SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 2

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products.

UK ratifies the UPC Agreement

The UK's ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement has now been confirmed by Sam Gyimah, Minister for Intellectual Property.

UK ratifies Hague Agreement for industrial designs

The UK will become a contracting party to the Hague Agreement from 13th June 2018.

Plausibility affects patent requirements

A developing principle in the United Kingdom and European Patent Office relates to whether the content of a patent application makes it plausible that the invention works as described.

UK businesses can apply for a share of £10 million for innovation projects in medicines manufacturing

Innovate UK will invest up to £10 million in innovation projects in medicines manufacturing to be funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Changes to fees for UK patent applications from 6 April 2018

The UK Intellectual Property Office has recently announced that it will be increasing the official fees on UK patent applications on 6 April 2018.

EU trade mark reform

A number of reforms to the European Union trade mark system came into force on 1 October 2017.

Patentability of products of essentially biological processes

The EPO announced on 29 June 2017 that they have decided to change their practice to exclude plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes from patentability.

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act, 2017

A clearer and more uniform regime for handling unjustified IP threats in the UK.

New guidance for registering designs in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued new guidance on how to represent designs in registered design applications.

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