Intellectual Property UK

  • April 22, 2024

    HR Software Giant Can Fight On To Register 'Standout' TM

    American software giant ADP will have a second chance to attempt to register the word "standout" as a trademark in the European Union, even though the bloc's intellectual property authority decided that the mark failed to meet basic trademark requirements.

  • April 22, 2024

    Kirkland-Led Blackstone Bids $1.2B For Music Biz Hipgnosis

    Private equity firm Blackstone has tabled an enhanced $1.2 billion bid for U.K. music royalties investment company Hipgnosis, countering an offer from U.S. royalties firm Concord Chorus.

  • April 19, 2024

    Royal Mail Accuses Developer Of Copying Postcode Database

    Royal Mail has accused a software developer of using its database of postcode information to set up its own address-finding company.

  • April 19, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen U.K. holiday resort chain Butlins target Aviva and a huddle of insurers, Meta and WhatsApp tackle a patents claim by telecommunications company Semitel, an ongoing construction dispute between Essex County Council and Balfour Beatty, and Formycon AG hit a pharmaceutical company for infringing medical products. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 19, 2024

    UKIPO Halts Takeoff For Admin-Based Aircraft Docking Patent

    An engineering company cannot protect its aircraft docking invention with a U.K. patent because it is an administrative activity which is outside the realms of patentability, the nation's Intellectual Property Office has ruled.

  • April 19, 2024

    'Oktoberfest' Too Descriptive For Munich To Get TM

    The city of Munich has failed to revive its "Oktoberfest" trademark protections over beer glasses and clothing after a European Union appeals panel ruled that the sign is too descriptive of the festival-inspired style of the goods.

  • April 19, 2024

    5 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Roland Mallinson

    Roland Mallinson had dreamed as a child of becoming an architect, but a teacher set him on a different course, steering him toward the path of civil engineering before he eventually became an intellectual property lawyer.

  • April 18, 2024

    Patent Court Edges Closer To Transparency With Ocado Decision

    The Unified Patent Court gave an early signal this month about its willingness to make proceedings transparent by agreeing to let an outside lawyer see pleadings in a high-profile case, but some lawyers warned that the court had not gone far enough to guarantee openness at the new court.

  • April 18, 2024

    Ericsson Can't Push Lenovo's FRAND Claim Out Of UK

    Swedish telecom Ericsson has failed to force Lenovo's claim over patent licensing terms out of the U.K., as a London judge on Thursday concluded that the English courts are "clearly the most appropriate" forum for the Chinese multinational's case.

  • April 18, 2024

    Dexcom Asks EU Court To Toss Abbott Med Tech Patent

    Medical device maker Dexcom Inc. has asked Europe's patent court to revoke Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.'s patent for glucose monitor screens, firing back at its rival in a sprawling international battle over the technology.

  • April 18, 2024

    Truffle Specialist Can't Protect 'Cipriani Tartufi' TM In EU

    An Italian truffle distributor cannot register his "Cipriani Tartufi" trademark in the European Union because it is too similar to a luxury food specialist's "Cipriani Food" branding, an intellectual property appeals panel in the bloc has ruled.

  • April 25, 2024

    Mathys & Squire Recruits New IP Partner To Munich Office

    Mathys & Squire LLP has hired a new intellectual property partner in its Munich office from Müller Hoffmann & Partner in its latest move toward delivering all-German advice to clients in the nation.

  • April 17, 2024

    Escobar TM Too Shocking For General Public, EU Court Rules

    A European court refused Wednesday to let cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar's family trademark his name because of its "highly offensive and shocking" associations with drug trafficking and narcoterrorism.

  • April 17, 2024

    Coinbase Loses EU Appeal To Bloc Rival TM

    Coinbase lost part of its bid Wednesday to stop an Estonian company bearing the same name from registering a trademark, with a European court saying the cryptocurrency platform cannot block the trademark of the Baltic state business for news services, publishing or education.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ireland Pushes Back UPC Ratification Vote

    The Irish government has pushed back the date for a referendum to decide whether it should ratify the agreement to join Europe's Unified Patent Court, citing the need for more public engagement on the matter.

  • April 17, 2024

    Chinese Vape Maker Accuses UK Co. Of Bumming Designs

    A Chinese vape maker has accused a rival of selling products that look identical to its SKE Crystal Bar, infringing its intellectual property by using the "Crystal" name and misrepresenting their vapes to British consumers.

  • April 17, 2024

    Intel Urges Court To Revoke Semiconductor's Chip Patent

    Computer processor giant Intel denied infringing the intellectual property of R2, telling a judge Wednesday that the chip patent that the semiconductor maker is trying to enforce is invalid because it represents developments already known in the industry.

  • April 17, 2024

    Toto's Toilet Patent Flushed Over Obviousness

    A Japanese toilet maker failed to secure a patent for a cleaning device placed above toilet seats, after European officials ruled that a skilled person would have eventually combined previous inventions to make its key features.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fieldfisher Goes On German Media, Tech And IP Hiring Spree

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited 11 lawyers across its German offices, including several new partners, to boost its intellectual property offerings, and strengthen its position in the media sector.

