Intellectual Property UK

  • March 26, 2024

    Nokia Loses Bid To Patent Telecoms Device Invention

    Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy has failed to win patent protection for an invention related to a new wireless transmission method, after European officials ruled that the company's amendments had gone beyond what was originally claimed.

  • March 26, 2024

    Pet Drug Maker Faces EU Probe For Axing Pipeline Dog Med

    The European Union's antitrust authority said Tuesday it has launched a probe into whether Zoetis Inc. had illegally blocked competition by acquiring a pipeline product designed to treat pain in dogs and axing a potential rival's deal to sell it.

  • March 26, 2024

    Abbott Sues Over 3D TM Infringement Of Diabetes Device

    Abbott Diabetes has sued several companies for selling a Chinese-made glucose monitoring device with signs that allegedly look "identical" to the ones on its product.

  • April 02, 2024

    Marks & Clerk Hires IP Pro From Wynne-Jones In Birmingham

    Marks & Clerk LLP has recruited a partner to its Birmingham office for his second stint at the firm as it looks to cement a place among the top specialist intellectual property outfits globally.

  • March 26, 2024

    EU's New Geographical IP Rules Still Need Clarity

    European reforms for geographical indication protections could boost uptake of the niche intellectual property right, but what can be protected under the new category of manufactured products remains uncertain, lawyers say.

  • March 26, 2024

    Casino Biz Seeks To Smother Rival's 'Mini Burning Hot' TM

    A casino tech company has asked a London court to revoke a competitor's trademark and clear the path for it to extend its "Burning Hot" logo portfolio after the rival company blocked a new application using its purportedly invalid "Mini Burning Hot" sign.

  • March 25, 2024

    Eastman Group Says Ex-Employee Lifted IP To Start Rival Co.

    A specialty materials maker has told a London court that an ex-employee stole a valuable database in order to quickly set up a rival company selling paint protection film for cars.

  • March 25, 2024

    Motorbike Gear Biz Hits Back At Rival In Designs Dispute

    A motorcycle apparel company has denied infringing a competing retailer's clothing designs while hitting back at the company in a London court for damaging its business by threatening to sue its customers, documents made public Monday say.

  • March 25, 2024

    Slushie Maker Hits Back At Britvic Over Ice Blast TM

    A slushie machine business has hit back at Britvic over the soft drink giant's allegations that it has copied the "Tango Ice Blast" branding on its frozen drink dispensers.

  • March 25, 2024

    Schuh, Simmi Want To Give Naked Wolfe Designs The Boot

    Two U.K. shoe retailers have accused the owner of the Naked Wolfe brand of bringing meritless intellectual property claims against them, because its shoe designs weren't original enough to deserve protection in the first place.

  • March 25, 2024

    Virgin Seeks Full $200M In Train Brand Feud After $115M Win

    Virgin Enterprises Ltd. has sued Brightline Holdings LLC for the full $200 million exit fee for backing out of its train brand licensing deal after already winning $115 million, arguing in documents made public on Monday that it's owed a boosted exit fee because of a change in control of the U.S. rail operator.

  • March 22, 2024

    Financial Analyst Org. Prevails In Clash Over 'CEFA' TM

    The European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies won its latest bid to register a trademark for "CEFA Certified European Financial Analyst" after a European court ruled that earlier examiners didn't consider key evidence.

  • March 22, 2024

    US Manufacturer Partially Wins Appeal For 'Presto-Tap' TM

    Engineered Controls International LLC can register the trademark "Presto-Tap" over most of the services it had applied for, the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office has concluded, ruling that a French company's "Presto" sign was stamped on very different products.

  • March 22, 2024

    Top Dutch Court Blocks Russia's Last Bid For Vodka TMs

    Former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders said Friday that the Netherlands' top court has thrown out Russia's final bid to stop their seizure of over a dozen renowned Russian vodka trademarks in an effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    Osborne Clarke's Arty Rajendra On The Future Of FRAND

    Arty Rajendra of Osborne Clarke LLP was instrumental in securing a win in one of the most influential patent cases in recent memory — the U.K. Supreme Court ruling that English courts can set global licensing rates for patents deemed essential to European telecoms standards.

  • March 22, 2024

    Nokia Unit Doubles Down On Amazon IP Infringement Claim

    A Nokia subsidiary has reaffirmed its claim that Amazon infringed its patents with a "household sharing" feature on its Prime Video service, telling a London court that the company is not entitled to a license over its patent portfolio.

  • March 21, 2024

    Plant-Based Meat Biz Cooks Rival In 'Meat Zero' EU TM Feud

    A Thai food company has fought off a rival's challenge to its "Meat Zero" trademark bid, with a European Union appeals panel saying in a newly public decision that there is not enough chance of confusion with a competitor's "ZeroMeat" sign.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banksy Co. Calls Instagram Post True In £1.3M Libel Case

    The company that manages anonymous street artist Banksy has defended a £1.35 million ($1.7 million) claim that he posted a defamatory Instagram post about a licensing company using his artwork on clothing without his permission, saying it was substantially true.

