Intellectual property news and updates

Community Trade Marks for 2016 – All change on 23 March

Important changes are being made to Community Trade Marks from March 23rd. Not only are they being renamed, the official fee structure is also changing. Our full report gives details on how it may affect you.

Court refuses Coca-Cola Trade Mark Application for bottle shape

Senior Associate, Simon Church, discusses the recent decision on the Coca-Cola bottle shape Trade Mark Application

Courts refuse K-Swiss Trade Mark application

Designer shoe label refused trade mark application. Wilson Gunn discusses the full case.

Community Trade Marks for 2016 - All change!

Community Trade Marks are set to change this year - get all the details here.

Halloumi trade mark in meltdown as courts reject application

In 2013, the Republic of Cyprus applied to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) for registration of two community trade marks, HALLOUMI and XAΛΛOYMI, for cheese, milk and milk products. As will probably be well known, HALLOUMI and XAΛΛOYMI designate a particular type of cheese originally created in Cyprus. OHIM originally…

European Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent

Presently, national courts of each contracting state of the European Patent Convention decide on the infringement and validity of European patents in their own jurisdiction. This means that when a patent proprietor wishes to enforce their patent, or when a third party wishes to invalidate a European Patent once the opposition period has expired…

Consultation Document on Unified Patents Court Fees Is Released

Measures are now well underway for the establishment of a Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. The UPC will be a single court covering up to 25 countries and will have jurisdiction over the new European patent with unitary effect (Unitary patent). The UPC will also have jurisdiction over traditional European patents. However, for a transitional…

Case insight: Thomas Pink Limited Vs Victoria Secret UK Limited [2014]

The claimant, Thomas Pink Limited, began trading in London in 1984. The core of its business is and has always been the sale of shirts, which are worn by professional people. Thomas Pink has grown and diversified and today the business involves selling goods other than shirts including either items of clothing and accessories. All the goods…

Update on Patentability of Unfertilised Human Ova

In a recent decision dated 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that unfertilised human ova whose further development has been stimulated by parthenogenesis (known as ‘parthenotes’) are patentable. This judgement is based on the decision that parthenotes are not considered to be human embryos. If parthenotes…

The copyright of Premier League football clips on social media

When clips of Premier League football goals are shared on social media, is it subject to copyright? We discuss the case for and against.

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