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Greenshoots is a collection of fresh intellectual property insight, analysis and commentary on the issues that matter most to those who invent, manage and protect intellectual property, written by the IP specialists of Appleyard Lees.

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Patents

Patent Box: tax relief for patent owners and patent licensees

As provided in the recent UK budget announcement, the UK corporation tax rate is set to rise from 19 to 25 percent from 1 April 2023. As a result, companies should now be thinking about whether they can make use of the tax relief provided by the Patent Box scheme.

Computing & gaming

IRONBURG V. VALVE: Protecting innovation in the USA

In a case of British “David” v. US “Goliath”, Ironburg v. Valve demonstrates the value for UK based companies to pursue a global patent strategy to protect their innovation overseas, particularly those in the gaming industry for which the US is a major market.

Litigation

Pliteq Inc & Anor v iKoustic Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2564 (IPEC) (02 October 2020)

Appleyard Lees acted for the operator of an ecommerce website which successfully defended a High Court claim for trade mark infringement brought by its international suppliers, in one of the first trials held in the Intellectual Property & Enterprise Court remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic. The client recovered its legal costs in full up to the IPEC costs cap.