Intellectual property news and updates

Nestlé loses in battle to trade mark the shape of its four finger Kit Kat

Nestlé have been denied in their legal battle with Mondelēz concerning whether the four-finger Kit Kat bar shape constitutes a trade mark that has acquired distinctive character in the EU.

CJEU dismisses EUIPO appeal in Puma trade mark dispute

Should the EUIPO be bound by its previous decision-making practice? We take a look at the CJEU’s recent decision in Puma’s cat fight.

Controversial changes to EU copyright law put on hold by EU parliament

The European Union Parliament has side-lined the contentious EU Copyright Directive.

Prosecco industry claws away "PAWSECCO" trade mark

"PAWSECCO" trade mark application is refused by the UKIPO after the mark was opposed by the organisation responsible for protecting Prosecco's PDO.

European Union commission notice highlights impact of Brexit in the field of copyright

We highlight the changes to copyright that will come into place due to the UK's withdrawal from the EU by April 2019

Smells like... "PLAY-DOH?"

Hasbro successfully register the distinctive scent as a US Trade Mark.

UK ratifies the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On World IP Day 2018, the UK IP Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, announced the ratification of the UPCA. We look at the details of such a ratification.

“La Mafia” restaurant chain denied EU trade mark

The Spanish restaurant chain cannot trade mark their name as the EU General Court deem it inappropriate. We consider this and look at other similar examples.

Doceram v CeramTec - The exclusion of designs dictated solely by technical function

We take a look at the recent key decision made by the CJEU in the Doceram v CeramTec case, as well as considering other previous design cases that have resulted in the exclusion of designs based solely on technical function.

UK ratifies the Hague Agreement on industrial designs

With the UK’s ratification of the Hague Agreement, from 13 June 2018 UK applicants can obtain a UK registered design right directly via the Hague system.


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