Intellectual property news and updates

Update on Patentability of Unfertilised Human Ova

In a recent decision dated 18 December 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that unfertilised human ova whose further development has been stimulated by parthenogenesis (known as ‘parthenotes’) are patentable. This judgement is based on the decision that parthenotes are not considered to be human embryos. If parthenotes…

UK Patent Law Changes on 1st October 2014

There have been a number of changes to the UK Patent Law, including with regard to Web marking, Experimental use exception, and expansion of the Intellectual Property Office's Patent Opinions Service.

UK Design Law Changes on 1 October 2014

A description of a number of the changes to UK design law implemented by the Intellectual Property Act 2014 come into effect on 1 October.

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 and design protection

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 is designed to modernise various aspects of the law in relation to intellectual property. Read this article for details of some of the changes relating to design protection.

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”).

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.

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.

Wilson Gunn’s client forces hosepipe ban on competitors

Wilson Gunn has been instrumental in obtaining a UK High Court judgement for its client Blue Gentian, LLC which confirms that its key expandable hosepipe patent is both valid and infringed by one of its major competitors, Tristar Products, Inc.

Clearing the decks

Wilson Gunn has been successful in securing a declaration of non-infringement for its client Tek-Dek Ltd in relation to a European patent in the UK in the name of Flexiteek International A/S.

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