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”).

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.

Patents fast-track via new Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) launched on 6 January 2014. The GPPH is a pilot scheme between 17 participating national and regional patent offices.

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.

Fast track for patents in China

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have signed an important Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) allowing the examination of patent applications in China to be fast tracked.

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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