Intellectual Property UK

  • March 08, 2024

    EasyGroup Denies Volkswagen's IP Claims Over EV Charging Site

    EasyGroup Ltd. has disputed Volkswagen's claim that a website for electric-vehicle charging stations wrongly used a VW vehicle logo, among other issues, asserting that EasyGroup wasn't responsible for the site and had filed an "easyCharging" trademark in good faith.

  • March 08, 2024

    NFT Platform Beats Rival's 'HyperNFT' TM

    An NFT platform has convinced U.K. intellectual property officials to scrap a rival's trademark for "HyperNFT," finding that consumers were likely to believe that they belonged to the same company.

  • March 08, 2024

    Danish Soccer League Trims European Super League TMs

    Denmark's highest soccer league has successfully contested a trademark application from the European Super League in several classes after the European Union Intellectual Property Office ruled that it would take unfair advantage of the Nordic league's trademark's reputation.

  • March 08, 2024

    IP Law Needs Tinkering In The Metaverse, IPO Report Finds

    The rise of the metaverse will require IP laws in the U.K. to be redrawn and upgraded, according to a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office.

  • March 08, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    4 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Mark Owen

    Mark Owen had never heard of intellectual property law before he took his second seat at Clifford Chance LLP, where he realized that he loved everything about it. Here, Owen talks to Law360 about how he got into IP law, how he expects artificial intelligence to affect the practice and what cases he's watching.

  • March 07, 2024

    RTL Gets Subscription Management Patent Axed

    German media giant RTL has convinced European officials to nix a patent for managing usernames and passwords across multiple subscription services because the invention was obvious.

  • March 21, 2024

    Willkie Hires Privacy Partner From Weil

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has added a data protection and privacy specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP with an intellectual property background, as the firm looks to expand its European capabilities in the cybersecurity sphere.

  • March 07, 2024

    Panasonic Sues Xiaomi, Oppo, Over SEP Infringement

    Panasonic has accused the makers of Xiaomi and Oppo phones of infringing its patents related to 3G and 4G technology by selling products without taking on the "burden" of a license.

  • March 07, 2024

    Avoiding IP Pitfalls During 'Build To Buy' Deals In Biotech

    Pharmaceutical companies considering whether to enter into transactions to fund, guide and eventually buy biotech innovations must protect themselves by considering all possible scenarios that could lead to an intellectual property dispute before signing the deal, lawyers caution.

  • March 07, 2024

    Siemens Wins Anti-Lightning Wind Turbine IP Feud At EPO

    A Siemens unit can keep its patent over a wind turbine lightning protection system after proving that the design uses an inventive self-threading screw system to help manage electrical currents, a European appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Rihanna's Insta Posts Thwart Puma's Bid To Protect Shoe IP

    A European court ruled Wednesday that Puma missed its window to seek intellectual property protection for a shoe design after Rihanna disclosed the model to the public more than a year and a half earlier in her Instagram posts.

  • March 06, 2024

    Global Retailers Should Audit After Amazon TM Ruling In UK

    After the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Amazon.com Inc. infringed U.K. trademarks when it marketed knockoff goods on its U.S. storefront to British customers, lawyers warned that other e-commerce players should also review their international retail strategy.

  • March 06, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Fights To Ground Virgin's $160M Royalties Win

    Alaska Airlines Inc. urged an English appeals court on Wednesday to overturn a decision letting Virgin collect $160 million in royalties, arguing it shouldn't have to pay because it had stopped using the Virgin branding.

  • March 06, 2024

    Veuve Clicquot Loses Fight With Lidl Over Orange Square TM

    A European court on Wednesday blocked the Veuve Clicquot champagne brand from getting a trademark for a shade of orange, concluding that the LVMH unit hadn't proved the public associated the color with the brand throughout the whole bloc.

  • March 06, 2024

    Seoul Semiconductor Sues Amazon In Unified Patent Court

    Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has accused Amazon of infringing two of its LED lighting patents in Europe's newly-created Unified Patent Court, underscoring its hopes to use the court to attack several infringers at once.

  • March 06, 2024

    Amazon Liable For Knockoffs On US Site That Infringe UK TMs

    Amazon can be held accountable for infringing European or U.K. trademarks by marketing knockoff items listed on its U.S. marketplace to local customers, Britain's top court concluded Wednesday, a landmark decision that makes it easier for brands to enforce intellectual property on global e-commerce platforms.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

  • March 05, 2024

    4 Ways For Employers To Protect Trade Secrets

    Businesses that want to prevent employees from disclosing trade secrets — maliciously or otherwise — must shield the information while also ensuring at the same time that staff understand the consequences of revealing confidential material. Here experts offer four key strategies to keep that sensitive information under wraps.

  • March 05, 2024

    LG's Lawn Mower Patent Takes Root On 3rd Appeal

    European officials have ruled that LG Electronics can finally patent a robotic lawn mower after the company trimmed its original application three times, ruling that it was cutting new turf in the field.

  • March 05, 2024

    Repsol Beats Lufthansa Unit In R+, AirPlus EU TM Clash

    Repsol has fought off a Lufthansa unit's bid to block its "R+" trademark after convincing a European appeals board that consumers would not confuse the sign with the German carrier's "AirPlus" set of logos.

  • March 05, 2024

    French State-Owned Railway SNCF Settles TM Dispute

    France's state-owned railway operator has settled its trademark spat with a Polish public transport research and development firm, after the Polish company agreed to drop its proposed branding for a range of transport-related products and services.

