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By Mary White Summary The UK’s departure from the EU meant that EU trade marks no longer have legal effect the United Kingdom. Existing EU trade marks which were registered by 31st December 2020 were automatically protected, but pending applications were not. If you...read more
There are two main IP considerations for exporters: (1) avoiding potential infringement of existing third party rights; and (2) protecting their own rights in the new market of interest. It is recommended that companies start considering IP at an early stage and plan...read more
Computer Simulations are Patentable in Europe In one of the most important computer and software related decisions in recent years, the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in case G1/19 has confirmed that: Computer simulations may be patentable as part of a system or...read more
By Guy Cooper The UKIPO’s rules on address for service have changed. As of 1 January, 2021, you will need to provide an address in the UK, Gibraltar or the Channel Islands for all new actions before the UKIPO. This includes: filing a new UK patent application or SPC...read more
Since the end of the Brexit transition period (1 January 2021) certain types of design rights are no longer valid in the UK. The rights affected are: Registered Community designs (RCDs) International design registrations protected in the EU under the Hague Agreement...read more
As of 1 January 2021, EUTMs now no longer protect trade marks in the UK. Under the Withdrawal Agreement Act, on 1 January 2021, the UKIPO automatically created a comparable UK trade mark for all right holders with an existingEU trade mark registration. These rights...read more