Intellectual Property UK

  • 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.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ocado's Appeal Prompts Questions On UPC Public Access

    The Unified Patent Court is set to decide later in March whether the public should be granted access to court documents in one of its first landmark trials that could decide the future of the burgeoning court's approach to open justice.

  • March 04, 2024

    Food Company Gets Patent For Chocolate-Like Food Product

    A Japanese food manufacturer can patent its chocolate-like product, after European officials ruled that its heat-resistant properties were not a focus of earlier inventions, making the ingredient mixture new enough to merit protection.

Expert Analysis

  • ECJ Ruling Strengthens German Patent Owners' Rights

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Phoenix Contact, it is expected that German courts will issue more preliminary injunctions in patent cases, making Germany, and particularly Munich, an even more attractive venue for patent enforcement, says Sandra Mueller at Squire Patton.

  • Taking A Long-Term View On Russia's Patent Landscape

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    The imposition of sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine has raised questions about the future of patent procurement and enforcement in Russia, but companies should not dismiss their Russian patents prematurely, especially in industries such as energy, agriculture, electronics and cybersecurity, say Soniya Shah and Ming-Tao Yang at Finnegan.

  • Assessing Litigation Uses Of USPTO 5G Development Study

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    Jonathan Putnam at Competition Dynamics evaluates the arguments for and against studies like the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent examination of 5G developers' patent activities, analyzing whether such assessments are reliable for litigation.

  • Latest Song Copyright Rulings Clarify What's Protectable

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    Recent copyright infringement decisions in favor of musicians Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Led Zeppelin should help turn the tide against frivolous music copyright lawsuits, says Gerald Sauer at Sauer & Wagner.

  • How To Wind Down Patents In Russia Over Next 3 Months

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    With June 23 approaching as the last day on which U.S. businesses may pay anything to the Russian patent office for filing patents directly or through international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, practitioners should begin making crucial filing and search decisions now to avoid liability, says Mark Mathison at Kilpatrick.

  • Evaluating M&S Bottle Design Infringement Case Against Aldi

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    A central issue in Marks & Spencer's recently filed intellectual property infringement suit over Aldi's Gold Flake Gin Liqueur bottles may be whether the informed user would have the same overall impression from the M&S registered bottle design and the Aldi designs, say Alex Borthwick and Fraser Simpson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Brexit's Effect On UK Trademarks, 1 Year Later

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    Charlotte Wilding at Wedlake Bell discusses the status of U.K. trademark rules and regulations one year post-Brexit, including a potential increase in intellectual property rights and challenges, delays at the Intellectual Property Office and a growth of innovation and divergence.

  • Opinion

    Filing For Patents In Ukraine Is A Viable ESG Strategy

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    As part of their environmental, social and corporate governance efforts, U.S. companies should consider seeking patent protection in Ukraine, supporting the country in a way that may pay off financially as Ukraine modernizes its economy and integrates with Europe, says Mark Mathison at Kilpatrick.

  • Germany's Google Controls Illustrate Global Antitrust Trend

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    Germany's recent move to rein in Google with extended restrictions on anti-competitive behavior provides an example of the new aggressive stance regulators around the world are adopting as tech giants grow their power in the digital economy, says Andrea Pomana at ADVANT Beiten.

  • Opinion

    Solution To Patent Eligibility Quagmire Lies In Constitution

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    A lack of clarity on patent eligibility has undermined the credibility of the patent system, and a possible resolution is for courts or Congress to define judicial exceptions to patent-eligible subject matter in their most concise form — in line with constitutional guarantees, says Indi Rajasingham at the Mmillenniumm Group.

  • Examining EU's Drift Toward US-Style Employer Pact Scrutiny

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    As European Union competition authorities express enforcement interest in employment issues such as no-poach and wage-fixing agreements — which have been the subject of U.S. enforcement action for some time — companies may need to recalibrate their training and compliance programs accordingly, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

  • AI Inventorship Decision Leaves Open Questions

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    A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Thaler v. Iancu, finding that artificial intelligence cannot be named as a patent inventor, highlights questions that will have to be answered as AI increasingly contributes to inventorship, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • What Patent Applications Signal About Green Energy Trends

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    Steadily increasing patent activity related to clean energy technologies suggests that the proportion of energy derived from green sources will also continue to grow — but smaller companies could be locked out of the patent race, even as sustainability becomes an inescapable business imperative, says Greg Sharp at Haseltine Lake.

  • Takeaways On Pre-Action Protocols From UK Patent Ruling

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    The U.K. High Court's recent patent ruling in Add2 Research v. dSpace instructs parties in proper pre-action discussions that avoid breaches of protocol, including how to provide materials in confidence, say Angela Jack and Emily Atherton at EIP.

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