Intellectual property news and updates

Tennis ace in Kellogg's trade mark battle

Australian tennis star, Thanasi Kokkinakis, has faced court action from cereal giant Kellogg following his application to trade mark his nick name in the media 'Special K' for commercial use.

Kit Kat: Nestlé loses 3D trade mark battle

Following an ongoing battle between Cadburys and Nestlé, Nestlé have lost their appeal for registration of the four-fingered Kit Kat bar. We examine the case.

Sights set overseas?

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

Argos defeated in trade mark case

Last month, well-known UK retailer Argos Limited (“Argos UK”) lost an intellectual property case in the High Court against US company Argos Systems Inc. (“ASI”) over the alleged infringement of its ‘ARGOS’ trade mark.

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.

Wilson Gunn highly ranked in IP Stars 2017

Managing Intellectual Property has announced that Wilson Gunn is once again highly ranked in the annual IP Stars trade mark rankings for 2017

Recent trade mark outcomes in China

China's reputation for enforcing intellectual property rights has been repeatedly questioned, however recent trade mark outcomes suggest this may be changing.

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.

Rubik's Cube Loses Trade Mark Protection

The Rubik’s Cube has provided challenges to children and adults alike for decades, and is still the bestselling toy of all time. However, it has just lost a 10-year legal battle when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that its shape was not sufficient to grant it protection from copycat versions. In 1999, the UK company which oversees…

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