The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“). This article considers the impact the Brexit Bill will have on some key patent issues. The Brexit Bill and EU Decisions In addition to
Tomorrow Hogan Lovells will join other interested parties at a round table meeting convened by the UK Intellectual Property Office to discuss the proposed approach to implementation of the new Trade Secrets Directive into English law. The deadline for implementation of the Directive is June 2018, before Brexit, and so the meeting should be interesting on
The Hogan Lovells IP team invites you to join us for our Annual Patents Conference on Tuesday 9 May 2017. In light of a number of recent, high profile European cases and decisions, we will be providing you with an overview of the outcomes and what they might mean for your organisation. We will also address the
Back by popular demand – this year’s survey includes questions on: best practice for creating and clearing trademarks; trends in online infringements of trademarks; and changes to trademark filing strategies as a result of the Brexit referendum. The resulting report will be sent to all survey participants in May 2017. The survey should take less
There is no doubt that trade secrets are valuable business assets, have a direct impact on innovation and are important drivers of competitive advantage in the market. Greater use of outsourcing and collaborations, combined with easier access to data and rising statistics of commercial espionage mean that there is currently an increased risk of trade
Today, at the meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council the UK Government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). This is part of the process needed to realise the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. An official press release from the UK IPO notes that “Following the
The Brands Team at Hogan Lovells is holding its annual Brands Seminar, on 17 November 2016 at Graphic Bar, Golden Square, in the heart of London’s Soho. With some radical changes expected over the next few years as we determine what Brexit means, our IP team examines what opportunities this may bring you and its impact
Despite the UK’s Brexit vote in June, the preparations for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court had, until now, been continuing largely as planned. The Preparatory Committee released an update on the preparations following the 18th meeting in Paris last week. The Committee used this meeting as an opportunity to discuss the road
Labour has challenged the Government to answer 170 in-depth questions on the detail of its Brexit plan. The letter sent on 12 October to the ‘Brexit’ Secretary (the Conservative Party’s David Davis) from the Labour Party’s shadow Foreign Secretary (Emily Thornberry) and shadow ‘Brexit’ Secretary (Sir Keir Starmer), requests answers to 170 key questions on
Last week, four Hogan Lovells partners met virtually and discussed the impact of Brexit on the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy as announced on 6th of May 2015 (COM(2015) 192 final) and as currently put into practice by way of numerous legislative initiatives. Don McGown (London), Winston Maxwell (Paris), Nils Rauer (Frankfurt) and Falk Schoening
As we advised in LimeGreen IP News on Friday 24 June, the result of the UK referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU may cause some uncertainty for some time from a brand protection perspective. It is important to remember that the UK is still a member of the EU.
The referendum question has finally been answered but a myriad other questions have arisen from the ballot box. In this post we look at three questions affecting trade mark portfolios, IP contracts and the UPC. We also invite you to learn more about how Brexit could affect your business in our full post referendum report here.
So, the UPC is coming in 2017. Patent owners have considered which of their crown-jewel European patents to opt-out of the system during the transitional period to avoid its unitary effect (a single action may revoke the patent in all designated states that are participating in the UPC). What next? Sit back and wait for