Intellectual property news and updates

Controversial changes to EU copyright law put on hold by EU parliament

The European Union Parliament has side-lined the contentious EU Copyright Directive.

Prosecco industry claws away "PAWSECCO" trade mark

"PAWSECCO" trade mark application is refused by the UKIPO after the mark was opposed by the organisation responsible for protecting Prosecco's PDO.

European Union commission notice highlights impact of Brexit in the field of copyright

We highlight the changes to copyright that will come into place due to the UK's withdrawal from the EU by April 2019

Smells like... "PLAY-DOH?"

Hasbro successfully register the distinctive scent as a US Trade Mark.

UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On World IP Day 2018, the UK IP Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, announced the ratification of the UPCA. We look at the details of such a ratification.

Trade marks - a Messi business

Argentine football star Lionel Messi finally wins right to trade mark his own name after 7 year legal dispute

PPH Agreement between the UKIPO and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office

We detail the recent patent prosecution highway agreement between the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office.

“La Mafia” restaurant chain denied EU trade mark

The Spanish restaurant chain cannot trade mark their name as the EU General Court deem it inappropriate. We consider this and look at other similar examples.

Recordal of a Transfer of a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office guidelines have been updated concerning the recordal of a transfer of a European patent application.

Doceram v CeramTec - The exclusion of designs dictated solely by technical function

We take a look at the recent key decision made by the CJEU in the Doceram v CeramTec case, as well as considering other previous design cases that have resulted in the exclusion of designs based solely on technical function.

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