Intellectual property news and updates

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.

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.

Infringement by Equivalence in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Following on from two high profile recent cases; Actavis v Eli Lilly and Icescape v Ice-World, the IPEC have handed down a judgement based on the relatively new definition of patent infringement, infringement by equivalence. We give our opinion and recommendations based on this form of infringement.

Philips' patent for GPS athletic performance monitoring device held largely invalid

This Garmin v Philips patent case provides insight into issues surrounding patent protection where an existing technology in one field is adopted in another.

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