  • March 05, 2024

    Spanish Pharma Unit Blights Blood Donation Firm's TM Bid

    A subsidiary of Grifols SA has left a blood donation company's "Amber Plasma" trademark hopes in tatters, persuading a European appeals panel to begin the process of blocking the "banal" sign for a lack of distinguishing features.

  • March 04, 2024

    Security Biz Can't Get Rival's Printing Patent Nixed At EPO

    A security company has lost its latest bid to overturn a competitor's plastic card printing patent, with an appeals panel saying Monday that the tech did not lack an inventive step over earlier designs.

  • March 04, 2024

    Mitsubishi's Image-Smoothing Patent Lacks Clarity, EPO Says

    A Mitsubishi unit has lost its latest shot at registering a European patent over its image-smoothing technology, with an appeals panel ruling that the company's explanation of its pixel filtering process was not clear enough.

Expert Analysis

  • Dairy Vs. Plant-Based 'Milks': A Regulatory Standoff

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    Sales of nondairy milk alternatives are flourishing, but the dairy industry charges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with failing to enforce its own labeling regulations regarding the definition of "milk." The longer terms like soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk remain in use, the stronger the argument for their continued use to describe these products, say attorneys with Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • UK Supreme Court Broadens Scope Of Patent Protection

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    The U.K. Supreme Court’s recent judgment in Actavis v. Eli Lilly sets out a revised approach to assessing patents in the U.K. and is likely to confer greater protection on patent owners, by providing that the protection afforded to a patent is not limited to the wording of the claims, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Brexit Creates Uncertainty For IP

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    Following Brexit, if the EU regulations directly applicable to intellectual property law are not transposed into English or Scottish law, a regulatory vacuum could be created. For patents, this could mean the first lack of substantive legal protection in over 700 years, says Roberta Young of Loza & Loza LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    An Interview With Floyd Abrams

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    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • An Interview With Ex-USPTO Director Todd Dickinson: Part 2

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    During a recent conversation with us, Q. Todd Dickinson, former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, offered his thoughts on intellectual property legislative and judicial activity in recent years, the policies that could use improvement, and the challenges that lie ahead for patent holders, say David Haas and Scott Weingust of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • An Interview With Ex-USPTO Director Todd Dickinson: Part 1

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    David Haas and Scott Weingust of Stout Risius Ross LLC recently had a candid discussion with Q. Todd Dickinson, former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and current head of Polsinelli PC’s intellectual property public policy practice. He shared his thoughts on the evolution of IP policy since his time at the PTO and his current concerns about U.S. patent law.

  • How China Became An IP Superpower

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    China has repeatedly been labeled an intellectual property pirate and wholesale IP rights violator, but those labels are no longer accurate. Today, applicants who overlook China do so at their peril, says Jay Erstling, of counsel at Patterson Thuente Pedersen PA and former director of WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty Office.

  • Real-World IP Tools In Virtual Worlds

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    Nonmillennials usually approach things like virtual reality from the perspective of what we know as the “real” world. We compare objects and interactions with how they would be if generated by Mother Nature. This is the greatest challenge for intellectual property professionals working in a virtual environment, say Elizabeth Ferrill of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and Joacim Lydén of Awapatent.

  • Filing Foreign Patents: 3rd-Party Disclosure Considerations

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    For U.S. patent applications filed following a disclosure of the invention, the one-year grace period provides a useful safety net. However, in other territories much stricter rules apply, say Hannah Buckley and Stuart Lumsden of Marks & Clerk.

  • EU May Soon Surpass US As Patent Center

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    Despite some uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s impact, the changing patent regime in Europe likely will make things easier for patent holders. Indeed, the new Unified Patent Court has several features that suggest it will be an appealing alternative to U.S. patent courts, say Ashley Keller and Katharine Wolanyk of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What To Expect From NPE Activity In China

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    An affiliate of nonpracticing entity Wi-LAN recently filed a patent suit against Sony in Nanjing, China. NPE activities have rarely been seen in China, so this raises the concern that international NPEs are now stepping in. Chinese patent litigation practice has two factors favorable to NPEs and two factors not favorable to NPEs, says Jackie Wong, legal counsel at Xiaomi Inc.

  • US Patent Practice Drifting Toward Approach Prevalent Abroad

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    Post-Alice cases on technical problems and technical solutions show that a problem-solution standard similar to the one adopted in Europe, Australia, China and Japan is seeing express endorsement by U.S. courts adjudicating Section 101 challenges, say Gurneet Singh and Harold Laidlaw of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • Tips For Addressing The IP Challenges Of 3-D Printing: Part 1

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    The intellectual property rights of both manufacturers that use 3-D printing and manufacturers that don't may suffer through claim drafting that does not take into account the opportunities provided by 3-D manufacturing, say attorneys with Marks & Clerk.

  • EU Unified Patent Court Will Proceed In 2017 — Now What?

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    Although it is sensible to be cautious and plan accordingly, we believe that the European Union's Unified Patent Court will, after a possibly extended teething period, become a significant forum in which patents are litigated, say Trevor Cook and Anthony Trenton, leaders of WilmerHale's IP litigation practice in Europe.

  • Comparing Patent Quality At The USPTO And EPO

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    In this latest article in an ongoing series on patent quality, Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University School of Law and Professor Jay Kesan of University of Illinois College of Law provide a snapshot of comparative patent inputs, processes and outcomes at the European Patent Office and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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