Intellectual Property UK

  • April 04, 2024

    Getty Says Stability AI Plays 'Active Role' In Making AI Images

    Stock images giant Getty Images has clapped back at the makers of the popular Stable Diffusion software in the companies' U.K. copyright dispute, saying Stability AI cannot claim that any potentially infringing image the generative AI model creates is due to the user's input alone.

  • April 04, 2024

    Henkel Loses Bid To Sweep Away Rival's Cleaning TM

    A Romanian cleaning product company has won its trademark appeal for its "Clinium" logo, after a European appellate board found that buyers would not conflate the sign with German rival Henkel's "Clin" trademark.

  • April 04, 2024

    Juul Can't Dodge UPC Vape Feud Over Rival's Admin Error

    Juul can't dash a challenge to five of its vaping patents even though its rival NJOY listed the wrong company in its initial papers, an appeals panel has said, giving the competing company the green light to tweak its claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Velcro-Selling Co. Sues Rival Over Amazon Complaints

    A Northern Irish Velcro product distributor has accused a rival of spreading false rumors about its goods and putting the company in Amazon's bad books by returning several purchases and claiming they were "inauthentic."

  • April 04, 2024

    Gambling Biz Says Rival, Ex-Employees Copied Game Code

    An online gambling company has sued two former members of staff and its rival for allegedly plagiarizing copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products.

  • April 03, 2024

    Genmab Builds Oncology Portfolio With $1.8B Deal

    Danish biotechnology company Genmab announced Wednesday that it would acquire private cancer drugmaker ProfoundBio for $1.8 billion in cash, a move set to beef up Genmab's oncology portfolio and position the company as a competitor to other biotech companies that have made similar deals in the antibody drug conjugate space in recent months.

  • April 03, 2024

    Jacob & Co. Can't Get TM Over Name For Alcohol Venture

    High-end jeweler Jacob & Co. can't register a trademark of its name over spirits after European officials ruled that a German company selling "Jacobi"-branded spirits had already established a presence in the market.

  • April 03, 2024

    IP Firm Reddie & Grose Names New Chairman, Eyes Growth

    Intellectual property boutique Reddie & Grose LLP has appointed Steve Howe as its next chairman, one of a series of senior promotions the business has made as it continues its growth push in the U.K. and Europe.

  • April 03, 2024

    EUIPO Director Seeks Clarity On TM Rules, In An Office First

    The executive director of the European Union's Intellectual Property Office has for the first time asked the office's Grand Board to clarify parts of the bloc's trademark rules, seeking guidance on when an EU-wide application can be converted into national requests.

  • April 03, 2024

    Uber Loses Some European TM Protections For Its Name

    Ride-hailing giant Uber has failed to persuade the European Union that it should retain a suite of broad trademarks for its name, with the bloc's intellectual property body deciding to trim down protections for computer software and telecommunications.

  • April 03, 2024

    Valrhona's Bid For 3D Mold TM Melts At UKIPO

    Valrhona has failed to register a 3D oval-shaped trademark after the U.K. intellectual property office ruled that it was a common mold in the industry and consumers would not link the cocoa bean lookalike to the premium French chocolatier.

  • April 02, 2024

    L'Oreal Holds Off Competitor's Objections To Hair Dye Patent

    A Japanese cosmetics brand failed to foil a L'Oreal hair-dyeing patent after European officials ruled that the invention to even out color satisfied all requirements, even if it didn't specify minimum concentrations for certain ingredients.

  • April 02, 2024

    Molson Coors Blocks Stone Brewing TM In UK

    California's Stone Brewing Co. could not convince the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office to register a trademark for its own name, after drinks rival Molson Coors argued that it could be confused with existing trademarks it owns for the word "Stones."

  • April 02, 2024

    Shell-Exxon Joint Venture Fends Off Fuel Additive IP Attack

    An Exxon Mobil and Shell joint venture has successfully fought off attempts by competitors to invalidate its patent for a diesel fuel additive, with a European Patent Office appeals board ruling that the additive was inventive enough for protection.

  • April 02, 2024

    Blur Drummer Leads Competition Challenge Over Royalties

    The drummer for an English rock band is leading a legal challenge on behalf of songwriters, claiming that a society that collects royalties for artists has been unfairly distributing cash, according to details published by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    ASOS Loses Appeal For Topshop TM In Europe

    Online retailer ASOS has lost a second bid for trademark protection over the fashion brand name Topshop, with the European intellectual property authority saying the name lacks any distinctive character and simply means "an excellent store."

  • March 28, 2024

    House Of Fraser Loses Bid To Broaden 'BIBA' EU Trademark

    House of Fraser can't broaden its "BIBA" trademark because consumers could confuse the sign with an earlier "BiBA" logo that appears on similar goods, a European Union appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    British Biz Hits Back At Chinese Co. In LED Mask Design Fight

    A British businesswoman has hit back at a Chinese light-therapy device manufacturer's claim that she misused its designs for an LED mask and bib, telling a London court she was always the rightful owner of the designs.

  • March 28, 2024

    Questel Partners With AI Workflow Automation Software Maker

    Intellectual property software provider Questel has partnered with a workflow automation software maker to help IP lawyers automate more document-based tasks with artificial intelligence, according to statements from both companies.

  • March 28, 2024

    4 Questions For Bristows' Commercial IP Experts

    Bristows LLP intellectual property leaders Matthew Warren and Robert Burrows have seen much change in their decades of advising clients, but they say the pace has “increased significantly” in recent years. Here, they talk to Law360 about artificial intelligence, the latest developments in FRAND disputes and other trends in IP litigation.

