Intellectual property news and updates

Brexit Update: Creation of comparable UK rights to existing EU trade marks and community designs

What will the changes to UK trade mark and community design rights be after the Brexit transition period?

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.

US design patents protect automotive body parts

We consider the decision that has led to a resounding endorsement of the use of design patents in the US automotive industry.

Potential Amendments to Chinese Patent and Design Law

The SCNPC are considering a Draft Amendment to Chinese patent legislation. We examine the details.

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.

Removal of requirement of a power of attorney for Hague Agreement applications

On 9th November 2018, amendements to the regulations governing the filing of Hague agreement applications were announced.

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.

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.

Canada joins the Hague Agreement

Canada becomes the 69th member of the Hague Union.

Doceram v CeramTec - The exclusion of designs dictated solely by technical function

We take a look at the recent key decision made by the CJEU in the Doceram v CeramTec case, as well as considering other previous design cases that have resulted in the exclusion of designs based solely on technical function.

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