  • April 16, 2024

    IBM Gained Most AI Patents By Far In 2023

    IBM obtained more U.S. artificial intelligence patents in 2023 than any other company, with its closest competitors falling behind by more than 300 patents, according to a Harrity Patent Analytics report announced Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Granta Can't Patent Purported Chemical Composition Checker

    Ansys Granta can't patent a system that it asserted could estimate the chemical composition of products ranging from toys to engines, as European officials have ruled that the system merely carries out math calculations based on prestored information rather than solving a technical problem.

  • April 16, 2024

    Pornhub Owner Makes Fresh Bid To Nix Dish's Patents

    Adult entertainment outfit Pornhub's parent company Aylo has hit U.S. satellite television network Dish with a claim to revoke two of the network's U.K. patents, the latest volley in the international streaming technology patent dispute between the two companies.

  • April 16, 2024

    Semiconductor Maker Accuses Intel Of Infringing Chip Patent

    Semiconductor maker R2 told a London court Tuesday that major tech rival Intel has infringed its computer chip technology, arguing that it has a valid patent over a technology that allows computer processors to avoid voltage spikes.

  • April 15, 2024

    AGA Accused Of Trying To 'Control' Aftermarket With IP Claim

    A company that makes and fits electronic conversion kits for AGA Cookers has told a London court that the high-end oven maker's copyright and trademark claim is just a bid to control aftermarket sales for its units.

  • April 15, 2024

    'MontyPay' TM Denied Due To Indirect Confusion

    Monty Global Payments stopped Monty Finance from registering a trademark with the "Monty" name after British officials ruled that there was a risk consumers would think their products were connected.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • An Overlooked Tool To Fight USPTO 'Restriction'

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    Over the last several years, we have seen the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office more commonly impose flimsy restrictions on patent applications under the "one invention per application" rule, and practitioners underutilize petition as a means to challenge them, say George Chaclas and Emily Ferriter Russo at Day Pitney.

  • Opinion

    AI-Generated Works Should Not Have Copyright Protection

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    The U.S. Copyright Office has correctly determined that works created solely by artificial intelligence do not qualify for protection, as granting exclusive rights to such works would be unwise for a number of reasons, says Thomas McNulty at Lando & Anastasi.

  • Examining The New UK Service Guidance For TM Proceedings

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    A new much-anticipated U.K. Intellectual Property Office practice notice affects situations where there is no valid U.K. address for service of documents in trademark and registered design proceedings, and will mean rights holders are on notice at an earlier stage of proceedings, with limited time in which to respond, says Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • A Look At M&S' Registered Design Claim Win Against Aldi

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    Adding to the long line of cases seeking to restrain Aldi's attempts to mimic market-leading products, Marks & Spencer's recent success in the U.K. High Court based on registered designs demonstrates that supermarket copycat products may no longer be able to sail so close to the wind, says Alex Borthwick at Powell Gilbert.

  • UK Teva Ruling Brings Patent Remedy Into Question

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    Arrow declarations have been considered an extremely effective tool for patent litigators, but following the recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Teva v. Novartis it appears that courts are looking to take a more conservative view, say David Holt and Tony Proctor at Potter Clarkson.

  • How CJEU Case Shifts TM Liability For Platforms Like Amazon

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    The EU Court of Justice's recent ruling on Amazon's liability for trademark infringement in relation to fake Christian Louboutin shoes advertised by third parties on its website may leave web platforms that sell third-party vendors' products alongside their own brands more vulnerable to infringement claims, say Louisa Chambers and Helen Reddish at Travers Smith.

  • Europe's New Unitary Patent System Will Affect IP Agreements

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    Marco Stief at Maiwald discusses key points in intellectual property agreements that legal practitioners will need to consider in Europe's soon-to-open centralized patent court, including regional exclusivity in different contracting member states.

  • EU Medicine Reboxing Ruling Gives Guidance To Pharma Cos.

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    The recent landmark decision of the Court of Justice of the EU in Novartis Pharma on repackaging medicines has provided pharma companies with a much-needed framework, with better protections for trademarks and clearer protocols for handling imported products, say Ulf Grundmann and Elisabeth Kohoutek at King & Spalding.

  • A Look Ahead At Key UK Intellectual Property Cases

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    Anticipated 2023 U.K. intellectual property decisions include robotics, artificial intelligence, and clean energy matters that have also been heard in the U.S., while other areas to watch include global fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory issues, as well as COVID-19 patent litigation, say Tom Oliver and Claire Robinson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Lessons That May Be Learned From The Demise Of Made.com

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    With Made.com going into administration, companies that may face similar challenges should take on board that the earlier adequate preemptive planning is considered, the more financial and legal options there will be to avoid last minute firefighting and to focus instead on strengthening the business, says Eleni Michaela at Faegre Drinker.

  • Teva Case Aims Europe's Pharma Crackdown At IP Loophole

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    The European Commission's recent allegations against Teva signal not only the EU competition watchdog's continued focus on intellectual property violations in the pharmaceutical sector but also its new enforcement interest in exclusionary disparagement, say Robert Bell and Malgorzata Janiec at Armstrong Teasdale.

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