  • March 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen investors target fraudsters who ran a fake film tax scheme, Barclays Bank sue privately owned Russian bank PJSC Sovcombank, easyGroup bring a trademark infringement claim against online casino TGI Entertainment for its "easybet" word sign, and a bioethanol fuel company hit high-profile individuals connected to the collapsed Elysian Fuels scheme. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 28, 2024

    Locksmith Hits Back At Security Biz In Key Copy Patent Feud

    A locksmith service has denied infringing an Austrian security company's patent by cutting copies of a key design, telling a court it could not have known the key was patent-protected and saying that the patent is invalid either way.

  • March 27, 2024

    Bayer Can Briefly Stop Rivals Selling Patented Xarelto Dosage

    Bayer AG can briefly block its rivals from selling generic versions of anticoagulant Xarelto at its protected once-daily dosage while both sides await a ruling on the validity of the patent, a London court said on Wednesday.

  • March 27, 2024

    BoE Finds Increasing Fear Of Financial Risk From AI

    The Bank of England said on Wednesday the proportion of banks, insurers and other firms that find artificial intelligence one of the greatest risks to the finance system has doubled in six months.

  • March 27, 2024

    Sainsbury's Says Mandarins Not From Protected Variety

    Sainsbury's has hit back at accusations that a variety of its mandarin oranges infringe on the plant breeding rights of a French company, arguing that its Tang Golds are intrinsically different from the protected Nadorcotts owned by Nador Cott Protection SAS.

Expert Analysis

  • Why US Should Help European Efforts To Fix SEP Licensing

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    The European Commission's proposed reform of standard-essential patent licensing aims to fix a fundamental problem stemming from the asymmetry and obscurity of information about SEPs, and U.S. agencies exploring regulation of foreign regimes should support and improve these efforts, say David McAdams at Duke University and David Katz at WilmerHale.

  • Shifting From Technical To Clear Insurance Contract Wordings

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    Recent developments on insurance policies, including the Financial Conduct Authority's new consumer duty, represent a major shift for insurers and highlight the importance of drafting policies that actively improve understanding, rather than shift the onus onto the end user, say Tamsin Hyland and Jonathan Charwat at RPC.

  • What's In The Plan To Boost Germany's Commercial Litigation

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    Lawyers at Cleary discuss Germany's recent draft bill, which establishes commercial courts and introduces English as a court language in civil proceedings, and analyze whether it accomplishes the country's goal of becoming a more attractive venue for commercial litigation.

  • Bitcoin Case Highlights Advanced Age Of UK's IP Law

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    An appellate court's recent decision in a case involving the copyright of bitcoin's file format emphasizes the role of copyright protection in software, and also the challenges of applying decades-old laws to new technologies, say Marianna Foerg and Ben Bell at Potter Clarkson.

  • Future Paths For AI Inventorship After Justices' Thaler Denial

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    Anup Iyer at Moore & Van Allen examines the current and future state of AI inventorship in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear Thaler v. Vidal, including collaboration, international challenges, and the need for closer examination in research and development-intensive sectors.

  • EU Ruling Highlights Strategic Benefits Of Patent Appeals

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    The European Patent Office board of appeal recently reversed the examining board's ruling in an application by LG Electronics, highlighting how applicants struggling to escape conflicting objection traps at the examination level can improve their chances of a positive outcome with an appeal, says Andrew Rudhall at Haseltine Lake.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Boosting IP Value With Publicity Machines

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    Mattel's history of intellectual property monitoring, including its recent challenge against Burberry over the "BRBY" trademark ahead of the "Barbie" film, shows how IP enforcement strategies can be used as publicity to increase brand value and inform potential collaborations, says Carly Duckett at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • UPC Revocation Actions Offer An Attractive Patent Strategy

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    As the Unified Patent Court gains momentum after an initial period of nervousness around the recently launched forum, more businesses may be starting to realize the value of running revocation actions as an alternative route to knocking out patents across Europe, say Oliver Laing and Georgia Carr at Potter Clarkson.

  • 5 Takeaways For Litigants From Early EU Patent Court Ruling

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    One of the first Unified Patent Court ex parte preliminary injunctions was recently granted in myStromer v. Revolt Zycling, demonstrating the court's ability to decide cases extremely quickly, but parties should be careful in phrasing their motions and sufficiently substantiating them to achieve the desired result, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • Copyright Cheat Sheet: Finding Substantially Similar Songs

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    Using the recent copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran over his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" as a case study, forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig provides an overview for attorneys of which musical elements do and do not, when altered, create the sense of a new or distinct composition — a determination increasingly sought from experts in court.

  • Barbie Deals Should Remind Brands Of IP Licensing Benefits

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    Mattel Inc.'s recent licensing of the Barbie trademark — one of the biggest licensing campaigns of recent history — illustrates that, as long as risks are managed properly, intellectual property licensing can form part of the overall business strategy and benefit both parties, say Maria Peyman and Anousha Vasantha at Birketts.

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • A Look At US Injunctive Relief Trends Amid UPC Chatter

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    While much remains to be seen regarding how the new EU Unified Patent Court will treat injunctive relief in practice, recent data shows that the U.S. framework may be turning in favor of injunction, despite a perception that it can be nearly impossible to obtain in the U.S., say Nirav Desai, Patrick Murray and Roberta Lam at Sterne Kessler.

  • Navigating Europe's New Game-Changing Unified Patent Court

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    Europe's recently opened Unified Patent Court has ushered in a new era in patent law focused on the power of provisional relief, and adapting to both broad protections and compressed timelines is essential for plaintiffs and defendants alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

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