Intellectual property news and updates

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.

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.

Wilson Gunn recommended in The Legal 500

Wilson Gunn has again been recognised as a leading patent and trade mark firm in The Legal 500.

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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