Intellectual property news and updates

UK votes to leave the European Union

In a national referendum the UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU). So what happens next? Well, for the moment, very little. The UK remains a full member of the EU. It will take some time (probably a number of years) before the implications of the vote take effect. What effect will this have on my existing IP? There will be no change…

Wilson Gunn speaks to pro.manchester Corporate Finance Group

James Robey, Partner at Wilson Gunn has presented to the Corporate Finance Group of pro.manchester. pro.manchester, which represents the financial and professional sector in and around Greater Manchester, provides opportunities for members to learn from one another about key issues across the different professional disciplines. As a Patent…

Wilson Gunn exhibits alongside the Northern Automotive Alliance

Wilson Gunn is exhibiting alongside the Northern Automotive Alliance at the UK’s first Automechanika Exhibition at the NEC on 7 th – 9 th June 2016. The exhibition is an opportunity to meet over a 1,000 exhibitors, each showcasing their latest automotive products and services; as well as an opportunity to discover innovation and technology…

Wilson Gunn Announces Two New Partners

Wilson Gunn, patent and trade mark attorneys, has announced that Ben Appleton and Tim Rose have been made partners in the firm. Both are based in the firm’s Birmingham office. Ben Appleton joined Wilson Gunn in 2012 as a Senior Associate having spent a number of years as in-house counsel at Cadbury and Kraft Foods, managing the UK patent…

Good news for the heirs and employers of dead furniture designers, bad news for those who deal in replicas.

Repeal of Section 52 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is to be repealed with effect from 28 July 2016, effectively providing copyright protection to articles that could previously be copied legitimately. Will this affect you? The law To answer that question it is first necessary…

Liverpool Office Opens

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our practice with the opening of a new office in Liverpool. Our Liverpool team are specialists in all areas of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. The expansion of the city in the industrial revolution and its growth as a major port ensures Liverpool’s…

European Parliament Votes in Favour of Trade Secrets Directive

The EU Parliament recently voted in favour of the new EU Trade Secrets Directive. This Directive is intended to introduce an EU wide definition of a trade secret, defined as information which meets all of the following requirements: Is secret in the sense that it is not […] generally known among or readily accessible to persons within the…

World IP Day – IP in the fast lane

We were delighted to sponsor the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) World IP Day Celebration which took place on the 26th April 2016. The event took place at the House of Commons and was attended by Parliamentarians, senior opinion leaders, policy-makers and educationalists. This annual event helps to promote the importance of…

Fishing For Assets: The Value of Intellectual Property

Kingfisher Airlines, the now-defunct Indian airline whose parent company is United Breweries Group (UB), is putting nine of its trade marks up for auction in an attempt to repay a reported Rs 7,000 crore (approximately £748 million) owed to a number of its lenders. By way of background, Kingfisher Airlines (KAL) was founded in 2003 by famous…

War of the Kylies!

Jenner tries to trademark the name ‘Kylie’... Minogue thinks she has a nerve, but does she have a right?

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