IP disputes

Brexit and your EUTMs

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Following the rejection of the EU Withdrawal Agreement by Parliament on 15 January 2019 the chances of a no deal exit from the EU, on 29 March 2019, have increased significantly. Whilst there is little doubt that things will change over the coming weeks and any one of a number of different Brexit outcomes could arise (including no Brexit) it is important to take stock and consider where this leaves your trade mark portfolio and what, if any, action you need to take. More …

UK patent fees set to increase from April this year

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After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018... More …

Adidas opposes ELEAGUE trademark due to the use of three stripes

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Adidas has filed a claim at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to oppose a trademark application submitted by ELEAGUE. Our expert explains what has happened in the case so far. More …

Chempioil v Champion – EU General Court finds no likelihood of confusion

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In a recent appeal decision by the ECJ, an EU General Court decision was upheld in respect of the word mark Chempioil and an earlier figurative mark Champion. Our expert explains the case and the outcome. More …

Registered designs – a change for owners marking their products

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The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a change in the way that owners of registered designs can mark their products. Our expert explains the changes and how they will impact product designs. More …

IPO report states increase in illegal streaming devices as one of the emerging themes surrounding digital copyright infringement

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The IP Crime and Enforcement Report 2016/7 has cited illegal streaming devices, commonly known as 'set-top' boxes, as one of the biggest challenges for leading intellectual property protection organisations. Here, our expert explains the steps that are being taken. More …

Customs and counterfeits in the EU

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A report by the European Commission on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights provides an insight into the scope and extent of intellectual property rights infringement in the EU. Our expert explains the report. More …

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill slips through the election net

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The Act amends the current groundless threats provisions in legislation relating to patents, UK trade marks, EU trade marks, UK registered designs, UK design rights and Community designs. More …

4th Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law

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Blake Morgan are delighted to be sponsoring The Centre for Information Rights 4th Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law. More …

Patent infringement: H&M v Stretchline

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The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by H&M that they had breached the terms of a patent they entered with Stretchline by using tubular fabric in their bras. More …