Intellectual property news and updates

EU trade mark registrations for shop designs

The Court of Justice of the EU recently ruled that shop and store designs and layouts may be protectable by registered trade marks.

Living organisms cannot be protected by registered designs

A design for life? Apparently not, as OHIM rule that living organisms cannot be protected by registered designs in Europe.

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 and design protection

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 is designed to modernise various aspects of the law in relation to intellectual property. Read this article for details of some of the changes relating to design protection.

Can you afford not to protect your intellectual property?

Many UK SMEs are unaware of their intellectual property rights, with most failing to take advantage of benefits arising from their valuable IP assets. We help to summarise some IP options.

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a new body set up in September 2013 to specifically target online piracy, counterfeit goods and other kinds of IP crime. Click here to find out more.

Improving registered design protection to help businesses

An Intellectual Property Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords. This Bill intends to reform design protection in the UK in order to simplify and improve design protection.

Trunki Sends Kiddee Case Packing

In a recent High Court case, Magmatic Limited vs. PMS International Limited, the claimant, which manufactures and sells the Trunki suitcase for children, was successful in its claim of registered design and unregistered design right infringement by the defendant.

Community Designs and Trade Marks will now cover Croatia

On the 1st July 2013, Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union (EU).

Wilson Gunn wins awards in patents and designs

We are delighted to report that Wilson Gunn achieved double success in the 2013 Corporate Intl Legal Awards, picking up the awards for IP Patents Law Firm of the Year in England and Design Law – Law Firm of the Year in England.

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