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When Can I Disclose My Product?


From product concept through to launch, there is often a need for inventors to engage with third parties.  However, it is vital that an invention remains confidential until a patent application has been filed.  Therefore, inventors often face a difficult balancing act between discussing their product and maintaining confidentiality.

Public Disclosure

Public disclosure of an invention includes discussing it at a conference, or publishing details relating to it in a journal or a press release.  Such disclosures become part of the “prior art” for any later filed patent applications.

To obtain valid patent protection, an invention must be novel and inventive over any prior art.  Therefore, the public disclosure of an invention prior to filing a patent application will, in most cases, be a bar to obtaining valid patent protection.

For this reason, it is important that an invention is kept confidential until a patent application has been filed.

Grace Periods for Disclosures

Some countries, including the United States of America, operate a grace period (typically 6 or 12 months) for certain types of public disclosures.  Therefore, in some countries, it is possible to obtain valid patent protection even if an invention has already been publicly disclosed.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality must be maintained when engaging with potential partners, such as manufacturers, distributors, customers, and investors.  Non-disclosure agreements (sometimes referred to as NDAs or confidentiality agreements) can be used to ensure that the provision of confidential information (e.g. relating to an invention) to a third party is not a “public disclosure”, and thus does not form prior art for a later filed patent application.  However, an NDA cannot prevent a third party from making an unauthorised public disclosure of details relating to an invention, it simply offers potential recourse should this happen.  Therefore, the safest option is to file a patent application before discussing the invention with a third party.

Discussions with Chartered Patent Attorneys are protected by client confidentiality, and are therefore strictly confidential.  Therefore, from product concept, through to launch and beyond, we recommend that you contact your patent attorney before making any disclosure of your invention.

Exam Success


We are pleased to share that a number of Lawrie IP’s staff have celebrated exam success over the past couple of months.

  • Anders Jensen passed the Patent Examination Board’s UK Patent Infringement and Validity exam.  Anders is a qualified European Patent Attorney and is now just one exam away from dual qualification.
  • Chris Martin passed the Patent Examination Board’s Design and Copyright Law and Trade Mark Law exams, as well as the EPE pre-examination paper.  Chris has now passed all the UK foundation examinations and will be moving on to the final exams this year.
  • Samantha Moreton passed the Patent Examination Board’s UK Patent Law and International Patent Law exams.
  • Anthea MacMurray passed the  Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (‘CIPA’) Patent Administrators exam.
  • Emma McKay achieved a Secretarial Diploma, with distinction.

A clean sweep with all exams undertaken having been passed!  Congratulations to everyone on their fantastic results.

New Director Appointment


We are delighted to formally announce the appointment of Sharon Mackison as a Director of Lawrie IP.  Sharon joined Lawrie IP in August 2013, having previously worked at one of the UK and Europe’s largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.

Founder, Donald Lawrie says, “Over the last four years, Sharon has played a key role in building our trade mark client base, such that we are now a recognised firm for trade mark services in Scotland.  She has also been instrumental in the firm achieving and maintaining its ISO accreditations, as well as having significant input to our business development activities.  Sharon has already made valuable contributions to the management team and we are delighted to formally welcome her as a Director.”

Sharon commented on her new role: “I am delighted to accept the position of Director at Lawrie IP.  Over the last four years, we have seen significant growth both in terms of our own team and our client portfolio.  I am excited to become more actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business as we look to continue to grow in 2018 and beyond.”

Trade Mark Administrator


Competitive Salary
Glasgow

Lawrie IP is a firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in Glasgow and we are currently undergoing a period of rapid growth.

We are seeking a Trade Mark Administrator to support our expanding team of attorneys.

Your key responsibilities within this role will include the following:

  • Preparing documents (e.g., trade mark and registered design applications);
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Processing time recording, billing & invoicing;
  • Liaising with clients and foreign attorneys; and
  • Providing support to the attorneys and trainees as required.

The ideal candidate will be a CITMA qualified, or trainee, Trade Mark Administrator who is motivated, conscientious and diligent, and will take responsibility for their work.

The hours of work for this role are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.  Full-time and part-time roles will be considered.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and the opportunity to develop your career in line with the growth of the business.

To apply please email a covering letter and your C.V. to: recruitment@lawrie-ip.com

Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Patent Administrator


Competitive Salary
Glasgow

Lawrie IP is a firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in Glasgow and we are currently undergoing a period of rapid growth.

We are seeking a Patent Administrator to support our expanding team of attorneys.

Your key responsibilities within this role will include the following:

  • Preparing documents (e.g., patent and registered design applications);
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Processing time recording, billing & invoicing;
  • Liaising with clients and foreign attorneys; and
  • Providing support to the attorneys and trainees as required.

The ideal candidate will be a CIPA qualified, or trainee, Patent Administrator who is motivated, conscientious and diligent, and will take responsibility for their work.

The hours of work for this role are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.  Full-time and part-time roles will be considered.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and the opportunity to develop your career in line with the growth of the business.

To apply please email a covering letter and your C.V. to: recruitment@lawrie-ip.com

Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Patent Secretary


Competitive Salary
Glasgow

Lawrie IP is a firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in Glasgow and we are currently undergoing a period of rapid growth.

