Intellectual property news and updates

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.

UKIPO announces end of interrupted days period

The extension of deadlines, in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will end on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

G4/19: Is double patenting permissible at the EPO?

Double patenting occurs when two patents are granted that relate to identical subject matter.

Update on EPO proceedings due to the COVID-19 outbreak

New measures have been announced for Examination and Opposition Division and Board of Appeal cases.

Online marketplaces and the storage of goods: Coty Germany (Davidoff) v Amazon

Did the sale of infringing Davidoff perfume (by a third party) on Amazon’s marketplace constitute infringement by Amazon itself?

False Declarations and Unenforceable Patents in the US

A mistake in naming inventors rendered a US patent unenforceable.

Red Bull v Big Horn: the dangers of free riding and bulls

Horns clash as Red Bull accuses Big Horn of free riding on its brand reputation.

UPDATE: EPO and EUIPO deadline extensions

Extensions are available to assist businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

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