Intellectual property news and updates

The Importance of Evidence: McDonald's fails to put sufficient meat on the bone to defend its 'BIG MAC' trade mark

The EU 'BIG MAC' trade mark was cancelled by the EU Intellectual Property Office last week as McDonald's did not submit enough evidence of use.

Genericism of trade marks

This long running trade mark dispute provides a useful reminder of the vulnerability of a trade mark if the mark becomes a commonly used name for the good it is registered for.

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.

Fame is not everything

This dispute between the fashion brand Prada and the Indonesian hotel The Rich Prada highlights the difficulty that brand owners have in arguing that the use of a mark is detrimental to their brand's reputation. We explore this case.

The European Parliament votes in favour of controversial changes to EU copyright law

The European Parliament has now voted in favour of the controversial copyright reform. We explain the details of these changes to EU copyright law.

Nestlé loses in battle to trade mark the shape of its four finger Kit Kat

Nestlé have been denied in their legal battle with Mondelēz concerning whether the four-finger Kit Kat bar shape constitutes a trade mark that has acquired distinctive character in the EU.

CJEU dismisses EUIPO appeal in Puma trade mark dispute

Should the EUIPO be bound by its previous decision-making practice? We take a look at the CJEU’s recent decision in Puma’s cat fight.

Controversial changes to EU copyright law put on hold by EU parliament

The European Union Parliament has side-lined the contentious EU Copyright Directive.

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