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.

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.

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.

Wilson Gunn recommended in The Legal 500

Wilson Gunn has again been recognised as a leading patent and trade mark firm in The Legal 500.

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.

A trade mark success for Sky?

We consider the outcome of the trade mark opposition from TalkTalk to Sky's "TALK SHIELD" trade mark application.

UKIPO Opposition by Caterpillar Inc against registration of trade mark HYPERCAT

Caterpillar Inc has successfully opposed the registration of HYPERCAT as a UK trade mark. We take a look at how the case unfolded.

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.

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