Intellectual property news and updates

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.

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.

Trade Marks – Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Google AdWords and Domain Names

We look into IP policies of sites such as Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and Google AdWords and consider how you can protect your brands online.

Canada joins the Hague Agreement

Canada becomes the 69th member of the Hague Union.

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.

Trade marks - a Messi business

Argentine football star Lionel Messi finally wins right to trade mark his own name after 7 year legal dispute

PPH Agreement between the UKIPO and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office

We detail the recent patent prosecution highway agreement between the UK Intellectual Property Office and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office.

EUIPO call time on Crocs' registered designs

The General Court has ruled that Crocs' registered design is invalid. We highlight the lessons to be learnt.

Obtaining a patent for Tunisia via the European Patent Office

It is now possible to include up to 43 countries in an European patent application after the validation agreement between Tunisia and the EPO on the 1 December 2017.

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