ireland County Galway Aran Islands Inisheer traditional wooden sailing boat of Galway Bay Galway hookerIPcopy is pleased to announce that Keltie has opened its first office outside the UK, in the Irish city of Galway. By doing so, Keltie has not just cemented its place in the European Union but has joined the innovation community of one of the world’s most energetic cities.

To celebrate the opening of Keltie’s new office, IPcopy thought it would be appropriate to highlight a few facts about Galway. (more…)

Prior Art Searching ‘101’

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Prior art – Prior art or state of the art or background art in most systems of patent law constitutes all information that has been made available to the public in any form before a given date that might be relevant to a patent’s claims of originality. If an invention has been described in the prior art, a patent on that invention is not valid.

It is therefore of no surprise that prior art searching is a key offering by IP Firms and IP Service Providers and a key part of the work conducted by the Patent Examiner at the Patent Office. (more…)

New Technology and IP – ITMA Seminar Review

watchesITMA held its annual Autumn Seminar in Birmingham on 6 October 2016. The theme of the event was New Technology and IP.

The first talk by Alexandra Brodie of Gowling WLG reviewed wearable technology and its implications for IP. Alexandra initially considered the meaning of wearable technology and noted that it is no longer only stuck on a wrist, but also woven in to fabric, for example, and is becoming increasingly design led. Wearable technology is not simply about the technology itself, but also the aesthetics. We were treated to some shots of models and film stars wearing the latest fibre optic LED dresses by top designers such as Richard Nicoll and Zac Posen, giving a new meaning to the ‘sparkly dress’ and demonstrating the enthusiasm for use of new technologies in high fashion. (more…)

Popular Adjunct to Patent Litigation Survives Supreme Court Scrutiny

USToday on IPcopy we have a review courtesy of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. of the Cuozzo v Lee case in the US.

Summary

On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Cuozzo v. Lee, the first case in which the Court considered the Patent Office’s new administrative reviews of patents. The Court’s decision left in place procedures that critics have charged weigh too heavily in favor of patent challengers and make it too easy to cancel patents. The decision means that these new post-grant proceedings will continue much as they have since 2012, under the same terms that have made them a popular (and lower-cost) adjunct to patent litigation. (more…)