Intellectual property news and updates

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.

Sights set overseas?

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

India adopts new trade mark rules 2017

We explain India's new trade mark rules and how this will impact how India protects its intellectual property.

Qatar adopts classes 43, 44 and 45 of the Nice Classification for goods and services

From the 12th February 2017 Qatar will be accepting trade mark applications from the newly adopted classes of the Nice Classification.

Turkish Trade Mark Reforms

On 10 January 2017, Turkey published changes to their trade mark laws. These reforms have been welcomed for improving and simplifying legislation and are considered to strengthen the protection of rights holders in this territory.

Changes to Trade Mark Law in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands has published the new Trade Marks Bill 2016, which introduces major changes to its trade mark laws. The commencement date is yet to be announced, but it is expected to enter into force in early 2017. The bill introduces independent national laws for the application and registration of trade marks in the Cayman Islands, thus…

Kingfisher Airlines – the importance of reputational brand value

In April this year we reported on the impending auctioning off of a number of pledged trade marks owned by the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines (KAL) in a somewhat anxious attempt to recover the reported Rs 7,000 crore (if not more) owed to its 17-strong lender consortium. The story highlighted how a business’s intellectual property portfolio…

Not such a Happy Birthday for Warner–Chappell

Warner–Chappell claim ownership of copyright in the lyrics for the famous song Happy Birthday to You and have made a lucrative business in licensing its use in commercial enterprises such as films, stage productions, television shows, restaurants and greeting cards. That business has been estimated to be worth in the region of £1.3 million…

Apple protect their latest innovation right on time

In August 2014 Apple filed a design patent application in order to protect the basic appearance of the Apple Watch. This application has now been accepted by the United States Patent and Trade Mark office. This particular patent seeks to protect the overall look of the Apple Watch. Apple received a similar design patent for its iPad and iPhone…

Google wants to buy your patents (maybe)

A few days ago, Google announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. As part of the ‘experiment’, the tech giant is inviting patent owners to offer their patents for sale to Google at a fixed price. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell…

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