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UK IPO intoduces new patents fees

On 6 April 2018, the UK Government has introduced a number of changes to the fees for applying for patent protection and renewing granted patents. The current and new fees can be found here. The fees have been changed quite remarkably. For example, the application fee increased from £30 to £90, the Search Fee from £150…
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How to understand Patent Search Report

The search report established for a patent application is transmitted to the applicant together with copies of any cited documents. (Wiki) "The search is an essential element of the grant procedure, being designed to identify prior art relevant to the application. The intention is to make it possible to determine, on the basis of the…
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European patent

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been established in 1977 but till this day there is no single patent valid in all Europe. Differently from European trade marks or Community designs, which after registered at the European Intellectual Property Office covers all European countries, European patent needs to be validated in different member states. So…
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How trade marks can restrict competition

Intellectual property rights (IPR) are created to foster innovation – to give incentive for a company or a creator to invest in business, create new products, brands, innovate on the existing technology. The existence of IPRs may make a market more attractive for innovators, leading to country-specific investments in marketing and distribution. Such investments may…
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Punctuality in patents

Timing is everything. Even in IP field, timing is a very important issue. Strategy, of when your invention should see the daylight, must be clear and thought-out. There are inventions that brought no profit to the owner, just because at the moment there still was no market for it, or the representation was poor. One…
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