Frequently Asked Questions
MACIPO & ASSOCIATES is a firm of specialist patent and
trademark attorneys who
help inventors, business owners, organizations, or entrepreneurs gain the
competitive edge by safeguarding and enhancing intellectual property rights
and provide full protection for all
types of Intellectual Property.
The protection of our clients’ inventions, innovations and brands is at the
heart of our practice.
The firm has extensive experience of representing clients at the United
Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, European
Patent Office, and OHIM, the European Community Trademarks and Designs
Office, not only for the filing and prosecuting of patent
and trademark applications but also in opposition and appeal proceedings for both domestic
and overseas clients. Our United Kingdom and European offices enables our patent
and trademark professionals
to maintain regular contact with examiners at the United Kingdom
Intellectual Property Office, European Patent Office, and OHIM, the European
Community Trademarks and Designs Office by
attending interviews, opposition proceedings and appeals.
FAQs - Patents
We have expertise in all technical
areas including electronics, optics, computer software, biotechnology,
chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and mechanical, civil and electrical
engineering. We keep abreast of the latest developments in technology and
patent law, and continue to be involved in some of the leading cases in
biotechnology, electronics and computer-related inventions.
We provide a complete, high-quality service, including drafting new patent
applications and prosecuting those patent applications before the British
and European Patent Offices and under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT),
as well as coordinating the filing and prosecution of corresponding national
and/or regional applications worldwide. We are also involved in obtaining
Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs). Other important aspects of our
work include advising on validity, infringement and amendment of patents,
including "due diligence" investigations; and handling patent oppositions
and revocation proceedings.
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information about what can be patented, the patenting process and the rights
a patent gives you or view our patents FAQs.
We provide a comprehensive trade
mark service, and manages the trademark portfolios of many well-known
companies. Many of our clients have realised the merits of seeking
protection throughout the European Union in a single Community Trade Mark
application, and we have extensive experience of this system. We handle
numerous trade mark oppositions for both opponents and applicants, seeking
effective commercial settlements for the benefit of our clients wherever
We continue to file and prosecute UK national trade mark applications, which
offer particular benefits including the speed at which registration may be
obtained. We also handle international trademark applications (under the
fast expanding Madrid Protocol registration system), which offer substantial
cost savings and convenience for clients wishing to register a trade mark in
multiple countries. We are also able to obtain and advise on overseas
national and regional registrations and have an extensive network of foreign
trade mark attorneys with whom we engage on such matters.
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information about trade mark registration or view our trade mark FAQs.
We advise frequently on the protection of
industrial designs related issues. We handle the filing and prosecution of
Registered Design applications in the UK, the European Community and other
overseas territories. We also advise in relation to the rights applicable to
unregistered designs in the European Community and the UK.
Design protection is often of particular relevance in circumstances where
patent protection is not available or may not provide very effective
protection, and we are well-placed to advise on the relative strengths and
weaknesses of any available patent protection and design protection in such
Click here for more information about Registered Designs, Copyright and
Design Right and our Designs FAQs.