Intellectual property news and updates

The UK implements the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015

We outline the key changes that have come about from the new EU Trade Mark Directive.

New Canadian trade mark legislation announced

There will be significant changes to trade mark legislation in Canada from 17 June 2019.

China introduces new IP appeals courts

New legislation came into force on the 1 January 2019 although no significant cases have yet been decided by the new IP tibunal.

The Importance of Evidence: McDonald's fails to put sufficient meat on the bone to defend its 'BIG MAC' trade mark

The EU 'BIG MAC' trade mark was cancelled by the EU Intellectual Property Office last week as McDonald's did not submit enough evidence of use.

Genericism of trade marks

This long running trade mark dispute provides a useful reminder of the vulnerability of a trade mark if the mark becomes a commonly used name for the good it is registered for.

Technology on the move – a summary of the EPO’s 2018 report on patents and self-driving vehicles

Annual European patent applications relating to self-driving vehicles have risen significantly. We summarise the recent report from the EPO and give our take.

Wilson Gunn amongst top-filing firms of registered designs

Wilson Gunn named as one of the UK's top-filing firms of registered designs as CITMA publish their review.

Removal of requirement of a power of attorney for Hague Agreement applications

On 9th November 2018, amendements to the regulations governing the filing of Hague agreement applications were announced.

Pfizer pregabalin patent held invalid by the UK Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has handed down a decision in the litigation of Warner-Lambert versus Actavis and Mylan that highlights the importance of including enough information to prove the viability of an invention.

Brexit Update: New draft withdrawal agreement published

The UK government published the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU on the 14th November. We take a look at what information has been provided about intellectual property rights.

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