Entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses

UK's Intellectual Property Office confirms increase in UK patent fees

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After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018. More …

Your business and your estate: The impact of business property relief

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The Internal Revenue Service in the USA has recently brought a successful action against a business owner who gifted his business interest to his children in the 1970s but never filed the appropriate return or paid the tax due. More …

What is renewable energy?

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'Renewable Energy' is the new buzz word for diversification replacing the Livery/Holiday Cottages/office projects that landowners were implementing 10 years ago. More …

Landlords compliance

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The Court of Appeal has recently handed down its long awaited judgment in the case of Malik v Fassenfelt [2013] EWCA Civ 798. More …

A single patent system for Europe

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It has been a long time coming but the EU has approved a unified European patent scheme allowing inventors and businesses to protect their inventions across Europe (except for Italy and Spain) similar to how trade mark owners can protect their trade mark in 27 European countries using a Community Trade Mark. More …