Intellectual property news and updates

Changes to UK registered design fees – 1 October 2016

From 1 October 2016, the fees for UK registered designs are changing to offer designers significant savings.

Changes to UK Patent Rules – 1 October 2016

An overview of the changes to UK patent rules which will be introduced on 1 October 2016.

Kingfisher Airlines – the importance of reputational brand value

In April this year we reported on the impending auctioning off of a number of pledged trade marks owned by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KAL) in a somewhat anxious attempt to recover the reported Rs 7,000 crore (if not more) owed to its 17-strong lender consortium. The story highlighted how a business’s intellectual property portfolio…

The Right to Repair and Update

The long running ‘right to repair’/’spare parts’ saga took another interesting step forward with the recent Mars UK Ltd v Tecknowledge Ltd case—curiously, in the unlikely field of software. Intellectual Property occupies an equivocal area of the law. Monopolistic protection is permitted, exceptionally, to preserve individual ownership…

Hyperlinking – the verdict from the CJEU

We take a look at the ruling from the CJEU in the copyright dispute between GS Media and Sanoma

Hyperlinking – an act of copyright infringement?

Ahead of a ruling to be handed down later this week, we take a look at the dispute between GS Media BV (“GS Media”) and Sanoma Media Netherlands BV (“Sanoma”).

One month to go – Article 28(8) EUTMR declarations

Proprietors of European Union trade mark registrations applied for before 22 June 2012 and registered before 23 March 2016 have one month left to avoid loss of rights.

UK patent law changes to benefit applicants

The UK government published a consultation on 29 February 2016, seeking views on a package of proposed amendments to the current Patents Rules. The proposals, eleven in total, aim to simplify detailed aspects of UK patents legislation, to provide greater clarity and to reduce the burden on businesses by taking account of modern working practices…

Have you heard of Rule 40?

The Olympic Games are in full swing as athletes from around the world compete to become an Olympic champion. For many of those taking part, getting to the Games has only been possible with the support of lucrative sponsorship deals. However, those athletes and companies have to take care to avoid falling foul of the Olympics strict rules surrounding…

It's all in the name

As the new Premier League season kicked off at the weekend, many football fans from around the country tuned in to see Gary Lineker present ‘Match of the Day’ in his underpants. Trade mark experts were, on the other hand, reflecting on the troubles that were experienced when manager, Jose Mourinho, made his move from Chelsea to Manchester…

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