Intellectual property news and updates

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.

Jack Wills Ltd vs House of Fraser (Stores) Limited

A High Court decision ruled that House of Fraser had infringed registered trade marks of the well-known clothing company Jack Wills.

Ideal Home v Ideal Home verdict: A draw!

Claimant for trade mark infringement, IPC Media Limited, owner of a UK registration of Ideal Home, verses defendant, Media 10 Limited, who operate 'Ideal Home Show’. Read our summary of the judgement by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Zombie trade marks – reviving abandoned brands

What are the pros and cons of breathing new life into seemingly abandoned third party brands, or 'zombie' trade marks? The main advantage is the instant recognition already inherent in the brand.

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Advertising Standards Agency fights against misleading Trade Mark and Patent adverts

Advertising Standards Authority finds against ‘The Trademark Office Limited’ trading as ‘Patent & Trademark Office’.

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is a new body set up in September 2013 to specifically target online piracy, counterfeit goods and other kinds of IP crime. Click here to find out more.

Dr. Beckmann can take a punch

Punch Industries loses appeal after opposing trade mark application by Dr. Krauss & Dr. Beckmann KG. To find out more click here or call us for advice on your trade mark on +44 (0)161 827 9400.

UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) introduces fast track trade mark opposition procedure

It is now possible to file a fast track UK trade mark opposition following the introduction of new procedures on 1 October 2013. The fast track option includes a reduction in opposition filing fees payable to the UKIPO as well as a shorter time frame between filing the opposition and a final decision being made.

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