201810.09
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UKIPO awarded Artificial Intelligence research funding

The Industrial Strategy Regulators’ Pioneer Fund has recently awarded 15 public sector organisations funding to research artificial intelligence technologies that may have a practical application to their sectors. The UK Intellectual Property Office is one such organisation and will apply the funding to researching whether AI can assist in the filing process of patents, trademarks…

201809.07
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Showing image rights the red card

When we think of image rights disputes we often think of a super-rich celebrity (often an athlete) being prevented from fully exploiting their own likeness due to a conflicting contract from years past. We do not think of the dispute giving the Welsh men’s football team a helping hand in qualifying for Euro 2020. That,…

New UKIP logo similar to Premier League logo
201710.02
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New UKIP logo similar to Premier League logo

UKIP’s new logo, a purple representation of a lion’s head, has been compared by many, including Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, to the Premier League logo, which is also a purple representation of a lion. UKIP’s logo was revealed at its party conference in Torquay last week, as the party’s members were invited…

Atari and KitKat to break it down in court
201708.18
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Atari and KitKat to break it down in court

Atari has issued proceedings in the US against Nestlé relating to intellectual property in one of its historic games. The claim relates to Atari’s game “Breakout”, a famous computer game introduced in the 1970s, the key elements of which Atari claims are reproduced in Nestlé’s new KitKat advertising campaign. The KitKat advert depicts a group…

McDaniel & Co. appoints new Director
201708.01
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McDaniel & Co. appoints new Director

Niche IP specialist firm McDaniel & Co., are delighted to announce that Kelly Hudson is to be appointed to the position of Director, by owners Niall and Rozanna Head-Rapson. The appointment will take affect from August 2017. Kelly is local to the North East having been educated in the area, graduating from Northumbria University with…

New Law Provides Clarity On Groundless Threats
201705.09
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New Law Provides Clarity On Groundless Threats

On 17 April 2017, the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill received Royal Assent, just being passed before Parliament was dissolved, in a move welcomed by practitioners. The Bill aims to make Intellectual Property disputes easier to resolve by harmonising what can and what can’t be said in pre-action correspondence. Critics have argued that a major…