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WP Thompson has a long history of involvemnet in the production and publication of various texts and source materials on a wide variety of IP topics. Current publications with which various partners are involved are outlined below.

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Dissertation: Declaration of non-essentiality - a new cause of action

Dissertation: Declaration of non-essentiality - a new cause of action

10.11.21

"Declarations of Non-essentiality - A new cause of action?" which earned a distinction and looked at the practical use and effect of negative declarations from a court that certain patent/s are not essential (technically necessary) for the implementation of a technical standard. The particular examples discussed were in relation to GSM 2/3G standards. Full copy available in our Resources - Documents section.

Staff involved: Dr Julian Potter

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge

29.07.21

WP Thompson is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) internally and within the IP community.

We are part of IP Inclusive’s senior leaders’ think tank, which has recently launched a "Leaders' Pledge". Its aim is to help senior professionals provide visible and active leadership on improving diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

The new pledge has been signed by WP Thompson's partners Stuart Forrest, David Gill, Alistair McKinnon and Julian Potter.

The Leaders’ Pledge

The Leaders’ Pledge supplements the main IP Inclusive EDI Charter, and it is a commitment by individuals not organisations. The pledge is intended for signature by managing partners, chief executives and others in senior, decision-making roles, it includes a promise to work alongside more junior colleagues to effect positive change.
The Leaders’ Pledge consists of eight high-level commitments, shown below. Alongside each of these, a signatory commits to one or more practical steps they will take to fulfil their pledge. These steps can be tailored to suit the size, structure and resources of the individual business and how far it is already along its D&I journey. What matters most is that they are publicised, both internally and externally, to demonstrate that D&I will not be a box-ticking exercise, will not be consigned to silos within the organisation, but will be championed at the highest levels.

The commitments

1. Providing visible and proactive leadership to improve D&I in my organisation
2. Taking D&I seriously at the highest level
3. Embedding and valuing D&I throughout the organisational culture
4. Building trust and safe spaces throughout the organisation
5. Educating myself and my colleagues about D&I issues
6. Sharing my privileges
7. Insisting on equity
8. Working closely with HR and/or management colleagues to achieve this.

Staff involved: Stuart Forrest , Dr Julian Potter , David Gill , Alistair McKinnon

Trade Marks Handbook

Trade Marks Handbook

01.11.13

This reference work provides a detailed description of the law and practice relating to trade marks in the UK, and of the relevant aspects of European and international law. A detailed description of how to register and protect a trademark is included along with discussion of key issues such as renewal and restoration, licensing and related copyright matters.

Dr Robert Gregory - Chemicals North West

Dr Robert Gregory - Chemicals North West

30.10.13

Dr Robert Gregory recently wrote an article entitled “The proposed(almost) EU-wide patent system” for Chemicals Northwest quarterly magazine “Elements”. Please see the related news item and click on the link to read the interview.

Gill Smaggasgale - Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst

Gill Smaggasgale - Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst

16.09.13

Gill Smaggasgale recently wrote an article on the 'Proposals to Broaden the UK Bolar Defence'for the Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst.

Please see the related news item and click on the link displayed to read the interview.

Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed by IPPro The Internet

Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed by IPPro The Internet

02.07.13

Dr Julian Potter recently gave an interview to IPPro The Internet on his views on the relationship between patents and SMEs.

Please see the related news item and click on the 'related document' displayed to read the interview.

Staff involved: Dr Julian Potter

Community Trade Mark Handbook

Community Trade Mark Handbook

22.11.12

This looseleaf reference book offers everything one needs to know about the CTM System, detailing the entire process required for obtaining a CTM registration from start to finish. Full analysis of the OHIM legislation is included along with updates and analysis of OHIM case law. The interaction of the CTM system with the Madrid system

European Patents Sourcefinder

European Patents Sourcefinder

01.10.12

A summary of all major decisions from the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, cross-referenced and indexed for ease of access.

Staff involved: David Gill

Trade Marks Handbook

Trade Marks Handbook

14.03.12

This reference work provides a detailed description of the law and practice relating to trade marks in the UK, and of the relevant aspects of European and international law. A detailed description of how to register and protect a trademark is included along with discussion of key issues such as renewal and restoration, licensing and related copyright matters.

From Innovation to Cash Flows

From Innovation to Cash Flows

13.12.11

This publication covers critically important topics for all entrepreneurs both new and experienced. In depth and detailed discussion of intellectual property, collaboration and funding is included while combining reference to both theoretical structure and practical examples.

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