EPO supporting early uptake of the unitary patent

24 Januar 2022
Following the deposit by Austria of its instrument of ratification for the Protocol to the Agreement of a Unified Patent…
Rachel Bateman Catherine Keetch
Rachel Bateman & Catherine Keetch
Partner, Patent Attorney, Partner, Patent Attorney
EPO supporting early uptake of the unitary patent

UK Exhaustion of IP rights regime set to continue following consultation

20 Januar 2022
The UK Government has announced that its current IP exhaustion regime will remain in place for the time being, as…
Jake Hayes
Jake Hayes
Senior Associate, Solicitor
UK Exhaustion of IP rights regime set to continue following consultation

UPC Provisional Application Period (PAP) commences

19 Januar 2022
Following news on the 18 January 2022 that Austria has deposited the instrument of ratification for the Protocol to the…
Rachel Bateman Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Rachel Bateman & Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney, Partner, Patent Attorney
UPC Provisional Application Period (PAP) commences

Austria completes ratification for the Protocol to the UPCA, enabling start of UPC provisional application period

19 Januar 2022
On 18 January 2022, Austria deposited the instrument of ratification for the Protocol to the Agreement on a Unified Patent…
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Partner, Patent Attorney
Austria completes ratification for the Protocol to the UPCA, enabling start of UPC provisional application period

EUIPO appeal cases: validity of UK rights post Brexit

17 Januar 2022
Following Brexit and the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, European Union trade marks (EUTMs) can no…
Natasha O'Shea Tanja Hofer
Natasha O'Shea & Tanja Hofer
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney, Trade Mark Assistant
EUIPO appeal cases: validity of UK rights post Brexit

T‑592/20: bad faith – timing is everything

17 Januar 2022
In March 2017, Univers Agro Ltd filed a European Union trade mark (EUTM) application for the word AGATE in class…
Gemma Kirkland
Gemma Kirkland
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
T‑592/20: bad faith – timing is everything

Stealth mode: acquiring an earlier registration cannot substitute infringement with genuine use

17 Januar 2022
In UK High Court proceedings concerning the use of the STEALTH and STEALTH VR trade marks in relation to video…
Agnieszka Stephenson Alice Berkeley
Agnieszka Stephenson & Alice Berkeley
Legal Assistant, Associate, Solicitor
Stealth mode: acquiring an earlier registration cannot substitute infringement with genuine use

Application “starts a hare running”: Little Hare Gin v Harrogate Distillery (Whittaker’s Gin)

17 Januar 2022
This is a somewhat cautionary tale/reminder in relation to UK trade mark opposition proceedings. The case concerned an application by…
Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
Application “starts a hare running”: Little Hare Gin v Harrogate Distillery (Whittaker’s Gin)

Government consultation on possible reform to UK design law – have your say!

12 Januar 2022
In what is very timely news, the UK Government has released a consultation on whether changes are required to the…
William Burrell
William Burrell
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
Government consultation on possible reform to UK design law – have your say!

Nissan v EUIPO: General Court rules that E-POWER and VDL EPOWER are not confusingly similar

04 Januar 2022
In Nissan Motor Co Ltd v European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (Case T-755/20), the General Court dismissed Nissan’s appeal…
Agnieszka Stephenson
Agnieszka Stephenson
Legal Assistant
Nissan v EUIPO: General Court rules that E-POWER and VDL EPOWER are not confusingly similar

T 1989/18: adaptation of the description of a European patent application

04 Januar 2022
Prior to grant of a European patent application, examiners often request the description to be adapted for consistency with the…
Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
Associate, Patent Attorney
T 1989/18: adaptation of the description of a European patent application

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