Williams Powell

British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

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Williams Powell

11 Staple Inn
United Kingdom

T: +44 207 242 7005

F: +44 207 242 7115

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Recent News:

European Patent Applications – R164 changes allow additional searches for cases lacking unity
The European Patent Office, EPO, has announced that as of 1 November 2014, it is relaxing rule R164 EPC on how lack of unity is dealt with.  Currently, on European applications that are filed fro...
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European Patent Applications – change in deadline for filing divisional applications
The European Patent Office has announced changes to R36 EPC with effect from 1 April 2014 such that a divisional application may be filed for any pending European patent application.  The wording...
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EU - Spain and Itay's challenge to unitary patent rejected
On 16 Apr 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rejected challenges by Spain and Italy to the legislative process used to establish the unitary patent framework.  Spain and Ita...
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Update on Patenting of Human Embryos in Europe and the UK
Uses of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes are excluded from patentability in Europe and the UK.  In Decision G2/06 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office,...
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We are a medium sized firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in the UK.  We specialise in obtaining and enforcing Intellectual Property rights for our clients who range from private individuals to start-ups to multinational corporations.

While the strong technical and legal expertise of our attorneys is often a differentiating factor when we are compared to our competition, we are frequently selected over other firms due to the manner in which we provide a cost effective marriage of our expertise with advice and services relevant to the business needs of our clients.

We don't believe "one size fits all" and are willing to tailor our services to meet the needs and business requirements of the client. 

Meetings and Presentations:

R&D and Patent Box - 26 March 2014

Ian Tollett will be co-presenting a seminar from 5-7pm with Roy Maugham, head tax partner at UHY Hacker YoungPractical advice will be provided about how innovation in your business could result in significant tax savings, as well as explaining the patent process and how protecting your innovation can provide you with an important commercial advantage. The event will take place at the UHY Hacker Young London office.  Please click here to register by Friday 21 March.

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INTA Hong Kong - May 2014

John Reddington will be representing Williams Powell at the 2014 INTA annual conference in Hong Kong and looks forward to meeting up with clients and colleagues. Ian Tollett will also be visiting clients in Hong Kong and Japan in May 2014.

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APAA 2013

Sarah Georgiou is attending the Asian Patent Attorneys Association's meeting in Vietnam between 19 and 22 October 2013 and looks forward to meeting clients, friends and making contact with you there.

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BBC World Business News and BBC World Business Report 11 December 2012: EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

Jonathan Exell will be featured tonight on the BBC's World Business News and World Business Report.  Jonathan will be discussing the effect of the European Parliament's approval earlier today of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.

Subject to ratification by EU member states, the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will come into effect on 1 January 2014.  The European Patent Office is to manager the system up to grant with infringement being considered locally or in the Central Division Court (split between…

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Changes to IP Enforcement in the UK

The Patents County Court (“PCC”) was established in 1990 to provide small to medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) with an alternative, lower cost forum to the Patents Court, a branch of the Chancery…

Barking mad? EU General Court dilutes protection afforded by composite marks

A recent decision of the General Court of the European Union sheds lights on the scope of protection for trade marks consisting of words and pictorial devices. A trade mark may consist of or include…

Will there be a European Community Patent?

There have been proposals for a European Community wide patent at least as far back as 1977 yet the obstacles have never been overcome. However, recent developments mean that a compromise position…

Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway, PPH, system represents a cost-effective way of progressing patent applications. In particular, we have found that UK PPH first filings are particularly effective in…