Intellectual property news and updates

UKIPO announces end of interrupted days period

The extension of deadlines, in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will end on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

G4/19: Is double patenting permissible at the EPO?

Double patenting occurs when two patents are granted that relate to identical subject matter.

Update on EPO proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak

New measures have been announced for Examination and Opposition Division and Board of Appeal cases.

Online marketplaces and the storage of goods: Coty Germany (Davidoff) v Amazon

Did the sale of infringing Davidoff perfume (by a third party) on Amazon’s marketplace constitute infringement by Amazon itself?

False Declarations and Unenforceable Patents in the US

A mistake in naming inventors rendered a US patent unenforceable.

Red Bull v Big Horn: the dangers of free riding and bulls

Horns clash as Red Bull accuses Big Horn of free riding on its brand reputation.

UPDATE: EPO and EUIPO deadline extensions

Extensions are available to assist businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

‘Notorious’ prior art divides EPO Board of Appeal and Examining Division over computer-implemented invention

The EPO Board of Appeal has overturned a decision by the Examining division, on the basis of 'notorious' prior art which could not be reasonably contested.

EUIPO issues warning about IP scams

A recent scam has led to the European Union Intellectual Property Office issuing a warning to their users.

UKIPO declares ‘interrupted days’ to help with impact of COVID-19

The UKIPO has declared 24 March 2020 and all subsequent days until further notice, 'interrupted days'.

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