Intellectual property news and updates

Brexit Update - The UK leaves the EU

The UK will leave the EU at 23.00 GMT today, and enter into a transition period currently due to end on 31 December 2020.

Can a non-human be a patent inventor?

Following up from our article on the listing of a computer program as the inventor of a patent the UKIPO has now come to a decision as to whether a non-human can be listed as an inventor

UK designers may need to carefully consider where they publicly disclose unregistered designs

A question referred by the IPEC to the CJEU may significantly affect the UK design industry.

HTC suspends UK sales amid ongoing patent dispute

A patent dispute between Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC and IPCom has seemingly led to the suspension of UK sales of HTC's latest handsets. We take a look at the case.

Wilson Gunn ranks in the top ten for UK trade mark filings

Wilson Gunn are one of the top firms in the UK according to filing figures published by CITMA.

Neymar scores in recent trade mark dispute

The European General Court has upheld a decision from 2016 that Carlos Moreira acted in 'bad faith' trying to trademark the name of footballer Neymar.

Definitions of “normal duties” at work confirmed in UK entitlement case

A recent decision by the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court highlights what rights an employee has when developing an invention as part of their "normal duties" at work.

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.

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