Intellectual property news and updates

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.

EUIPO call time on Crocs' registered designs

The General Court has ruled that Crocs' registered design is invalid. We highlight the lessons to be learnt.

UK ratifies the Hague Agreement on industrial designs

With the UK’s ratification of the Hague Agreement, from 13 June 2018 UK applicants can obtain a UK registered design right directly via the Hague system.

The Internet of Things: Protecting Your IP in the Next Tech Revolution

We consider how intellectual property can be protected in the next digital revolution of technology.

Japan and India Join Designview

From 19th January 2018, India has made its design data available within Designview following on from Japan joining on the 4th January.

The London Taxi Company: Another Lesson in Distinctiveness and 3-D Shape Marks

In early November 2017, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision that the classic black cab 3-D shape could not be registered as a trade mark.

The effect of Brexit on geographical indications

The European Commission has suggested that the UK needs to legislate to recognise the protection of food products labelled with the EU’s geographical indications (GIs) as a result of Brexit.

Making your mark with UK registered designs

From 1 October 2017, owners of UK registered designs are now able to mark their products with a web link with the same protection given as the term 'registered'.

Sights set overseas?

We provide a number of key points that should be considered when seeking patent, trade mark and design protection abroad.

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