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Patent Secretary to support our expanding team of attorneys.

In this role you will work as part of a friendly and busy team, providing efficient secretarial support.

Your key responsibilities within this role will include the following:

  • Providing support to the attorneys and trainees as required;
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Audio and copy typing; and
  • Ad-hoc administrative support.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, conscientious and diligent.  It would be preferable, but not necessary, to also have a minimum of 1 years’ experience working within a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, or a similar environment (e.g., as a legal secretary).

The hours of work for this role are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.  Full-time and part-time roles will be considered.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and the opportunity to develop your career in line with the growth of the business.

To apply please email a covering letter and your C.V. to: recruitment@lawrie-ip.com

Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Trade Mark Secretary


Competitive Salary
Glasgow

Lawrie IP is a firm of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in Glasgow and we are currently undergoing a period of rapid growth.

We now have an excellent opportunity for a Trade Mark Secretary to support our expanding team of attorneys.

In this role you will work as part of a friendly and busy team, providing efficient secretarial support.

Your key responsibilities within this role will include the following:

  • Providing support to the attorneys and trainees as required;
  • Managing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Audio and copy typing; and
  • Ad-hoc administrative support.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, conscientious and diligent. It would be preferable, but not necessary, to also have a minimum of 1 years’ experience working within a firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, or a similar environment (e.g., as a legal secretary).

The hours of work for this role are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Full-time and part-time roles will be considered.

We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and the opportunity to develop your career in line with the growth of the business.

To apply please email a covering letter and your C.V. to: recruitment@lawrie-ip.com

Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Patent Attorney (Qualified or Part-Qualified)


We are seeking a qualified or part-qualified Patent Attorney with a background in Chemistry and/or Life Sciences. We envisage this role being delivered from our Glasgow office. However, we would be happy to discuss other options with interested candidates.

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who is interested in developing their own client portfolio, while assisting with the growth and expansion of the firm.  We offer a friendly and supportive working environment and the opportunity to develop your career in line with the growth of the business.

To apply please email a covering letter and your C.V. to: recruitment@lawrie-ip.com

Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Changes to UKIPO Patent Fees


On 6 April 2018, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) will introduce a number of changes to the fees charged in relation to UK patents and patent applications.

As detailed below, the changes include the introduction of new fees for both excess claims and excess pages, and increases to the existing application, search, examination and renewal fees.

New Excess Claims and Pages Fees

A fee of £20 per claim will be introduced for each claim over 25 in a patent application.  This fee will be payable as part of the search fee.  Consequently, the cost of filing a request for search could increase significantly for applications that contain a large number of claims.  For example, an application containing 75 claims will incur an excess claims fee of £1,000.

The changes will also include a new fee of £10 for each page of the description over 35, which will be payable as part of the examination fee.  Notably, this fee only applies to excess pages of the description and does not include the pages of the abstract, drawings or claims.

Additionally, a new grant fee may be payable when an application is accepted for grant.  This fee will be the sum of the charges for any additional excess claims and pages of the description that were not paid as part of the search or examination fees.  Therefore, this fee will only be applied to applications where the number of claims or description pages has increased during the examination process.

Increases to Application, Search, Examination and Renewal Fees

The increase(s) to the basic application, search, examination and renewal fees are relatively minimal.

The application fee for an online application will increase from £20 to £60.  However, a new 25% surcharge will be applied to the application fee where it is not paid at the time of filing.

Basic search and examination fees will increase by £20 for online filings.  However, as detailed above, these fees may increase significantly depending on the number of pages of the description and claims included in the application.

Additionally, renewal fees for a granted patent will increase by £10 for years 12 to 20.

Full details of the UKIPO’s fee changes are available here.

In view of these changes, it may be prudent to consider filing early applications ahead of the fee increases on 6 April 2018.  This may provide significant cost savings, particularly for applications that are likely to include a large number of description pages and/or claims.

If you have any questions or require further information on how the fee changes will affect your future or existing UK patent applications, please speak with your attorney at Lawrie IP.

 

Lawrie IP makes its debut in the World Trademark Review rankings


World Trademark Review has published The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2018 rankings, and we are delighted to have achieved a Silver ranking.  We are also thrilled that Sharon Mackison has achieved individual recognition as a leading trade mark practitioner in Scotland.

World Trademark Review annually conducts rigorous independent research to compile a list of leading trade mark practitioners throughout the world.  Their research includes submissions from firms, case studies, and feedback from client referees and other professionals in the field.

World Trademark Review summarised its research findings for Lawrie IP and Sharon as follows:

““A fast growing group of attorneys”, Lawrie IP makes its debut in the WTR 1000 for 2018.  Quality and efficiency are the key narratives for this firm, which utilises advanced internal systems to deliver the right result quickly to its clients.  Testament to this, it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certifications (the latter a reflection of its excellent security management and data protection credentials).  The firm engenders significant client loyalty through a get-to-know-you culture that is fostered by section leader Sharon Mackison.  Praised for her “flexible approach and communicative style”, she “runs a really good team”.”

