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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...
Trunki v Kiddee Case – A 'case' for an appeal made to the Supreme Court
Nov 5, 2015
The design dispute between Magmatic Limited ("Magmatic"), the maker of children's Trunki suitcases and PMS International Group Plc ("PMS"), the maker of the Kiddee Case, has now re...
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 ...
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