Category Archives: Patents

Patents County Court FAQ

These are the questions that I am often asked by solicitors – particularly those who do not specialize in intellectual property – about proceedings in the Patents County Court What is the Patents County Court? Officially the Patents County Court … Continue reading

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Proceedings in the IPO

On Friday 29 Oct 2011 I attended the hearing officer at Concept House, the head office of the Intellectual Property Office in Newport. My opponent attended the hearing at the IPO’s premises in Bloomsbury. Her client was at the end … Continue reading

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Guernsey’s Patent Law

In her article Proposed DIFC Intellectual Property laws – A Hub for Innovation, Madeleine Heal proposed legislation whereby foreign patents, trade marks and designs could be re-registered for the Dubai International Financial Centre. A footnote to her article referred to the … Continue reading

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Top 10 IP Developments in 2010

IMHO these were the top 10 news developments for IP practitioners in 2010: 10    Unilever Plc and others v Shanks [2010] EWCA Civ 1283 Clarified the law relating to employees’ patents. See my case note of 27 Nov 2010. 9.    ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting … Continue reading

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New Patent County Court Rules

At the beginning of this month CPR Part 45 and 63 and the corresponding practice directions were amended to limit the costs that can normally be awarded in claims before the Patents County Court. In an article on my IP/IT … Continue reading

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NIPC now has Life Sciences Capability

I am delighted to welcome back to chambers my old pupil Dr. Alex Khan. Alex is a life sciences man. His doctoral research was in haematology at Birmingham University Medical School. He also holds a master’s from UMIST and a … Continue reading

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Hearing Officer sits in Manchester

I mention Wragg v Donnelly BL O/280/10 9 Aug 2010 not because I was in the case or even because I won but because it is to the first time in my 30 years at the intellectual property bar that a hearing officer has sat in Manchester. Continue reading

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