Intellectual property news and updates

SMEs with intellectual property rights more likely to experience high growth

The EPO and EUIPO have published a report finding that SMEs that have IPRs are more likely to experience high growth. We look at the details of the report.

Liverpool FC beats Lotto Sport Italia in trade mark dispute

Liverpool Football Club have successfully defended two TM registrations against an opposition from the Italian sportswear manufacturer Lotto Sport Italia S.p.A.

GAME OF VAPES victorious in trade mark battle

HBO has been unsuccessful in its recent opposition to the registration of GAME OF VAPES as a UK trade mark. We examine the case and give our conclusion.

What makes the colour red?

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has successfully argued that a trade mark registration owned by Fromageries Bel SA, owner of the Babybel brand, is invalid.

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.

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.

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