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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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Ford intends to open up its electric vehicle patents in order to support sustainability.

The portfolio, which includes 650 patents and over 1000 patent applications focussing on specific electrical vehicle technology, would be open to the public.

However, Ford does not give away its patents for free. What it actually does, is opening up a part of its portfolio for licensing purpose. In order to use the portfolio or a part thereof, interested parties have to contact Ford’s technology commercialization and licensing office or work through Autoharvest,  an automaker collaborative innovation and licensing marketplace. AutoHarvest allows members to showcase capabilities and technologies, then privately connect with fellow inventors to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest.

The announcement of Ford is therefore rather a marketing strategy than anything else.

Article Published June 8, 2015