Intellectual property news and updates

UK and the UPC

The UK is not expected to take part in the new European Unified Patent Court system despite previous ratification.

UK and EU copyright law set to diverge

Chris Skidmore has announced that the UK will not be implementing the EU Copyright Directive after the UK leaves the EU.

VOGUE v VOGA: EUIPO Board of Appeal decision on whether a new defence can be introduced at the appeal stage

Can a new defence be introduced at the appeal stage of a trade mark cancellation?

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.

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.

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.

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.

What does a 'no deal' Brexit mean for your intellectual property?

The UK government has published guidance on how IP rights will be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a formal agreement in place. Read our overview covering all areas of IP rights.

Fame is not everything

This dispute between the fashion brand Prada and the Indonesian hotel The Rich Prada highlights the difficulty that brand owners have in arguing that the use of a mark is detrimental to their brand's reputation. We explore this case.

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