Intellectual property news and updates

Undisclosed Disclaimers and Accidental Anticipation

The EPO has issued a decision, that will interest those in the chemical & food and drink industries, relating to 'undisclosed disclaimers' in patent claims.

SMEs with intellectual property rights more likely to experience high growth

The EPO and EUIPO have published a report finding that SMEs that have IPRs are more likely to experience high growth. We look at the details of the report.

Liverpool FC beats Lotto Sport Italia in trade mark dispute

Liverpool Football Club have successfully defended two TM registrations against an opposition from the Italian sportswear manufacturer Lotto Sport Italia S.p.A.

GAME OF VAPES victorious in trade mark battle

HBO has been unsuccessful in its recent opposition to the registration of GAME OF VAPES as a UK trade mark. We examine the case and give our conclusion.

What makes the colour red?

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has successfully argued that a trade mark registration owned by Fromageries Bel SA, owner of the Babybel brand, is invalid.

Infringement by Equivalence in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Following on from two high profile recent cases; Actavis v Eli Lilly and Icescape v Ice-World, the IPEC have handed down a judgement based on the relatively new definition of patent infringement, infringement by equivalence. We give our opinion and recommendations based on this form of infringement.

Philips' patent for GPS athletic performance monitoring device held largely invalid

This Garmin v Philips patent case provides insight into issues surrounding patent protection where an existing technology in one field is adopted in another.

Potential Amendments to Chinese Patent and Design Law

The SCNPC are considering a Draft Amendment to Chinese patent legislation. We examine the details.

The UK implements the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015

We outline the key changes that have come about from the new EU Trade Mark Directive.

New Canadian trade mark legislation announced

There will be significant changes to trade mark legislation in Canada from 17 June 2019.

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