Intellectual property

Unofficial organisation seeking payment from trade mark owners – a warning from the UK Intellectual Property Office about the Patent and Trademark Organisation

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The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) is currently reaching out to trade mark owners to warn them of a private company seeking substantial payment for the renewal of their trade mark. More …

Should you be influencing your influencers?

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We look at the new guidance published by the Competition and Markets Authority for social media influencers. Should you be influencing your influencers? More …

'Changes to UK trade mark law – the Trade Marks Regulations 2018

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The Trade Marks Regulations 2018 ("the Regulations") came into effect on 14 January 2019 implementing the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015. The Regulations make various changes to UK trade mark law through the Trade Marks Act 1994 ("the Act") and the Trade Mark Rules 2018 ("the Rules"). More …

BIG MAC suffers big loss with the EUIPO

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A decision earlier this week by the EU Intellectual Property Office ("EUIPO"), has put a spotlight on the importance of filing specific and detailed evidence when proving the genuine use of a trade mark. The decision acts as a warning to those whose trade mark is under attack and requires that the extent of use is clearly demonstrated by reference to timings, territories and commercial sales. More …

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Art: An IP Conundrum?

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Simon Stokes a partner specialising in technology and IP considers the legal issues surrounding the burgeoning field of AI-generated works. More …

Lego's IP victories in China

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In a further signal to foreign businesses operating in China that the Chinese courts are willing to take a tough stance on IP infringement, Lego has won another IP claim in China. More …

Aldi's Christmas ad: do spoofs risk infringement of IP rights?

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Many of you will have seen Aldi's new Christmas advert featuring Kevin the Carrot driving a bright orange truck through a snowy forest, past the homes of excited children waiting for Christmas. Xiao Hui Eng discusses the possible intellectual property issues involved. More …

Artist's Resale Right (ARR) after Brexit – will it still apply and who will benefit from it?

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Artist's resale right is a controversial IP right of European origin and gives visual artists a royalty each time their work is sold by a gallery or auction house after its first sale – what in art market parlance is the secondary market. More …

Brexit and trade marks: an update

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On 25 September 2018 the UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") updated its guidance on Brexit and its impact on trade marks, specifically EUTMs. More …

CJEU: unauthorised re-posting of an image can be infringement

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The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") handed down its first copyright judgment of 2018 this week. More …