The world of IP

The world of IP is rapidly changing.  Nowadays we live in an IP driven economy. This section headlines particular items which we believe merit your attention, news items not only from the United Kingdom but from jurisdictions worldwide.  For a more in-depth analyis of some of these items, please click on the Hot Topics section of the site. And, of course, please contact us if there is any matter on which you would like our view or analysis!



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Apple and Samsung drop patent lawsuits outside the US...

6 August 2014


After three years of legal battles, two of the world's major smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, have agreed to drop all lawsuits outside of the United States, including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan and Germany. Good news for shareholders, bad news for lawyers.

The series of high-stake lawsuits began in April 2011 when Apple sued Samsung, saying that the company's range of Galaxy smartphones had been copied from the iPhone. Samsung responded by accusing Apple of infringing several of its patents relating to mobile technology, and a succession of accusations ensued.

No cross-licensing deal has yet been signed betwen the two companies, but some observers believe that it is only a matter of time.  Apple and Samsung will continue to dispute all existing cases in the US courts.







HM Treasury seeks Stakehoder views on Patent Box...

11 August 2014


The United Kingdom Treasury and HMRC are trying to determine the impact of the introduction of the Patent Box and woud like to increase their stakeholder engagement.  If businesses do complete the questionnaire which they have drafted - responses due by 15 August 2014!! - they may choose to be included in the Treasury's Patent Box Working Group to contribute their views and experience.

If enough businesses reply to the survey, it will assist the Government in assessing the extent to which the system is assisting in increasing innovation.  The survey will also provide background for the Government in responding in September to the EU Code of Conduct Inquiry on Patent Box and the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Preactices meeting in November.

For a copy of the questionnaire please contact David Stanners drs@udl.co.uk .  

For further information about how you can benefit from the "patent box" and how UDL can help you profit from your intellectual property, please click our dedicated page from the left hand tab, or contact David Stanners drs@udl.co.uk     

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