  • March 21, 2024

    Famed Retailer's 1930s TM Can't Stop Modern Registration

    A Slovak clothing brand has fended off attacks from the grandchildren of a famed Czechoslovakian retailer from the 1930s after a European court ruled that past prestige could not prevent the name Nehera from being registered seven decades later.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lenovo Can't Get Interim FRAND Rate For InterDigital SEPs

    Lenovo on Thursday failed to convince a London court to rule that an interim license for a suite of InterDigital telecommunications patents was fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory in the latest chapter in the two companies' global dispute over standard-essential patents.

  • March 21, 2024

    Skechers Loses 'Hands Free Fit' TM Due To Descriptive Nature

    American sneaker giant Skechers has lost a second bid for trademark protection over its "hands free fit" shoes, with the European patent authority ruling that the brand's logo is merely a description of, or an advertisement for, a feature of the product and therefore not distinguishable.

  • March 20, 2024

    Spanish Investment Co. Beats Slovak TM Opposition In EU

    A Spanish investment company has won an appeal to revive its trademark application, as European officials ruled that buyers of financial services paid a "high degree of attention" and wouldn't think that the sign was linked to a Slovak company.

  • March 20, 2024

    Digital Comms Filings Bolster Record EPO Applications

    Companies and inventors filed the highest number of European patent applications to date in 2023, buoyed by marked increases in filings for digital communications and energy technologies.

  • March 20, 2024

    EU Commission Builds 'Toolkit' To Fight Counterfeiting

    The European Commission has adopted new measures to crack down on counterfeiting aimed at strengthening intellectual property rights by increasing the sanctions for criminal offenses while also designating a single contact point for enforcement issues. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Brexit And Supplemental Protection Certificates

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    The procedure for applying for patents through the European Patent Office will be entirely unaffected by Brexit because the EPO was established by a separate treaty unrelated to the European Union. EU law, however, is critical to the acquisition and enforcement of other intellectual property rights, including supplemental protection certificates, say William Hubbard and Barry Herman of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • Q&A With GAO Directors: Improving Patent Quality

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    Overall, we were impressed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's commitment to improving patent quality through their Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative. However, we still recommended that the USPTO take a number of actions, say John Neumann and Frank Rusco of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • EU Court Brings New Copyright Liability For Linked Material

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    The EU Court of Justice recently ruled that websites that merely link to infringing material can be liable for copyright infringement. If GS Media v. Sanoma stands, it threatens to disrupt common practices on a wide variety of websites and social media platforms, say Jennifer Stanley and Liwen Mah of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Best Of Times And Worst Of Times For International IP

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    While the intellectual property environment is healthy, the international trade environment is not. The troubling situation raises the question of whether prevailing anti-trade sentiment will undercut IP harmonization progress and jeopardize the future of the global IP system, say Jay Erstling and Amy Salmela of Patterson Thuente Pedersen PA.

  • The Complicated Role Of Copyright In EU Pay-TV Case

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    While the European Commission's decision to close its antitrust investigation of Paramount Pictures does not mark the end of the pay-TV investigation, which continues against other studios and broadcasters, the history of the case and the terms of this settlement provide an interesting insight into the EC’s current views on the interaction between competition law and copyright, say Becket McGrath and Trupti Reddy of Cooley LLP.

  • Deciding Where To File Patents Internationally In 2016

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    Staying tethered to old patent filing strategies can soothe the cognitive dissonance created by a rapidly changing world. But applicants should resist the siren song of the old standbys to optimally adapt their patent portfolios to a world in economic and political flux, says Stephen Keefe, patent counsel at the Getinge Group.

  • What Brexit Means For EU Patents And Trademarks

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    Until the end of the negotiation period that will follow the Brexit vote, EU laws will continue to apply in the U.K., and intellectual property owners will likely experience no change in their rights in the U.K. until at least 2018, say Peter Pappas and Karissa Blyth of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • 7 Reasons Revocation In EU Could Be As Popular As IPR In US

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    In addition to providing a forum for centralized enforcement of European patents, the Unified Patent Court will offer a new opportunity for challengers to invalidate a European patent centrally in a single action. There are some similarities between UPC revocation actions and the hugely successful inter partes reviews in the U.S., say Leythem Wall and Hazel Ford of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.

  • UK Supreme Court Clarifies Scope Of EU Design Protection

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's reasoning in a dispute involving children’s suitcase manufacturers raises important points for those filing community registered design right applications in Europe, says Dafydd Bevan of Marks & Clerk.

  • A New Dawn For European Patents

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    The creation of a new European Unified Patent Court and a new patent with unitary effect — expected to come into force next year — is the most important change in the European patent system since the European Patent Convention came into effect in October 1977. It will fundamentally change the international patent litigation landscape, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • A Successful Follow-On Inter Partes Review Petition

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's recent decision in World Bottling Cap shows that a second petition for inter partes review will be considered by the PTAB when the facts and additional prior art warrant, says Ted Baroody of Carstens & Cahoon LLP.

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