Intellectual Property UK

  • March 20, 2024

    Wise Hits Back At Bad Faith TM Allegations From Tech Rival

    Payments firm Wise has hit back at a counterclaim from software company WithWise, urging the High Court to reject WithWise's claim that Wise's trademark is invalid because it is overbroad and being used as a legal weapon.

  • March 20, 2024

    Google Fined €250M By France For Media Copyright Breaches

    France's competition regulator said Wednesday that it has hit Google with a €250 million ($271 million) fine for using content from news agencies without alerting them or payment.

  • March 19, 2024

    Crowell & Moring Hires Allen & Overy IP Litigator In Brussels

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a new partner to its Brussels office, strengthening its European intellectual property practice as clients increasingly seek advice to navigate rapidly changing liability regulations.

  • March 19, 2024

    Insurance Tech Biz Can't Get Policy Tracker Patent In UK

    An insurance tech firm can't get a patent over its automated policy tracker software in the U.K. because computer programs and business methods are not patentable, intellectual property officials said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    New UK Gov't Program Will Promote IP-Backed Lending

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it will launch a program to drive banks toward more lending to businesses with intellectual property that can use their patents and trademarks as collateral.

  • March 19, 2024

    Danish Medical Tech Biz Can't Dash Rival's Catheter Patent

    A medical device company can keep an amended version of its catheter insertion patent after fending off Coloplast AS' claims that the device is not inventive, a European Patent Office appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 19, 2024

    Tesco Branding Infringes Lidl TMs, Appeals Court Rules

    Tesco failed Tuesday to persuade an appeals court that its loyalty pricing scheme branding doesn't infringe trademarks for Lidl's logo, even though the justices acknowledged the lower court's decision that customers might be misled by the blue-and-yellow signage could be "surprising."

  • March 18, 2024

    AI Voice Platform Faces UK Litigation Over 'Deepfake' Songs

    The U.K.'s trade association for recorded music has threatened legal proceedings against a deepfake artificial intelligence platform, alleging that the former Voicify's collection of AI voices infringes artists' rights.

  • March 18, 2024

    UPC Shows No Sign Of Dimming UK's IP Role — Yet

    Lawyers and participants seem happy with the Unified Patent Court so far, but it has yet to move the needle on the popularity of the English courts for cross-border IP disputes — particularly after the U.K. Supreme Court set a crucial precedent.

  • March 18, 2024

    Sterlite Says Rival's Fiber-Optic Patent Is 'Mere' Co-Location

    Sterlite Technologies has hit back at Fujikura's claim that it infringed a U.K. patent for a fiber-optic cable, arguing that protection should have never been granted because it was a "mere" co-location of known features.

  • March 18, 2024

    Packaging Patent Gets Amended For 'Lack Of Inventive Step'

    A packaging company has partially succeeded in appealing a decision to uphold a patented method for checking the position of adhesive labels on sheet materials, with European officials finding that aspects of the technique would be "obvious to the skilled person."

  • March 18, 2024

    Pharma Cos Sign €40M Deal To Market Hearing Loss Drug

    Specialty pharma business Norgine BV has secured an exclusive licensing agreement worth €40 million ($43 million) to sell a medication that reduces the risk of hearing loss in young chemotherapy patients, the drug's producer Fennec has announced.

  • March 15, 2024

    Quantum Spinoff Breached Fiduciary Duty In TM Dispute

    Quantum Actuarial LLP has lost an appeal to force its predecessor, Quantum Advisory Ltd., to let it use the "Quantum" name as it branched off the business, after a London court found that the actuarial business was wrongly acting out of self-interest.

  • March 15, 2024

    Biotech Unit Beats Challenge Over Chemical Library Patent

    A unit of a Swiss biotech has won its bid to patent a method for DNA-encoded chemical libraries, after European officials ruled that a challenge to the application lacked substance.

  • March 15, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Howard Kennedy face legal action by a London hotel chain, former racing boss Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One hit with a breach of contract claim by a Brazilian racecar driver, and a libel row between broadcaster Jeremy Vine and ex-footballer Joey Barton. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 15, 2024

    Spanish Winery Blocks 'Casa Del Sol' TM Over Similarities

    A Spanish winery has successfully contested a rival registering a trademark for the words "Casa del Sol," after the European Union Intellectual Property Office ruled there is a risk of confusion when compared with its earlier marks.

  • March 15, 2024

    Powell Gilbert Pros Warn Of Big Changes In IP Litigation

    The life sciences sector should brace itself for change as transformative technology creates new disputes, the sector adjusts to the Unified Patent Court and EU proposals to overhaul standard essential patent licensing could cause upheaval, three partners tell Law360.

  • March 14, 2024

    Nokia Sues Verifone For Infringing SEPs With Payments Tech

    Nokia has sued Verifone in Europe for illegally using its connectivity technologies in devices used to process transactions, claiming that these point-of-sale products are infringing a mix of standard essential patents.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ocado's UPC Appeal Weighs 'Reasonable Request' For Docs

    Online supermarket giant Ocado has urged the appellate wing of the Unified Patent Court to consider the interests of all sides before granting access to court documents, in a landmark appeal that could set the stage for transparency for the UPC going forward.

  • March 14, 2024

    Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Can't Revive Eliquis Patent At EPO

    Pfizer and a Bristol-Myers Squibb unit have failed to rescue their jointly owned patent over the blockbuster blood thinner Eliquis in Europe after eight rivals convinced an appeals panel that the key compound in the formula was not inventive.

  • March 14, 2024

    Craig Wright Timeline: From Australia To The London Courts

    Computer scientist Craig Wright's one-man mission to prove to the courts that he is the elusive creator of bitcoin came to an end Thursday as a London judge rejected his claim in one of the most-discussed intellectual property cases in the English courts. Here, Law360 looks back at the history of Wright's claims.

