Intellectual property news and updates

UKIPO announces end of interrupted days period

The extension of deadlines, in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will end on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

UKIPO declares ‘interrupted days’ to help with impact of COVID-19

The UKIPO has declared 24 March 2020 and all subsequent days until further notice, 'interrupted days'.

UK and EU copyright law set to diverge

Chris Skidmore has announced that the UK will not be implementing the EU Copyright Directive after the UK leaves the EU.

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.

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