Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil
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Patent Prosecution Highway announced between the UK and Brazil

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) have announced a patent prosecution highway. The highway will allow applicants who have successfully obtained a patent in one jurisdiction to request the accelerated processing of a corresponding application in the other. The agreement was signed on Wednesday 28 March during…

Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs
201803.27
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Retail giants rail against US-China tariffs

Walmart and 24 other retail giants have spoken out against President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports in to the USA. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (“RILA”) has claimed that the tariffs will lead to higher costs for retailers which will be passed on to consumers. The tariffs have been imposed by the President as part…

Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
201803.20
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Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit

Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large group of dating services including Tinder, Match.com, OKCupid and PlentyOfFish. A complaint has been filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging, amongst…

BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
201803.08
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BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement

BlackBerry has lodged a claim against Facebook (and its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries) for infringing patents used in its messaging technologies. The patents in question allowed BlackBerry products using its once ubiquitous BlackBerry Messenger (“BBM”) to lead the way in: displaying notifications to users without bombarding them; time stamping messages; tagging people in pictures or…

Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption
201802.13
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Unitary Patent Court to gain a Brexit exemption

The UK Government has announced, via the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), that the UK will ratify the Unitary Patent Court (UPC). Once active, the Court will determine disputes arising out of the newly created EU patent which will be valid across the EU and the UK. There had been question marks over the Court’s presence…

Patents: does additional matter matter?
201706.08
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Patents: does additional matter matter?

HHJ Hacon has provided guidance on the impact of adding subject matter to a patent via his judgment in Curt G. Joa, Inc. v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC) (Curt).  In Curt, the patent in suit covered disposable absorbent garments, such as a diaper. By way of background, to obtain a patent, applicants…

Uber Auto Drives Into Costly Google Dispute
201705.26
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Uber Auto Drives Into Costly Google Dispute

In March, we reported on a new legal dispute between Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company – Alphabet Inc, and Uber. The dispute arose after Waymo accused Uber of stealing their trade secrets and infringing their patents regarding the technology involved in the self-driving car. Waymo filed their lawsuit against Uber after they learnt…

What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?
201705.25
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What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) is a specialist court operating within the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The court has existed in some form since 1990 but following a rebranding exercise in October 2013, the IPEC was formally established. The IPEC has jurisdiction over intellectual property cases including patents, trademarks and…

Uber Self-Drives Into Patent Trouble With Google
201703.15
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Uber Self-Drives Into Patent Trouble With Google

Uber, the online transportation network which has recently been in the news for losing an employment rights case, has found itself in the middle of yet another legal dispute this time with technology heavyweights, Google. Alphabet Inc, the multinational conglomerate and parent company to Google, boast a portfolio of several subsidiaries in a number of…