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‘Swiss-type’ claims in the UK – latest update

A recent judgment from the Court of Appeal (Warner-Lambert Company, LLC v Actavis Group PTC and others [2015] EWCA Civ 556) has shed some further light on how the England and Wales Courts interpret so-called ‘Swiss-type’ pharmaceutical manufacturing method claims. Swiss-type claims take the general form: “The use of [compound X] in the…


Batman’s sidekick finally meets his match Earlier this month, DC Comics (DC), the American comic book publisher, filed an opposition to Rihanna’s US trade mark application for ROBYN. Rihanna herself is no stranger when it comes to protecting her intellectual property rights with a recent decision at the Court of Appeal (UK) on Topshop’s…

Louis Vuitton faces fashion faux pas in Trade Mark battle

High-end designer Louis Vuitton has been refused the right to trade mark its Damier checkerboard pattern. The European Union's General Court upheld a previous ruling by the First Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), denying the designer’s right to call the pattern its own, stating that it is too…

Consultation Document on Unified Patents Court Fees Is Released

Measures are now well underway for the establishment of a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The UPC will be a single court covering up to 25 countries and will have jurisdiction over the new European patent with unitary effect (Unitary patent). The UPC will also have jurisdiction over traditional European patents. However, for a transitional…

Apple protect their latest innovation right on time

In August 2014 Apple filed a design patent application in order to protect the basic appearance of the Apple Watch. This application has now been accepted by the United States Patent and Trade Mark office. This particular patent seeks to protect the overall look of the Apple Watch. Apple received a similar design patent for its iPad and iPhone…

Kardashian clan file trade marks to protect their names

Reality TV celebrity siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner have recently filed trade mark applications in order to protect their names, which have proven to play a key role in their fashion and beauty business. The names everybody’s talking about Recently entering the spotlight by appearing on reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians”…

Google wants to buy your patents (maybe)

A few days ago, Google announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. As part of the ‘experiment’, the tech giant is inviting patent owners to offer their patents for sale to Google at a fixed price. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell…

Technology giants battle over patent license payments

Swedish telecom equipment maker, Ericsson, has been engaged in a battle over patent license payments with US technology giant, Apple, in the United States. This battle has now found its way into Europe with Ericsson claiming that, "Apple continues to profit from Ericsson's technology without having a valid license in place." Ericsson…

An end to ‘Popcorn Time’

On 28th April 2015, the UK High Court issued a ‘website blocking order’ forcing Britain’s five main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk, BT and EE to block access to a number of so-called ‘Popcorn Time’ sites that provide Popcorn Time for download. The action was filed by the Motion Picture Association of America…

When is an African patent a European Patent?

European patents extended to Morocco An agreement has been reached between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government that European patents are able to be extended to Morocco. As of 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request a designation for Morocco against the payment of a fee (€240…

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