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News and Events 2018

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Ansons is continuing to make local businesses aware of Intellectual Property, their own and that of other businesses.  On 05 January 2018 Trade Mark Attorney, Cherrie Stewart attended 9:15 Biznet at Antrim  Enterprise Centre to speak to local start-ups and SME's about the "Essentials of Intellectual Property".  She will be returning there on Friday, 27th April 2018 to speak in more detail on the subject of "Copyright".  

Essentials of Intellectual Property at 9:15 Biznet


BREXIT Breakfast:  Intellectual Property

BREXIT is on the horizon and will affect many aspects of business including Intellectual Property protection.


Ansons is hosting a breakfast on Thursday, 15th February 2018 from 8:00am-9:30am at the Clayton Hotel, Belfast to discuss what affect BREXIT will have on Intellectual Property Rights.


Having served Northern Ireland’s businesses for over 30 years, Ansons' trade mark and patent attorneys are well placed to provide the advice needed to protect your IP during this period of transition.


We will consider questions such as:-


Will a European Union Trade Mark Registration still be enforceable in the United Kingdom?

Will use of a trade mark in the United Kingdom be considered to be use in the European Union?

Will use in the United Kingdom exhaust my trade mark rights in Europe?

Can I still validate my European Patent in the United Kingdom?


Ansons' Trade Mark and Patent Attorneys will give a short presentation and be on hand to answer your questions.


Who should attend?


Anyone who has registered or unregistered Intellectual Property Rights in the UK and Europe and anyone interested in obtaining such rights.




8:00 - 8:30am - Breakfast and networking

8:30 - 9:00am - Presentation

9:00 - 9:30am - Questions



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Unwrapping the Patent Box


Date:         Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Time:         08:30 – 9:00am – Registration

                  9:00am – Presentation starts

                 10:00am – Close

Venue:      EY, Bedford House, Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7DT


This seminar will provide insights into how companies can obtain patents in the UK and elsewhere and the tax benefits these can deliver.  This seminar will also explore the changes to the modified Patent Box and how companies can protect this reduced rate of tax,


This seminar will be delivered by Ian Edwards and the EY Belfast Innovations team along with Ansons’ patent attorney, Nikos Minas.

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Ansons Trade Mark Attorney, Cherrie Stewart attended an engaging and informative talk by Aisling Byrne of @CFR_Law, in collaboration with @CIMinfo_Ireland, on Data Protection and GDPR; a very important topic which all companies need to be aware of.


The venue for the event was RSPB WOW in Belfast.  A great panoramic view of Belfast Lough matched by the panoramic overview of Data Protection and GDPR provided by Aisling Byrne.

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06 March 2018

Unwrapping the Patent Box

Ansons' patent attorney, Dr Nikos Minas, together with Lauren Porter and Robyn Kerr members of EY Belfast's Innovation team, unwrapped the Patent Box at a Breakfast Seminar held in Belfast.


A time of networking over breakfast was followed by a seminar on this important, but oftentimes overlooked, tax incentive.


The Patent Box, which allows a reduction of the tax payable of profits derived from patented products to 10%, may result in significant savings for companies which innovate.  


An audience of innovators, entrepreneurs and accountants listened to an explanation of some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround the Patent Box, the requirement of a qualifying right and how to obtain such a right.



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13 March 2018


Ansons' Patent Attorney, Nikos Minas is looking forward to presenting at the forthcoming Robotic Process Automation (RPA) conference. His talk will focus on the protection of industry 4.0 innovations, and how to leverage IP assets to gain a competitive advantage in the era of automation.  The conference features insightful talks by recognised experts addressing the actual developments and trends in RPA.

For more information or to book your place click here

25 July 2018


A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) extends protection of a patented product past the 20 year term (for a maximum further term of 5 years) if that product is also protected by a marketing authorisation.  However, whether a product covered by a marketing authorisation is “protected” by a patent has been the subject of various referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).


In Teva v Gilead (C-121/17 here), the CJEU has today given its ruling on the criteria for deciding whether "the product is protected by a basic patent in force" in Article 3(a) of Regulation No. 469/2009.


The Court (Grand Chamber) ruled:


Article 3(a) of Regulation No 469/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009, concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products, must be interpreted as meaning that a product composed of several active ingredients with a combined effect is ‘protected by a basic patent in force’ within the meaning of that provision where, even if the combination of active ingredients of which that product is composed is not expressly mentioned in the claims of the basic patent, those claims relate necessarily and specifically to that combination. For that purpose, from the point of view of a person skilled in the art and on the basis of the prior art at the filing date or priority date of the basic patent:


–        the combination of those active ingredients must necessarily, in the light of the description and drawings of that patent, fall under the invention covered by that patent, and


–        each of those active ingredients must be specifically identifiable, in the light of all the information disclosed by that patent.


There are still several referrals to the CJEU pending on other controversial areas of the law concerning SPCs but the above should help to give some certainty.


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Masterclass: Making Money from your Intellectual Property

Ansons is teaming up with Leytons and the Innovation Factory to deliver a a Masterclass with the aim of assisting attendees identify their Intellectual Property and release the money earning potential from these lucrative, intangible and often over looked assets.


We will explore the different types of Intellectual Property , which encompasses, among other things, patents, trade marks, designs and copyright and the best way of protecting them, before moving on to examine the different ways in which these assets can be used to increase a company’s revenue.


Be sure to book your place early at this, sure to be popular, Masterclass.

For more information or to book your place