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.

EU patent legislation: Your Government needs your views

UK Intellectual Property Office launches public consultation on how the new unitary patent EU Regulations and the Unified Patent Court Agreement should be implemented in the UK.

The Advocate General Mengozzi offers Medion clarification

The Medion decision plays a part in the Bimbo Doughnuts case vs. Doghnuts case, saying that the case law surrounding Medion had been interpreted more widely than intended.

Should I register a trade mark in colour or black and white?

There have been some changes to trade mark practice which have implications for brand owners of black-and-white trade marks, particularly those who have registered their marks in black and white but only use them in colour.

The Beatles and recent changes in European copyright law

Apple recently released 59 Beatles tracks on iTunes that were originally recorded in 1963, presumably, in response to recent changes in copyright law in the European Union on 1 November 2013.

An open letter to Europe

With only a few days left before the 1 October deadline for public submissions, a coalition of worldwide multinationals including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Blackberry and Google, have last night sent an open letter commenting on the proposed rules of procedure for the new Unified Patent Court in Europe.

Take a look at a recent ruling of the CJEU

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently passed a ruling on the Specsavers vs. Asda case.

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).

Proposed modernisation of the Community trade mark system

The European Commission recently announced plans to update the system of Community trade mark protection. The proposed changes aim to make the EU trade mark system more accessible by reducing the cost and complexity of the system.

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