German ratification of UPC on hold

13 Januar 2021
German ratification of Unified Patent Court (UPC) is on hold.
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney
German ratification of UPC on hold

IPEC considers post-sale confusion and passing off

13 Januar 2021
The UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in Freddy SPA v Hugz Clothing Ltd & ors [2020] EWHC 3032 (IPEC) has…
Jake Hayes
Jake Hayes
Senior Associate, Solicitor
IPEC considers post-sale confusion and passing off

Allergan Holdings France v EUIPO; and Dermavita Co Ltd v EUIPO

13 Januar 2021
The General Court has issued two decisions in a tussle between Allergan and Dermavita concerning a revocation against the mark…
Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
Allergan Holdings France v EUIPO; and Dermavita Co Ltd v EUIPO

Weak distinctive character comes NATURA-lly

13 Januar 2021
This case demonstrates the limitations associated with enforcing a trade mark containing descriptive components.
Jennifer Heath
Jennifer Heath
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
Weak distinctive character comes NATURA-lly

A not so EASY task after all - UKIPO finds EASY mark devoid of distinctive character

13 Januar 2021
In this case, easyGroup failed to register “EASY” in relation to various retail, transport, food and drinks, booking, hotel and…
Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
A not so EASY task after all - UKIPO finds EASY mark devoid of distinctive character

EORI number now mandatory for customs applications in the EU

12 Januar 2021
If customs applications are part of your counterfeiting enforcement strategy, be sure to have your EORI number ready. EORI stands…
Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Associate, Rechtsanwältin
EORI number now mandatory for customs applications in the EU

GCC no longer accepting patent filings

08 Januar 2021
As of 06 January 2021, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Patent Office has stopped accepting new patent filings until further…
Laura Jennings
Laura Jennings
Associate, Patent Attorney
GCC no longer accepting patent filings

Madrid Protocol - Gibraltar and Guernsey

08 Januar 2021
The United Kingdom’s ratification of the Madrid Protocol has been extended to Gibraltar and Guernsey as of 01 January 2021.
Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
Madrid Protocol - Gibraltar and Guernsey

Coronavirus: IP offices in Europe – changed practice

08 Januar 2021
As a response to the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, intellectual property offices in Europe have implemented special measures to…
Coronavirus: IP offices in Europe – changed practice

German UPC legislation challenged

23 Dezember 2020
Following parliamentary approval of the legislation for Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, the Federal Constitutional Court…
German UPC legislation challenged

Secret prior art: a trap for the unwary?

21 Dezember 2020
In almost all countries around the world, a patent application is only published after 18 months from the filing date,…
Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
Secret prior art: a trap for the unwary?

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