Intellectual property news and updates

The EU Trade Secrets Directive

We look at how the EU Trade Secrets Directive will impact upon the member states of the EU and how far trade secrets go to protecting innovations.

The End for Poisonous Divisionals and Priorities in Europe?

We reflect on the recent decision taken by the European Patent Office affecting priority claims.

Unified Patent Court - An Update

Our update on the latest developments of the Unified Patent Court in relation to Italy becoming the 12th country to ratify the UPCA.

UK to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

It was confirmed by a government spokesperson yesterday afternoon that the UK will “proceed with preparations” to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). Ratification of the UPCA is needed to realise the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC). Under these new systems, businesses will be able to protect and enforce their…

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…

Brexit - Triggering Article 50

Earlier this month three High Court judges ruled that Parliament must vote on whether Article 50 can be triggered, the first step to the UK formally exiting the European Union. This decision prevents the UK government from triggering Article 50, and therefore beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU, without the support of MPs and peers…

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.

Brexit - The facts from the IPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has issued a guide on the future of intellectual property laws following the EU Referendum. Entitled ‘IP and BREXIT: The facts’, it seeks to dispel various inaccurate speculation of the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights available in the UK, and accessible to UK businesses. Very…

UK votes to leave the European Union

In a national referendum the UK has voted to leave the European Union (EU). So what happens next? Well, for the moment, very little. The UK remains a full member of the EU. It will take some time (probably a number of years) before the implications of the vote take effect. What effect will this have on my existing IP? There will be no change…

European Parliament Votes in Favour of Trade Secrets Directive

The EU Parliament recently voted in favour of the new EU Trade Secrets Directive. This Directive is intended to introduce an EU wide definition of a trade secret, defined as information which meets all of the following requirements: Is secret in the sense that it is not […] generally known among or readily accessible to persons within the…

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