Lawrie IP has invested heavily in its systems and procedures from an early stage to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and security of information.   We spend time getting to know our clients and understand their business strategies to ensure that we are able to provide commercially relevant advice.  It is fantastic to see these qualities recognised and appreciated by our clients and peers.

Thank you to our clients and colleagues who took part in the research and assisted us in achieving this recognition.

EU Trade Mark Reforms


On 1 October 2017, new EU Trade Mark reforms came into force. The reforms relate to a number of procedural matters, but also include some interesting changes regarding the requirements for registration, and the types of marks that can be protected.

Graphical Representation

One of the changes coming into effect is the abolition of the requirement for graphical representation. The exclusion of the graphical representation requirement means that the registration of non-traditional marks such as sound, motion, patterns and holograms may become easier and perhaps also more common.

The principal behind the graphical representation requirement is to provide clarity, to both the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the public, as to what exactly is registered as a trade mark. Such clarity can be difficult in respect of non-traditional marks. For example, sounds can be represented by means of a musical score, but would be meaningless to anyone who can’t read music.

Although the graphical representation requirement has been removed, going forward, a trade mark still needs to fulfil certain criteria. To be registrable, a trade mark must be “clear, precise, self-contained, easily accessible, intelligible, durable and objective”.

The EUIPO’s embrace of technology and abandonment of the requirement for graphical representation will allow the protection of sound marks via the use of MP3 files, which meets the newly codified requirements for registration, and will provide the necessary clarity to the public. This approach also now provides for the protection of new types of marks, such as multimedia marks, allowing for the combination of images and sounds to be protected by means of an MP4 audio-visual file. The use of MP4 files will also be available for the registration of motion marks.

Certification Marks

The reforms also see the introduction of EU certification marks (already available as a UK right). A certification mark differs from a trade mark, which designates the origin of the goods and services being those of a particular company, and instead acts to certify that the goods or services comply with certain standards or are of a certain quality.

The reforms offer businesses and organisations an increased scope for protecting their trade marks in the EU; however, it remains to be seen to what extent businesses and organisations will utilise these changes, and how the EUIPO will examine and interpret the new criteria, particularly in respect of non-traditional trade marks.

New Additions to Lawrie IP’s Trade Mark Team


We are delighted to introduce Lawrie IP’s two newest recruits.

Kirsten Coetzee is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. He has a MA (Hons.) in Psychology from the University of Dundee, and obtained his Law degree (LLB) from the University of Glasgow. Before joining Lawrie IP in 2017, Kirsten worked for one of the UK and Europe’s largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.

Kirsten specialises in advising clients on the protection of their trade marks, as well as the enforcement of their registered and unregistered rights. He has particular experience with clients in the areas of food and drink, software and mobile apps, oil and gas, clothing and accessories, pharmaceuticals, medical apparatus, retail, sport and leisure, marketing and business administration, financial services, design and development services, manufacturing and renewable energy.

 

Louise Greenshields joins us as Trade Mark Secretary.  Louise has extensive PA, marketing, and communications experience. She has worked in a diverse range of industries including legal, asset management and construction consultancy, media, corporate hospitality, and the drinks industry. Before joining Lawrie IP, Louise spent twelve years working for one of the world’s leading asset management and construction consultancies.  Louise provides full administrative and secretarial support to the firm’s Trade Mark Attorneys.

New Additions to the Lawrie IP Team


We are delighted to introduce three new members of the Lawrie IP team.

Anders Jensen is a qualified European Patent Attorney with a M.Sc. from the Technical University of Denmark. Before joining Lawrie IP, Anders spent seven years working for several of the UK’s largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.  Prior to that, he worked as a Patent Examiner for the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.  Anders works in the fields of electronic and electrical engineering, physics, semiconductors, sensor technologies, optics and imaging, photolithography, wireless network technologies, with particular expertise in software and web-based inventions.

 

 

Samantha Moreton is a Trainee Patent Attorney with a BSc. (Hons.) in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. in Nanochemistry from the University of Strathclyde.  Before joining Lawrie IP, Samantha spent two years working as an Analytical Chemist for a contract research organisation specialising in the analysis of pharmaceutical and agrochemical products.  Samantha works in the fields of nanochemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, chemistry, formulations, pharmaceuticals, biofuels and renewable energies, organic semi-conductors, polymers and chemical processes.

 

 

Flora Hachemi is a Trade Mark Administrator with over three years’ professional experience in the field of Intellectual Property.  Before joining Lawrie IP, Flora worked as a Patent Administrator for one of the UK and Europe’s largest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys.  Flora also has a Double Masters (LLM) in French and English Law with a speciality in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Glasgow and Université Paris Nanterre, and is currently doing the Bournemouth University Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property.

Patent Trainee Exam Success


We are pleased to announce that Chris Martin has passed three of the PEB Examinations for qualification as a UK Registered Patent Attorney, namely the UK Patent Law, International Patent Law, and English Law exams.  

Chris specialises in the fields of electronic engineering and mechanical engineering, and is now one step closer to qualifying as a Patent Attorney.

Congratulations to Chris on the successful results!

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