Trade marks and registrations

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 …

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 …

Dog fight over Zuma trademark

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This case involved the use of the word ZUMA as a company name. More …

The importance of copyright licences

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A Copyright licence is required to show copyrighted material such as films and TV programmes in public. Make sure your company is covered by the correct licence to avoid costly legal proceedings. More …

Who really owns your name – Ben Evans published in the CITMA Review

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Ben Evans comments on a case where a partner in a firm of solicitors sought to prevent her former firm from continuing to use her name, both as part of the firm's name and also as part of a profile for her on their website. More …

BREXIT – The EU trademark system

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Now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU there will be many aspects of business life that will be affected. From a company administration point of view one area where Brexit could have a significant impact is that relating to Trade Marks registered in the EU. More …

It's nothing personal – Ben Evans published in June's ITMA Review

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Associate and Trade Mark Attorney Ben Evans has been published in the June 2016 edition of the ITMA Review. More …

EU Trade Mark Regulations: Changes to the interpretation of EU Trade Mark specifications

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A change will be implemented in relation to the EUIPO's interpretation of descriptions of goods and services. More …

Changes to copyright protection for industrial designs

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The period of protection for creative designs manufactured by an industrial process has been extended from 25 years ( from the date of first marketing) to the life of the artist plus 70 years. More …

Use of a trade mark: when ownership isn't enough

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The Appointed Person has recently upheld the Hearing Officer's decision in the joined opposition and revocation case O/420/15 VAUX. More …