Do you qualify for First Time Buyer’s Relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax? A First Time Buyer is defined by the Revenue as someone who has never owned property anywhere in the world before. So, if you are a First Time Buyer buying a property, you...
Checking for existing patents in force is easy (and free) if you use the UK Intellectual Property Office's (UKIPO) patent databases which are accessible online. The new databases replace the Patents Journal and are designed to make obtaining information sought a quicker process.
The first of the databases contains current UK patents that are open to licensing agreements.
The second database contains patents that are no longer in force.
Using the databases allows businesses to look for commercial opportunities, such as patents which they may be able to exploit for themselves if they can reach an agreement with the owner of the patent, or patents which have effectively come into ‘free use’ by expiring.
In addition, patent applications that are filed but not yet published will be able to be examined online within a few weeks of filing.
The UKIPO has also offers a toolkit to assist businesses in helping them understand how counterfeit goods enter the supply chain and step by step guidance on what to do if counterfeit goods are detected.