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Amendment to Groundless Threats Provisions
Oct 22, 2015
The law relating to groundless threats of Intellectual Property ("IP") infringement may be about to change. According to the current law on groundless threats, if you make allegat...
Online System of Design Registration Introduced in the UK
Oct 20, 2015
Designers are now able to apply to register a single design at the Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") using an online service. The move comes after feedback was received from de...
Government Threatens to Crack Down on Groundless Threats
Oct 19, 2015
On 13 October 2015 the Law Commission for England and Wales published the final report on the project to reform the law of unjustified threats in relation to legal proceedings for ...
Mik Maki design invalid on the basis of earlier Tic Tac rights
Oct 16, 2015
In September 2015 OHIM (Trade Marks and Designs) Third Board of Appeal published its Decision in relation to Invalidity Proceedings brought by Ferrero (Global Confectionary Group b...
Priority and OHIM - Tougher Scrutiny Under New Guidelines
Oct 15, 2015
In recent years OHIM relaxed their examination of priority claims but this may be about to change. Under newly constituted 2015 OHIM Guidelines, they have started examining entitle...
Registration of Designs - International Issues
Oct 14, 2015
Designers who want to register their designs on an international level, in countries such as, for example; Japan, Korea and the US, will be disappointed to learn that it is not as ...
Dutch Court Colour Blind toward Registered Design Right Infringement
Sep 22, 2015
Wibit-Sports GmbH, a company that makes inflatable toys and structures for use in water parks is and the registered proprietor of a variety of such designs, brought proceedings aga...
End of an ERRA: Government Revokes Repeal of 25 year Limit of Copyright Protection
Jul 28, 2015
On 20 July 2015, Baronness Neville-Rolfe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills signed off on Statutory Instrument 2015 No. 1558: "The Secreta...
Are Registered Community Design Rights Slipping Down the Drain?
Jul 9, 2015
The law relating to Community design rights is set out in COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 6/2002 otherwise known as the Community Designs Regulation ("CDR"). A recent case T-15/13 - Gr...
SME's Struggling to Protect their Intellectual Property
Jun 5, 2015
Recent research suggests that Small and Medium Enterprise's ("SME's") are struggling to protect their ideas and intellectual property ("IP"). The research undertaken by the Federa...
Cut up - Yoshida's Trade Mark Appeal Dismissed
May 28, 2015
The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") remitted to the General Court a joined case concerning the invalidity of Community Trade Mark ("CTM") registration in the name o...
Handbags at Dawn - Gucci Owner Sues Alibaba
May 20, 2015
The leading online marketplace Alibaba is being sued by the owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and various other leading fashion brands, Kering following a failed attempt to ...
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