Businesses developing software which includes database management systems and information retrieval should review whether it is capable of being protected by a patent in the EU, following publication of an amended version of the European Patent Office (EPO) Guidelines for Examination.
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New law: Trade mark and registered design owners check new IPO rules about ‘representative addresses’ following end of Brexit transition period
Owners of UK trade marks and designs are checking their ‘representative address’ for each mark and design is within the UK, Gibraltar, or the Channel Islands now that the Brexit transition period has ended and, if they are owners of multiple marks and/or designs, considering using a new, temporary IPO service to replace non-UK addresses in bulk.
New guidance: Guidance clarifies how EU trade marks will be automatically registered as UK trade marks when the Brexit transition period expires on 31 December
EU trade mark owners will welcome guidance from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) explaining how it will manage the process of automatically registering their EU trade marks as UK trade marks when the UK’s Brexit transition period ends.
Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service
Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.
A chapter on corporate tax reliefs for intellectual property, highlighting tax planning opportunities and potential pitfalls. The chapter includes sections on research and development tax relief, small-and-medium-sized (SME) companies' relief, payable research and development tax credit, large companies' relief, R&D expenditure credit and anti-avoidance.
Tax lawyer Anne Fairpo provides a comprehensive analysis of the taxation of intellectual property (IP) in the UK, as well as substantial coverage of international taxation of IP. The book follows step-by-step the lifecycle of an intellectual property asset, from creating and exploiting IP through to disposal, highlighting the tax considerations and planning issues.
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Checklists for due diligence
Contains checklists covering the legal, financial and commercial aspects of due diligence, as well as other areas such as IT, intellectual property, and environmental risks. Each checklist includes a short introduction providing guidance on best use.
From idea to profit: how to market innovative products and services
Current thinking and practice in business marketing.
Good small business guide: how to start and grow your own business
A practical guide for anyone interested in starting a business.
The white-hot music IP market
Why musicians are selling their songs and recordings to activist intellectual property aggregators and other music companies.
Tech M&A: 10 key IP considerations for investors
Article give ten tips for investors on due diligence into a target's Intellectual Property (IP).
Barbarians at the gate: AI and copyright on a collision course
Article looks at how AI and machine learning in competitive intelligence and customer insights applications are on a collision course with copyright law and the content publishing industry.
Intellectual Property: Law and Practice (GOV.UK)
Consolidated list of intellectual property laws and regulations. Covers trade marks, patents, designs, and copyright.
Intellectual Property Act 2014
The full text of the Act, as originally enacted in May 2014.
The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on IP law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.
Copyright Licensing Agency
UK body representing authors, publishers and artists that looks after the rights of copyright owners and provides licenses (for a fee) for legal copying of copyright material.
European Patent Office
Information on applying for patents and a directory of national patent offices.
Intellectual Property Office
Government centre for UK intellectual property with resources for copyright, designs, patents and trade marks. The organisation offers workshops, guidance and searchable patents, trade marks and designs databases.
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)
The website provides information on international copyright legislation, publications and a directory of member organisations.
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Body concerned with international cooperation, agreements and treaties concerning intellectual property
Guides and other resources
Intellectual Asset Management
Bimonthly magazine covering business issues in intellectual property management. It also produces a yearbook of international legislation and articles.
Business and IP Centre
The British Library's Business and IP Centre offers factsheets on patents, trade marks, copyright and registered designs, guidance on international patents and training.
A large archive of documentation, guidance and support on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues. The website focuses particularly on the European Patent Office, and provides information on the differences in IPR law and practice within EU member states.
IP protection abroad: Country guides (GOV.UK)
Guidance on protecting and enforcing IP rights in several key markets around the world produced by the Intellectual Property Office. Individual guides cover Brazil, China, India, Korea, the US and Vietnam.
Products and services from Thomson Reuters for searching, screening and tracking trademarks, designs, domain names and patents.
Atom Content Marketing guides
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