Intellectual property news and updates

Making your mark with UK registered designs

From 1 October 2017, owners of UK registered designs are now able to mark their products with a web link with the same protection given as the term 'registered'.

Wilson Gunn successfully maintain status in Legal 500 Rankings

Wilson Gunn has maintained its position as a leading patent and trade mark firm in The Legal 500 2017 national rankings.

Velcro begs consumers ‘Don’t say Velcro’

Velcro Companies has released a music video which aims to educate the public on the proper use of their VELCRO® trade mark.

Supreme Court confirm that selling 'grey market' goods can be a criminal offence

The Supreme Court has confirmed that grey market goods fall under section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and therefore sellers may face criminal liability

Prevent your drug patent from being revoked in the US – claim sovereign immunity

A groundbreaking deal between Allergan Plc and a Native American tribe that aims to use their sovereign immunity to avoid their drug patent being revoked, could lead to other drug companies following suit.

Implementation of 2017 EU Trade Mark Reforms

From 1 October 2017 there will be three main areas of change to EU trade mark regulations; Graphical Representation, EU Certification Marks and Procedural changes.

Thailand joins the international trade mark system

The government of Thailand signed up to the Madrid Protocol on 7 August 2017, making Thailand the 99th member of the Madrid trade mark system.

The European Patent Office has amended rules 27 and 28 of the European Patents Convention

EPO rules out patents for plants and animals exclusively obtained by an essentially biological process

Welcomed reforms to unjustified threats

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 is due to come into force on 1st October 2017 and we examine the changes these reforms will make.

Non-dairy products cannot use terms such as 'milk' and 'butter'

Products such as soy milk and tofu butter may have to be rebranded following a recent ruling from the CJEU.

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