Williams Powell

British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

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Williams Powell

11 Staple Inn
London
WC1V 7QH
United Kingdom

T: +44 207 242 7005

F: +44 207 242 7115

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Recent News:

EU Advocate General Recommends Rejection of Spanish Objections to EU Unitary Patent
When EU member countries decided to work together to create the EU Unitary Patent, Spain refused to take part and subsequently filed various challenges against the proposals with the Courts of Justice...
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European Patent Applications - Changes to search procedure where there is a lack of unity take effect on 1 November 2014
Summary Does the EPO consider your ex-PCT application to cover more than one invention?  Has that additional invention not yet been searched? Up to now, if you have wanted that additional invent...
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Death of UK Patent Box (and closure of all IP Tax Regimes)?
Germany and the UK have jointly proposed the closure of all IP tax regimes (including the UK's Patent Box) from June 2016.   The proposal will go before the Organization for Economic Cooperation...
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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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Welcome

We are a full service IP practice of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in London in the UK. We support clients throughout the entire life cycle of Intellectual Property rights.  We are experienced litigatrors and regularly represent clients before UK Courts, at the European Patent Office, OHIM and before UKIPO tribunals. 

We specialise in successfully obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights for clients, ranging from multinationals, SMEs, start-ups and private inventors. The firm is expert in all aspects of UK and European patent, trade mark and design law, with notable technical expertise in medical devices, computing and software and pharmacology.

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 co-presented a seminar with Roy Maugham, head tax partner at UHY Hacker YoungPractical advice was 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 took place at the UHY Hacker Young London office.

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INTA Hong Kong - May 2014

John Reddington represented Williams Powell at the 2014 INTA annual conference in Hong Kong.

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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 was featured tonight on the BBC's World Business News and World Business Report.  Jonathan discussed 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 London, Paris and…

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Articles:

EU Unitary Patent

EU Unitary Patent Summary By a large majority, the EU Parliament on 11 December 2012 voted to approve legislation that enables implementation of the Unitary Patent, a single EU-wide (well almost)…

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…