Intellectual property news and updates

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.

Prosecco industry claws away "PAWSECCO" trade mark

"PAWSECCO" trade mark application is refused by the UKIPO after the mark was opposed by the organisation responsible for protecting Prosecco's PDO.

European Union commission notice highlights impact of Brexit in the field of copyright

We highlight the changes to copyright that will come into place due to the UK's withdrawal from the EU by April 2019

Smells like... "PLAY-DOH?"

Hasbro successfully register the distinctive scent as a US Trade Mark.

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