Intellectual Property UK

  • March 08, 2024

    Shein Accused Of Filching Rivals' Protected Shoe Designs

    A shoe retailer and its parent are accusing Shein of infringing their copyrights and protected designs by selling 45 styles of footwear which are "substantial reproductions" of the companies' blueprints.

  • March 08, 2024

    EasyGroup Denies Volkswagen's IP Claims Over EV Charging Site

    EasyGroup Ltd. has disputed Volkswagen's claim that a website for electric-vehicle charging stations wrongly used a VW vehicle logo, among other issues, asserting that EasyGroup wasn't responsible for the site and had filed an "easyCharging" trademark in good faith.

  • March 08, 2024

    NFT Platform Beats Rival's 'HyperNFT' TM

    An NFT platform has convinced U.K. intellectual property officials to scrap a rival's trademark for "HyperNFT," finding that consumers were likely to believe that they belonged to the same company.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Appointments Shape EU Unified Patent Court Before Launch

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    A series of judiciary appointments at the EU Unified Patent Court help put the court on track for its April opening, while also reflecting a patent-friendly enforcement system, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • 5 Considerations In Preparing For EU's New Patent System

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    With the upcoming implementation of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court, Europe gets closer to its long-term goal of one EU patent that can be enforced in one court, and non-EU patent owners and applicants will have strategic decisions to make, say Fabian Koenigbauer at Ice Miller and Thomas Kronberger at Grünecker.

  • Reexamining Negative Limitations After Novartis Patent Ruling

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    The Federal Circuit's decision and denial of rehearing in Novartis v. Accord has created exacting standards that must be met in order for negative limitations in patent claims to satisfy the written description requirement, but whether the dissent is correct that the majority opinion heightened the standard is an arguable point, say Jonathan Fitzgerald and Jaime Choi at Snell & Wilmer.

  • UK Courts' 3rd-Party Disclosure Rule Sets Global Precedent

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    The quiet change about to take place in the English Civil Procedure Rules, enabling U.K. courts to require pre-action disclosure of information from overseas third parties, is uncharted territory and will have profound implications for any organization that handles assets on behalf of a party, says Simon Bushell at Seladore Legal.

  • Zara TM Ruling Shows Prefiling Clearance Is Always Advisable

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    The recent Trade Mark Tribunal decision regarding Zara and House of Zana demonstrates the importance of conducting prefiling clearance investigations, so that where opposition may be anticipated, a strategy can be put in place, says Melanie Harvey at Birketts.

  • Dutch Merger May Promote Behavioral Remedies Across EU

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    A Dutch tribunal's recent clearing of the Sanoma-Iddink deal might further encourage merging parties in the EU to offer — and government agencies to accept — behavioral remedies, which was rarer when more emphasis was put on divestments, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Will UK Address AI Patent Infringement?

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    As artificial intelligence-related patent litigation activity inevitably approaches, a review of U.K. principles of direct and indirect liability offers insight into how courts may address questions involving cloud-based technology and arguments related to training AI models, say Alexander Korenberg at Kilburn & Strode and Toby Bond at Bird & Bird.

  • Law Commission's 'Data Objects' Proposal Is Far-Reaching

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    The Law Commission’s proposals to recognize data objects as a new category of personal property would bring fundamental changes were they to be implemented, and would have significant ramifications for finance litigation, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • UK Rulings Give Chinese Courts Wide Powers In IP Disputes

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    The recent rulings in Nokia v. Oppo and Philips v. Oppo open the door for Chinese courts to adjudicate worldwide rate-setting terms for standard-essential patents, and in so doing present a timely wake-up call as to China's influence, say F. Scott Kieff at George Washington University Law School and Thomas Grant at the University of Cambridge.

  • Swatch V. Samsung Offers IP Warning To Platform Operators

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    The recent U.K. High Court decision of Swatch v. Samsung demonstrates that while platform operators may wish to exercise greater control over the apps distributed on their platforms, this carries with it a corresponding duty to apply due diligence to protect the intellectual property rights of third parties, say Alex Borthwick and William Hillson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Opinion

    The USPTO Should Give Ukraine Even More Help

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark office should take three direct steps to help confer upon Ukraine's patent office the same benefits it previously granted to Russia's Rospatent, in addition to the sanctions the USPTO has already conferred in response to the attack on Ukraine, say David Kappos at Cravath, Teresa Summers at Summers Law Group and Andrew Baluch at Smith Baluch.

  • International Law May Protect Foreign Investors In Russia

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    Investment treaties that allow eligible foreign investors to bring claims for compensation by way of international arbitration may offer a better, or the only, avenue to recover losses for assets that have been seized by Russia, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Amazon TM Ruling Proves Important For Global Websites

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal recently found that Amazon infringed Lifestyle Equities' trademark, and its analysis of whether there was an intention to target particular customers, provides welcome relief for brand owners and lessons on avoiding infringement for the operators of global websites, say Steven James and Hattie Chessher at Brown Rudnick.

  • Sheeran Ruling Raises Burden For Copyright Plaintiffs

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    In requiring proof of access, rather than proof of the possibility of access, the U.K. High Court’s decision in Ed Sheeran’s recent copyright case will provide some security to those in the music industry, say David Fink and Armound Ghoorchian at Venable.

  • Litigants Eager To Prove The Song Remains The Same

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    Recent lawsuits against Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, alleging their hit songs infringed others' copyrights, suggest that, despite the difficulty of proving musical plagiarism has occurred, the appetite for this type of litigation may be growing, says Nick Eziefula at Simkins.

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