Intellectual property news and updates

Wilson Gunn recognised in The Legal 500 rankings

Wilson Gunn has been named as a leading patent and trade mark firm in The Legal 500 2021 national rankings.

‘THE ROYAL BUTLER’ trade mark opposed by The Queen

The trade mark was refused on the basis that it may falsely lead consumers to believe the applicant has Royal patronage or consent.

Additive Manufacturing: Quit being a part of the problem and start being a part of the solution

Additive manufacturing has previously been seen as being a major challenge for intellectual property protection but can it now be part of the solution?

Temporary fee changes at the UKIPO

Some temporary fee changes have been introduced by the UKIPO to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Unsolicited letters from Stern Young & Partners

A warning regarding unsolicited renewal reminders from a firm called Stern Young & Partners.

Brexit Update: Creation of comparable UK rights to existing EU trade marks and community designs

What will the changes to UK trade mark and community design rights be after the Brexit transition period?

The UK officially withdraws from the Unified Patent Court

It has been confirmed that the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the UPC system.

Brompton Bikes – Functional shapes may be eligible for copyright protection

The CJEU has ruled that a functional shape may be eligible for copyright protection in a recent judgement.

UK Supreme Court confirm strong sufficiency requirement in the UK

A recent decision made by the UK Supreme Court has important consequences for inventions in the biotech industry.

G3/19: Essentially biological processes excluded from patentability

We take a look at the decision made by the Enlarged Board of Appeal, G3/19, regarding the patentability of inventions relating to plants and animals.

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