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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...
Not a Case of 'VANTA'-Black and White in IP Law
May 3, 2016
'Vantablack' is the name used to describe a new 'super-black' coating/paint developed by Surrey NanoSystems and questions have been raised as to whether an artist may be granted ex...
BREXIT - An IP Perspective
Mar 22, 2016
The Prime Minister recently announced that a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or not will to take place on 23 June 2016. UK companies are now c...
Amazon Selfie Patent - 'Smile' and the Goods are Yours!
Mar 16, 2016
Amazon customers could soon use a 'selfie' to purchase goods, instead of using the usual 'one-click' or 'username and password' procedure. They Seattle-based company has filed a p...
Apple Patent Claim Against Samsung Thrown Out
Feb 29, 2016
In the latest twist to the Apple v Samsung patent wars, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("Appeals Court") has reversed the earlier decision of the Distri...
Back to the Past - More Negative Press for Hoverboards
Dec 17, 2015
The news that the Metropolitan Police are searching for a man caught on CCTV stealing a case of Lucozade from a supermarket in south London whilst riding a 'hoverboard' (otherwise ...
The End of the Samsung and Apple Patent Dispute…For Now
Dec 8, 2015
The longstanding patent legal battle between Apple and Samsung has come to a pause in proceedings…for now. The South Korean phone manufacturer has agreed to pay Apple $548 million ...
H&M Loses In Bust-up Over Bra Patent
Nov 26, 2015
The clothing chain H&M face a multimillion pound pay out having lost a patent dispute with Stretchline Holdings. The judgment was handed down at the High Court on 20 November 2015....
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...
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 ...
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...
Apple and Samsung on Cusp of Mediated Resolution in U.S.
Sep 15, 2015
It appears that the long ongoing battle between the two technology companies, Apple and Samsung, may be reaching a mediated end. This technology war, which has seen battles in rel...
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