  • March 14, 2024

    Wright Is Not The Inventor Of Bitcoin, Judge Rules

    A London judge ruled Thursday that Australian computer scientist Craig Wright is not the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin, ruling that the evidence against his claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto was "overwhelming."

  • March 13, 2024

    Developer Of The Witcher Loses EU TM For Gwent Card Game

    The developer behind popular video game title The Witcher has lost protections over a "G" logo for its Gwent card game after a European Union appeals panel ruled that the company had failed to put the trademark to use.

  • March 13, 2024

    Advertising Co. Appeals Loss Over Rival's Billboard Tech IP

    Sports advertising firm Supponor on Wednesday fought to overturn a finding that it had infringed a rival's patent for moving digital billboard displays, saying its technology can't infringe because it's an obvious extension of its own previous patent.

  • March 13, 2024

    Medical Device Maker Sues Rival Over Bladder Stone Tech

    A Chinese medical device maker has accused a rival of infringing its patented suction device to remove bladder stones by marketing a similar-looking sheath at an annual industry conference.

Expert Analysis

  • Copyright Trial Defense Tips From 'Thinking Out Loud' Case

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    The twofold defense strategy that earned Ed Sheeran his recent "Thinking Out Loud" copyright trial victory revealed the strength of a musician's testimony, the importance of a consistent narrative and the power of public policy arguments when combating infringement claims, say Jonathan Phillips and Latrice Burks at Larson.

  • Getty Case Will Be Pivotal For Generative AI Copyright Issues

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    The Getty v. Stability AI litigation in the U.K. and U.S. raises legal ambiguities on who owns generative artificial intelligence output, and the outcomes will set a major precedent on copyright practices for businesses in both countries and beyond, say Victoria Albrecht at Springbok AI and Mark O'Conor at DLA Piper.

  • Global M&A Outlook: Slow But Moving Along

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    Global merger and acquisition markets had a tough start to the year, with inflation, rising interest rates and the Ukraine conflict knocking sentiment, but in the macroeconomic, deal makers have continued to unearth pockets of activity to keep deal volumes ticking over, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • Emmentaler Case Elucidates Recipe For EU Food Trademarks

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    In light of the EU General Court recently rejecting the Emmentaler cheese trademark application for lacking distinctive character and not meeting the geographical indication requirements, producers must ensure to protect their trade names before they become commercially generic, says Lars Karnoe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Unified Patent Court Advantages Leave US Trailing Behind

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    Amplifying the shortcomings of litigation in the U.S., including inter partes reviews that significantly threaten the validity of patents, the recently launched Unified Patent Court regime will put further pressure on American legislators and add to Europe's attractiveness as a litigation venue, say lawyers at Sisvel and Franzosi Dal Negro.

  • The Path Forward For Blockchain Patents In The UK And EU

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    The U.K. Intellectual Property Office's recent refusal of an IGT patent application highlights that certain blockchain innovations, including those relating to improved security, are more likely to be patentable than others, which is consistent with the overall European approach and available data, says Andrew Rudhall at Haseltine Lake.

  • USPTO's Speed On Some China Patents Bears A Closer Look

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    While all U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expedited programs are meant to be examined in the same manner, a survey of Patent Prosecution Highway actions indicates some examination processes may favor applications originating in China, says Julie Burke at IP Quality Pro.

  • French And UK Patent Litigation Will Likely Influence The UPC

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    The newly opened Unified Patent Court represents a seismic, yet untested, change to how patent litigation is conducted within Europe, and the practices of French and U.K. courts may play a role in its development, including on issues such as saisies and document production, say lawyers at Gowling.

  • AI-Fueled Innovation Poses Patentability Challenges

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    Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP explores questions about standards for inventorship, nonobviousness and disclosure as patent practitioners, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the courts grapple with rapid innovation in AI technology.

  • Benefits Of Unified Patent Court Compared To Local Litigation

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    Recently opened for business, the Unified Patent Court offers a faster, cheaper and more streamlined solution to handle patent disputes compared to EU countries and the U.S., and could become the most important forum for patent litigation in Europe, if not worldwide, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • Global Issues In EU's Licensing Plans For Essential Patents

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    Consultants at Analysis Group explore questions surrounding the recently announced EU licensing framework for standard-essential patents, and how the European Commission's goals may influence discussions of issues like procedure, efficiency and transparency in the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • EPO Decision Adds To Sparse Case Law On Core AI Patents

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    The recent European Patent Office Board of Appeal decision in the Sparsely connected neural network/Mitsubishi case is remarkable for its technicality, and provides rare guidance for companies on the requirements for core artificial intelligence invention patents, says Alexander Korenberg at Kilburn & Strode.

  • A Deep Dive Into EU Unified Patent Court Policy

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    Robert Sterne at Sterne Kessler offers a detailed analysis of the EU's Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent, which go live on June 1, discussing what U.S. practitioners need to know from an enforcement and freedom-to-operate perspective.

  • AI And Copyright: Tracking The Ownership Issues

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    The rise of generative AI has created copyright and ownership challenges in creative industries, but contractual agreements, intellectual property law and AI-specific regulations can be used to address these issues, says Kimiya Shams at Devialet.

  • How Ed Sheeran's Serenade May Have Swayed The Jury

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    While Ed Sheeran's performance of his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" at trial could not protect him from the subconscious copying doctrine, it may have tapped into jurors' intuitions about independent creation, winning him the copyright infringement suit over the song, says Christopher Buccafusco at Duke University School of Law.

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