IP strategies for SMEs

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The European Patent Office have recently published an insightful series of case studies analysing the IP strategies of a number of European-based SMEs. These case studies provide an overview of IP strategies of businesses in different industry sectors, which include areas such as managing patent portfolios; entering partnerships and monitoring… Read more »


High value intangibles

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This week, the World Intellectual Property Organisation launched their inaugural study on the value of “Intangible Capital” in manufactured goods. The report examined manufactured goods in the period 2000-2014 and highlights the extent to which intangible value, such as brand value and intellectual property, contributes to the overall value of… Read more »


Geographical indications – is whisky ever port?

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Port vs. Whisky and Geographical Indications You may have heard of the rules governing the use of certain geographical names in products. For example, you can’t claim to sell sparkling white wine called ‘Champagne’ unless it is produced in the Champagne region of France. Another example is the Cornish Pasty…. Read more »


Indemnity clauses in IP – read the fine print!

When businesses enter into contractual negotiations, there are dozens of priorities in mind, the main one usually concerning getting the deal done! However, the provision of indemnities under contract are an important area to consider and it is vital that businesses identify where these are in place, because they can… Read more »


Patent infringement defence cover for Technology and Life Science companies

We have been offering stand-alone IP cover, including for patents, for several years. However, many CFC customers across our US and UK product lines may not necessarily purchase stand-alone IP cover. That’s not surprising, seeing as intellectual property is a bit of an abstract concept for many businesses, and few… Read more »


Quirky IP news galore

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It has been a month of strange trademark news. A local UK convenience store hit the headlines after the owner was threatened with legal action by Sainsbury’s for his take on the brand’s well-known name. In response to the threat of legal action, the shopkeeper of ‘Singhsbury’s’ decided to resolve… Read more »


Forum shopping – USA legal update

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Last month (22nd May 2017), the US Supreme Court delivered a significant ruling in its verdict on TC Heartland LLC v Kraft Food Brands LLC. Background In 2015 a civil action was submitted to the District Court for the District of Delaware, concerning a series of ‘squeezy’ concentrated juice pouches… Read more »


Swiss are patent application champions

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Each year, the European Patent Office releases in-depth statistics about patent applications by country. The results of their research are published in handy ranking tables – one of them comparing the number of patent applications from inventors in each country with the total population of that country for a “Ratio… Read more »