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:

Delays to Opening of Unified Patent Court?
It was understood that UK Government had planned to ratify the UPC agreement in May 2017 so that the Unified Patents Court could open by the end of the year.  However, that timetable now looks li...
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UK Government Preparing to Ratify Unified Patent Court Agreement
On 28 November 2016 the UK government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), which is part of the process required to establish the Unit...
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EPO Added Subject Matter Test is Relaxed
Over the past few years, the assessment by the European Patent Office of any amendments made to an application or patent in connection with the issue of added subject matter has been extremely strict....
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UK Procedures Assist German Patent Litigation
There are two primary schools of thought in patent litigation proceedings in Europe: 1) the unitary trial system followed for example by the UK Courts, where the issues of validity and infringement of...
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Practical tips for UK and EU design registrations in view of the UK Trunki decision
In the wake of the UK Supreme Court's Trunki decision, designers may now be questioning the value of registered designs to protect their products in the UK.  However, during a panel discussion at...
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UK Patent Box to be Revised

The UK Patent Box has enjoyed a good level of success.  According to the UK Government, by mid 2015 over 639 companies had used it and received a benefit totaling £335,000,000.  

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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 litigators 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. 


Williams Powell and BREXIT

No Change in European IP Service Provision

As you have probably heard, as a result of a referendum held on 23 June 2016, the UK is leaving the European Union.  You may be wondering how this affects European IP rights and the provision of European IP services.

The short answer is that for the time being there is no change.  Importantly, no EU IP rights will be lost and they will still cover the UK.

Initially, nothing will change.  There is a two-year notice period during which laws, rights and privileges will stay as they are while the UK's exit is negotiated.  During this time, it can be expected that the UK will continue to play an active role in European IP (as evidenced, for example, by the plan to ratify the UPC).  We also fully expect IP rights to be maintained after BREXIT, either exactly as they are at present or by provision of some equivalent form of IP protection under UK national law.

Williams Powell will continue to be a full service firm in relation to the filing, prosecution and enforcement of the following IP rights:

•    European patents

•    European Union trade marks

•    European Union registered designs

•    As well as, of course, UK national patent, trade mark and design applications

You may not realise that the European Patent Office is unconnected with the European Union. Accordingly, withdrawal of the UK from the EU has no effect on our ability to file, prosecute and oppose European patent applications.

There will in due course be an impact of the way in which we file EU trade mark and design applications. There is likely to be a re-registration scheme to ensure that existing EU rights continue to have effect in the UK.  It is also likely that the provisions establishing the Unified Patent Court will require amendment as well as potentially those for the EU Unitary Patent. We will of course keep you posted as the situation develops. 

Rest assured however that, no matter what happens, we will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that Williams Powell is still able to arrange for the filing of EU trade mark and design applications at exactly the same cost as in the past. It is notable that, over the past decades, litigation in Europe has moved towards UK standards and practices, including in Germany. The UK can therefore be expected to remain at the centre of IP litigation and jurisprudence whatever the final political outcome. Williams Powell is committed to continuing to provide a full EU service and remains at the heart of Europe. 


Williams Powell sponsors TechCityinsider

We are pleased to be continuing to sponsor the TechCityinsider programme for 2016-2017.

Over the coming year we will be working with the team at TechCityinsider to improve IP awareness of startups.

Our first of a series of articles on IP issues faced by startups has been published by TechCityinsider and can be found at http://www.techcityinsider.net/why-intellectual-property-matters-for-startups/ 



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Opinions on Validity of UK Patents – UKIPO given revocation powers

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EU Unitary Patent

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Changes to IP Enforcement in the UK

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