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13 Nov

Invitation to Tender: ScaleUp360 Programme Workshops and Business Advice

A procurement opportunity has arisen for a bank of high growth business support specialists to supply 1-2-1 business advice and workshops to businesses and entrepreneurs in the Sheffield City Region (SCR).

11 Nov

Flood Support from Nottinghamshire County Council and Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Council have announced their support for residents and businesses affected by recent flooding. Both councils are offering emergency payments of up to £300 for small businesses who have been affected by the floods.

30 Oct

Workshops at flagship iHub Innovation Centre achieve full occupancy

The £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park in Derby has scored another success after its state-of-the-art hybrid workshop achieved 100% occupancy.

Patent fee changes on 6 April

Posted on April 4th, 2018

Patent fees are changing on Friday.

This follows consultations on the statutory patent fees changes in 2017.

There are new fees for patent applications and patents, and new fees for lengthy applications, the Government has announced.

The changes will:
help the UK Patent Office maintain high quality, efficient services for our customers
ensure that the IPO maintains a competitive fee structure
improve cost recovery for the services it provides
continue to meet the bulk of IPO patent granting costs through renewal fees.

Guidance for business setting out the detail and how the new fees work in practice is available here.


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