Intellectual property news and updates

Can you afford not to protect your intellectual property?

Many UK SMEs are unaware of their intellectual property rights, with most failing to take advantage of benefits arising from their valuable IP assets. We help to summarise some IP options.

Passing off: Moroccanoil vs Aldi

A recent trade mark ruling showed that Moroccanoil Israel Limited (“MIL”) had failed to establish passing off because the evidence did not support any likelihood of a misrepresentation by Aldi Stores Limited (“Aldi”).

Is your Chinese trade mark registration still valid?

Changes to trade mark law in China may mean that if you manufacture branded goods in China only for export your Chinese trade mark registration could be vulnerable to cancellation on the grounds of non-use.

New .london domain name launches

On April 29 the new .london domain name went live represents an exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to directly associate themselves and trade marks with London.

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

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