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IP Implications Following Brexit
Jun 28, 2016
Unless you have been living in a vacuum you will be aware that on 23 June, the UK voted to leave the European Union (Brexit). This decision will have a significant impact on the in...
Government Guidance on Registered Community Design Applications
Jun 8, 2016
The UK Government has published guidance (Guidance) on applying for registered designs following the UK Supreme Court's ruling that the Kiddee Case (PMS) did not infringe a registe...
UK Government Publishes Report on its IP Infringement Strategy until 2020
May 18, 2016
New strategies and proposals have been set out in a Government paper entitled, "Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP Enforcement 2020", published 10 May 2016. The docu...
Common Guidance on Applying for Design Registrations - Part 1
Apr 26, 2016
The offices of the European Trade Mark and Design Network continue to collaborate in the context of the Convergence Programme. They have now agreed on the first Common Practice of...
Lid Firmly Closed in Trunki Suitcase Design Case
Mar 10, 2016
We reported on this case in November 2015 (see "When is a Trunki not a Trunki? When it's a Kidee case of course") after the Court of Appeal disagreed with the High Court and ruled ...
Counting the Cost of Counterfeiting in Cheetham Hill, Manchester
Jan 19, 2016
In a report published today the impact of counterfeiting and the sale of black market goods in Manchester is laid bare. In a statement by the Minister for Intellectual Property, B...
Government Consults on a Reduction to Registered Design Fees
Jan 11, 2016
A Government consultation launched on 7 January focuses on proposed reductions to UK Registered Design fees and is a way of addressing the tendency of designers to simply file Comm...
US Construction Machinery Manufacturer Caterpillar Bulldozed in Legal Battle
Dec 23, 2015
In a recent US (Illinois, Northern District) case Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6million (approximately £50million) in exemplary damages in a fierce lawsuit by ...
Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights
Nov 23, 2015
In a recent mock trial event hosted in a museum in Milan, Judges held that a superstar chef's "Riso, oro e Zafferano" (rice, gold and saffron) was protected by various forms of int...
Design of Honeycomb structure lacks Individual Character
Nov 19, 2015
Promarc Technics S.C. applied for a Registered Community Design ("RCD") for a honeycomb structure in connection with doors (or a part thereof) as shown below. The application was f...
GoPro Faces Legal Action Over Latest Action Camera
Nov 13, 2015
GoPro, leader and innovator in the wearable action camera market, is facing allegations of US Design Patent infringement in relation to its new cube shaped Hero4 Session camera. Th...
Trunki v Kiddee Case – Consideration of the Issues for Registered Designs
Nov 10, 2015
As we await a ruling from the Supreme Court (the highest court in England and Wales) in the Magmatic (the maker of 'Trunki' suitcases) v Kiddee Case, a case on which we have previo...
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