Intellectual property news and updates

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.

Pirelli fails to obtain European trade mark

The European Union General Court has denied Pirelli's recent trade mark request regarding the curved strips on their tyres.

New test for patent infringement in the UK

The UK Supreme Court's judgment in Actavis v Eli Lilly delivers the most significant change in the law of patent infringement in the last decade.

Louboutin's red sole trade mark in another legal battle

A recent opinion from the Advocate General (AG) potentially signals bad news for the fashion brand's Benelux trade mark.

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