Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption
201802.13
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Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption

The UK Government has announced, via the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), that the UK will ratify the Unitary Patent Court (UPC). Once active, the Court will determine disputes arising out of the newly created EU patent which will be valid across the EU and the UK. There had been question marks over the Court’s presence…

Patents: does additional matter matter?
201706.08
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Patents: does additional matter matter?

HHJ Hacon has provided guidance on the impact of adding subject matter to a patent via his judgment in Curt G. Joa, Inc. v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC) (Curt).  In Curt, the patent in suit covered disposable absorbent garments, such as a diaper. By way of background, to obtain a patent, applicants…

Uber Auto Drives Into Costly Google Dispute
201705.26
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Uber Auto Drives Into Costly Google Dispute

In March, we reported on a new legal dispute between Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company – Alphabet Inc, and Uber. The dispute arose after Waymo accused Uber of stealing their trade secrets and infringing their patents regarding the technology involved in the self-driving car. Waymo filed their lawsuit against Uber after they learnt…

What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?
201705.25
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What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) is a specialist court operating within the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The court has existed in some form since 1990 but following a rebranding exercise in October 2013, the IPEC was formally established. The IPEC has jurisdiction over intellectual property cases including patents, trademarks and…

Uber Self-Drives Into Patent Trouble With Google
201703.15
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Uber Self-Drives Into Patent Trouble With Google

Uber, the online transportation network which has recently been in the news for losing an employment rights case, has found itself in the middle of yet another legal dispute this time with technology heavyweights, Google. Alphabet Inc, the multinational conglomerate and parent company to Google, boast a portfolio of several subsidiaries in a number of…

Free intellectual property seminar at the Northern Design Centre – 24 May 2017
201703.07
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Free intellectual property seminar at the Northern Design Centre – 24 May 2017

McDaniel & Co. will host a free seminar on intellectual property rights in partnership with the Furniture Makers’ Company on 24 May 2017 at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. Lunch will be provided. Attendees will hear talks from Niall Head-Rapson, Director of intellectual property boutique McDaniel & Co. and Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of…

Apple saves itself $533 million
201703.06
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Apple saves itself $533 million

Apple has been successful in avoiding paying damages worth $533 million to Smartflash following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit holding that three patents on mobile payments owned by Smartflash were ineligible for protection. Whilst Apple is continually involved in litigation, this decision represents a significant win and is an interesting case…

Snapchat IPO story hit with patent
201702.07
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Snapchat IPO story hit with patent

On the same day that Snapchat announced it was to float on the NYSE the social media giant faced a claim to invalidate one of its patents by a Canadian company, Investel, who is trying to launch a competing service, IFrame. The claim alleges that Snapchat infringes Investel’s Canadian patent on location-based photo filters. Investel…

Patent Box Tax Relief Statistics Released
201610.10
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Patent Box Tax Relief Statistics Released

Patent Box is a Government initiative designed to incentive innovation by enabling companies to benefit from a lower level of Corporation Tax on profits attributable to the utilisation of patented technology. The scheme was introduced on 1 April 2013 and is effective in respect of qualifying profits from that date onwards, providing companies wishing to…