Intellectual property news and updates

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…

Wilson Gunn 3rd largest UK Trade Mark filer

We are delighted to announce that we have been named third in the list of ‘Top 100 UK Trade Mark Filers’ published this month by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Based on the number of UK Trade Mark filings over the 2015 calendar year, Wilson Gunn has moved up the rankings in the annual research from 5th in 2015 to 3rd in 2016. Michael…

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…

One month to go – Article 28(8) EUTMR declarations

Proprietors of European Union trade mark registrations applied for before 22 June 2012 and registered before 23 March 2016 have one month left to avoid loss of rights.

Have you heard of Rule 40?

The Olympic Games are in full swing as athletes from around the world compete to become an Olympic champion. For many of those taking part, getting to the Games has only been possible with the support of lucrative sponsorship deals. However, those athletes and companies have to take care to avoid falling foul of the Olympics strict rules surrounding…

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