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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...
Apple's 'Slide' Patent Falls Over for Lacking an 'Inventive Step'
Sep 8, 2015
The German Federal Court, Germany's highest appeal court, has affirmed a 2013 decision which declared the German part of Apple's 'slide-to-unlock' patent invalid. The patent relate...
Jawbone Targets Fitbit Again
Jun 11, 2015
Jawbone has filed a second legal complaint against its rival Fitbit in California, this time for patent infringement. In the suit Jawbone has accused Fitbit of infringing three of ...
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...
IP Ownership - Student Works and University Policies - Fair for All?
Apr 28, 2015
Barring the most astute and commercially aware, many students, when signing up to a university or college course would not have given much thought as to the ownership of their inte...
3D Printing and IP Rights
Apr 22, 2015
Use of 3D printing technology is not yet commonplace. However, we are starting to reach a point where private individuals and businesses are seriously thinking about what 3D print...
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