Intellectual property news and updates

UK ratifies the Hague Agreement on industrial designs

With the UK’s ratification of the Hague Agreement, from 13 June 2018 UK applicants can obtain a UK registered design right directly via the Hague system.

The Internet of Things: Protecting Your IP in the Next Tech Revolution

We consider how intellectual property can be protected in the next digital revolution of technology.

Japan and India Join Designview

From 19th January 2018, India has made its design data available within Designview following on from Japan joining on the 4th January.

The London Taxi Company: Another Lesson in Distinctiveness and 3-D Shape Marks

In early November 2017, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision that the classic black cab 3-D shape could not be registered as a trade mark.

The effect of Brexit on geographical indications

The European Commission has suggested that the UK needs to legislate to recognise the protection of food products labelled with the EU’s geographical indications (GIs) as a result of Brexit.

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'.

Sights set overseas?

We provide a number of key points that should be considered when seeking patent, trade mark and design protection abroad.

UK to adopt the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs

We take a look at how the UK will take on the Hague Agreement post-Brexit and how this will affect UK businesses.

Changes to UK registered design fees – 1 October 2016

From 1 October 2016, the fees for UK registered designs are changing to offer designers significant savings.

The Right to Repair and Update

The long running ‘right to repair’/’spare parts’ saga took another interesting step forward with the recent Mars UK Ltd v Tecknowledge Ltd case—curiously, in the unlikely field of software. Intellectual Property occupies an equivocal area of the law. Monopolistic protection is permitted, exceptionally, to preserve individual ownership…

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