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Jo Johnson Reappointed as Minister for IP

The full list of ministerial responsibilities in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was recently finalised and announced.  It was revealed that Jo Johnson (brother of Boris Johnson) will continue in his role as Minister of State for… Continue Reading →

First Design Appeal Decision from the UK IPO

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 introduced a new appeal regime for designs.  The system of appeals to an Appointed Person acts as an alternative to the route of appealing to the High Court. This case was significant because it was the first… Continue Reading →

Brexit Negotiations will Begin on 19 June 2017

Michel Barnier who is leading the Brexit negotiations for the EU has confirmed that negotiations are due to begin on 19 June 2017 following the UK Parliament’s reconvention post the General Election.  Mr Barnier hopes to submit his first report… Continue Reading →

UK to Ratify & Join Hague Agreement for International Industrial Designs Registration in 2018

The UK Intellectual Property Minister recently announced the UK will ratify the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs by 31 March 2018 and is due to launch the service from 6 April 2018. The Hague Agreement allows… Continue Reading →

Japan to Simplify Patent Screening Processes Using Artificial Intelligence at the JPO

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) reportedly plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to automate some tasks involved in the process of patent, trade mark and design applications. The JPO is set to apply AI technology from April 2018 to… Continue Reading →

The UK Intellectual Property Office Publishes Corporate Plan 2017-2020

It is now generally accepted that intellectual property (IP) is valuable and important to the UK’s economic well-being with IP essential for innovation and growth.  The UK government aims to make the UK the best place to innovate, patent new… Continue Reading →

£270m Technology Commitment from UK Government in Spring Budget

The UK Government recently announced in the latest Spring budget that £270 million was to be allocated to launch an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  The fund is expected to support R&D in universities and businesses resulting in innovation in the… Continue Reading →

UK Publishes Digital Strategy Outlining Plans for IP Protection for 3D Printing

Advances in 3D printing and the fact that 3D printers are now more readily accessible have made it easier and less expensive for companies to produce products and to manufacture them from a single article rather than needing multiple components…. Continue Reading →

The New UK IP Minister has been announced as Jo Johnson

It was recently announced that Jo Johnson (brother of Boris Johnson) will take on the job of IP Minister for the UK government. Jo Johnson is a member of parliament (MP) and the current innovation minister. Jo Johnson’s full biography… Continue Reading →

First Preliminary Injunction Issued by Guangzhou IP Court Since Establishment in 2014

In 2016 the Guangzhou IP Court granted its first ever preliminary injunction since its establishment in 2014.  The injunction was given to French designer brand Christian Louboutin owner of three Chinese registered designs covering the lid and container of a… Continue Reading →

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