Intellectual Property UK

  • March 27, 2024

    Skyscanner Stands Firm In TM Infringement Feud With Rival

    Skyscanner Ltd. has doubled down on its claim that rival travel agency Loveholidays infringed its trademark by adopting a similar logo, while also refuting its competitor's claim that the imitation was actually the other way around.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Ruling Shows Global SEP Enforcement Dilemma

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling that U.K. judges have the power to set extraterritorial licensing royalty rates for standard-essential patents highlights a problem with global patent enforcement coordination and efficiency that could potentially be solved through the Patent Cooperation Treaty, says Roya Ghafele at Oxfirst.

  • Time To Reassess Your Patent Cooperation Treaty Strategy

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    In light of the trends outlined in the World Intellectual Property Organization's recent annual Patent Cooperation Treaty review, applicants should make decisions on which international search authority to use based on immediate cost, total cost and quality, says Karam Saab at Kilpatrick.

  • German FRAND Decision May Shape Global SEP Landscape

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    The German high court's recent decision that patent owner Sisvel didn't breach its fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing obligations by refusing to grant Haier a license represents a shift in the standard-essential patent landscape in favor of SEP holders' enforcement freedom, say Erik Puknys and Michelle Rice at Finnegan.

  • Sustainable Food Progress May Close Global Regulatory Gap

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    As the need for sustainable food production grows, the European sector will likely align with less stringent U.S. regulatory standards, which will further enable U.S. companies to expand globally and lead to more sophisticated intellectual property strategies in all regions, say Jane Hollywood and Fiona Carter at CMS Legal.

  • Cos. Should Assess IP, Contractual Protections For Their AI

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    Companies should understand the three types of intellectual property protection for safeguarding proprietary artificial intelligence — which is crucial to fighting the pandemic — as well as tools for creating protections when statutory means fall short, say Lori Bennett at Aetion and attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Tips For Accelerating Patent Prosecution In China

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    In light of recent Chinese patent statistics showing at least eight to 10 months to first office action and an average of 22.7 months to final disposition from the date of filing, there are several strategies applicants may explore to speed through examination, say Aaron Wininger at Schwegman Lundberg and Lei Tan at Pujing Chemical.

  • Use Of AI To Treat COVID-19 Shows Novel Inventorship Issues

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    As technology and medical companies collaborate to deploy artificial intelligence to combat COVID-19, questions arise about how best to protect AI innovations as well as who should get credit as an inventor, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Israel's Generic COVID-19 Drug Licensing Lacks Due Process

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    The Israel attorney general's special compulsory license for imported generic versions of Abbvie's patented antiviral drug Kaletra to treat COVID-19 does not provide a right of response, a hearing or direct judicial review, says Ephraim Heiliczer at Pearl Cohen.

  • New US Policy On SEP Remedies Restores Critical Balance

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    The new joint U.S. Department of Justice-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office policy on standard-essential patents, clarifying that injunctions are available in accordance with general remedies law, helps restore a power balance between technology innovators and users, and realigns U.S. patent law with other jurisdictions, say attorneys at McKool Smith.

  • Vaccine IP Under Microscope With Coronavirus Outbreak

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    The coronavirus global outbreak, which has focused attention on the role patent systems play in encouraging investment in vaccines and cures, affords an opportunity to examine the tension among patent rights, investments, governments and public health, say Gaby Longsworth and Robert Greene Sterne at Sterne Kessler.

  • EU Lacks Effective Tool For Resolving Border Disputes

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    The European Court of Justice recently found that it did not have jurisdiction over Slovenia's claim to enforce an arbitration award against Croatia, indicating that EU legal framework cannot be used to resolve intra-EU border disputes, and that a new mechanism should possibly be developed, says Akshay Sewlikar at Linklaters.

  • Rebuttal

    AI Can't Accurately Predict Case Length And Cost — Yet

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    A recent Law360 guest article argued that artificial intelligence can precisely estimate the length and cost of a new case, but several limitations will likely delay truly accurate predictions for years to come, says Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller.

  • Trade Agreements With EU Will Still Be Elusive Post-Brexit

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    Although a post-Brexit transitional arrangement largely preserves the status quo between the U.K. and the EU through the end of the year, intense trade negotiations for key industries are still to come, with the possibility of a no-deal exit in 2021, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Surefire Marketing Methods To Build Your Legal Practice

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    Attorneys who take the time and the risk to showcase their talents through speaking, writing and teaching will find that opportunities will begin building upon themselves, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Some Clarity On Inventor-Employee Compensation In The UK

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    The recent U.K. Supreme Court decision in Shanks v. Unilver swept away a perception that some employers are simply too big to pay inventor compensation under the U.K.’s statutory compensation provisions, and may offer some hope to prospective employees, say attorneys at Haseltine Lake.

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