Intellectual property news and updates

Fame is not everything

This dispute between the fashion brand Prada and the Indonesian hotel The Rich Prada highlights the difficulty that brand owners have in arguing that the use of a mark is detrimental to their brand's reputation. We explore this case.

A trade mark success for Sky?

We consider the outcome of the trade mark opposition from TalkTalk to Sky's "TALK SHIELD" trade mark application.

UKIPO Opposition by Caterpillar Inc against registration of trade mark HYPERCAT

Caterpillar Inc has successfully opposed the registration of HYPERCAT as a UK trade mark. We take a look at how the case unfolded.

Landmark Graphics Corporation - An insight into the UKIPO’s approach to excluded matter and an application of the Aerotel test

Using the recent example of Landmark Graphics Corporation, we take a look at the UKIPO's approach to excluded matter and consider how the patentability of computer implemented inventions are determined.

The European Parliament votes in favour of controversial changes to EU copyright law

The European Parliament has now voted in favour of the controversial copyright reform. We explain the details of these changes to EU copyright law.

Nestlé loses in battle to trade mark the shape of its four finger Kit Kat

Nestlé have been denied in their legal battle with Mondelēz concerning whether the four-finger Kit Kat bar shape constitutes a trade mark that has acquired distinctive character in the EU.

CJEU dismisses EUIPO appeal in Puma trade mark dispute

Should the EUIPO be bound by its previous decision-making practice? We take a look at the CJEU’s recent decision in Puma’s cat fight.

Trade Marks – Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Google AdWords and Domain Names

We look into IP policies of sites such as Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and Google AdWords and consider how you can protect your brands online.

‘Live’ Blocking Orders – Football Association Premier League v BT

The High Court awards the FAPL with an extension to their 'live' blocking order.

Canada joins the Hague Agreement

Canada becomes the 69th member of the Hague Union.

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