Intellectual Property UK

  • June 25, 2024

    Electrolux Beats Bosch Unit To Revive Touch Screen Patent

    Electrolux has rescued its European patent over a kitchen appliance touch screen from a Bosch subsidiary's invalidity protests, convincing an appeals panel that an amended version of the blueprint is inventive over previous devices.

  • June 24, 2024

    BMS Fends Off Teva Attack Over Blood Clot Patent

    A Swedish judge has upheld a BMS patent for a blood clot treatment, concluding that the invention was new because it should be treated as having an earlier filing date under European precedent.

  • June 24, 2024

    Jaguar Land Rover Nixes Chinese EV Battery Maker's TM

    European officials blocked China's top electric vehicle battery maker from registering the trademark "Evogo," after ruling that buyers might think it was related to Jaguar Land Rover's "Evoque" mark.

  • June 24, 2024

    Rugby Division Beats Football Org In Super League TM Scrum

    England's top-tier rugby league division has blocked a breakaway soccer league from extending its "The Super League" trademark to the U.K., with officials deeming the sign too similar to earlier "Super League" marks, in a ruling published Monday.

  • June 24, 2024

    Stoma Bag Maker Must Show Its Work In Patent Case

    A London court has ordered a stoma bag specialist to provide a more detailed breakdown of its product amid its rival's patent infringement claim — but the company got the nod to rely on experimental evidence in its defense.

  • June 21, 2024

    Apple Won't Offer AI Tools In EU Due To Regulatory Concerns

    Apple confirmed Friday that the tech giant isn't planning on releasing new artificial intelligence features in the European Union this year due to "regulatory uncertainties" involving the bloc's new Digital Markets Act and the potential security risks that complying with the DMA could pose to Apple users.

  • June 21, 2024

    Pay-For-Delay Drug Case Not Time-Barred, UK Tribunal Says

    The U.K. Competition Appeal Tribunal refused Friday to apply a much more restrictive statute of limitations that would toss government claims that Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck Ltd. and generic drug manufacturers anticompetitively agreed to delay generic competition to an antidepressant.

  • June 21, 2024

    Big Mac Ruling Shows Brands Can't Coast On Reputation

    Consumer giants should not be complacent that their globally recognized branding will serve as reason enough to hold onto and enforce their intellectual property, lawyers warn following a European court's high-profile decision to trim McDonald's trademark protections for "Big Mac."

  • June 21, 2024

    Abbott Can't Bar Rival's Glucose Monitor Sales In UPC Claim

    Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. has failed to convince the Unified Patent Court's local division in The Hague to issue an early injunction barring a Hong Kong-based rival from selling a glucose monitor in Europe, with the court saying Abbott's patent will likely be revoked.

  • June 21, 2024

    Austrian Bank Beats Challenge To 'Easybank' TM

    Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo lost its challenge to an Austrian bank's "easybank" trademark, after the Austrian bank persuaded the European Union's intellectual property office that it had put its direct banking brand to good use.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    Amgen Joins Bid To Nix Alexion's Blood Drug Patent

    Amgen Inc. has told a London court that its biosimilar for a patented rare blood disease treatment of Alexion does not infringe the AstraZeneca unit's protections for the drug, arguing that the patent itself should be scrapped.

  • June 20, 2024

    Top EU Court Clarifies UK Interest In TM Claims Post-Brexit

    The European Union's top court has backed a prior ruling holding that a U.K. trader's interest in bringing trademark opposition proceedings against an EU application should not disappear after the U.K.'s departure from the European Union.

  • June 20, 2024

    Next Copied Diamond Logo For Its Reputation, Rival Claims

    Next Retail sports clothing brandishing a black diamond took advantage of a global outdoor business' very similar logo in an attempt to "live dangerously" and ride off its rival's reputation, according to a London court claim.

  • June 20, 2024

    Drinkers Won't Mix Rival 'Angels' Alcohol Brands, UKIPO Says

    A Scottish canned cocktail maker has beaten a bid by a rival spirits business to nix the trademark for its "Angels Dare" logo, after U.K. intellectual property officials ruled that drinkers would not mix up the two brands.

  • June 20, 2024's TMs Trimmed In Infringement Claim With Rival

    App-building tech company Global Ltd. lost its trademark battle with an Indian rival over the alleged exploitation of its "Builder" sign on Wednesday, losing protection for two of its marks across a third of its computer-related classes.

  • June 20, 2024

    Targus Loses Appeal Over Too 'Laudatory' Ecosmart TM

    Computer accessory company Targus cannot register "Ecosmart" as a trademark, after an appeals board at the European Union intellectual property office held that the phrase was too laudatory to warrant protection.

  • June 19, 2024

    Stripe Seeks To Revoke ATM Network's TMs

    Stripe has urged a court to revoke trademarks owned by the main ATM network in the U.K., which accused the online payment processor of infringement and hijacking its reputation by using the "Link" name for a payment service.

  • June 19, 2024

    Robotic Drug Patent Beats Novo Nordisk's EPO Challenge

    A U.S. pharmaceutical company has beaten a challenge brought by a Danish rival to its patent for a type of robotic pill, convincing officials at the European patent office that it has invented a new method for administering medication.

  • June 19, 2024

    Swedish Sportswear Co. Loses Bid To Block Fashion TM

    A Swedish sports clothing company has lost its appeal against Italian fashion outlet company Take Off's trademark, as Europe's intellectual property watchdog said it had failed to prove genuine use of its version of the logo.

  • June 19, 2024

    Gaming Execs Deny Copying Ex-Firm's Code For New Game

    Two former directors of an online gambling company have denied its claim that they plagiarized copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products through the rival business they joined.

  • June 19, 2024

    Coinbase Loses Bid For EU Trademark Resembling Letter 'C'

    Cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase failed to persuade a European court to upend an intellectual property office ruling that rejected its figurative trademark for a shape resembling the letter "C" as the court backed the ruling that the application lacked distinctive character.

  • June 18, 2024

    Garden Screen Co. Says Rival Ripped Off Its Unique Designs

    The owners of a line of allegedly unique garden screens have sued a rival in London court for supposedly copying the designs, which the owners argue are protected by copyright.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Investors Auction Russian Vodka TMs For €1.6M

    The former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Monday they have auctioned the Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, as they continue their effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia.

  • June 18, 2024

    IT Co. Has 'Vizst' TM Revoked Over Confusion Risks

    A 3D graphics creator used by BBC and Sky has won its fight to block technology competitor Vizst Technology Ltd. from registering its "Vizst Technology" branding in the U.K., after a British intellectual property authority found consumers would likely confuse it with another brand.

Expert Analysis

  • EPO Decision Significantly Relaxes Patent Priority Approach

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    In a welcome development for patent applicants, a recent European Patent Office decision redefines the way that entitlement to priority is assessed, significantly relaxing the previous approach and making challenges to the right to priority in post-grant opposition proceedings far more difficult, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • Why US Should Help European Efforts To Fix SEP Licensing

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    The European Commission's proposed reform of standard-essential patent licensing aims to fix a fundamental problem stemming from the asymmetry and obscurity of information about SEPs, and U.S. agencies exploring regulation of foreign regimes should support and improve these efforts, say David McAdams at Duke University and David Katz at WilmerHale.

  • Shifting From Technical To Clear Insurance Contract Wordings

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    Recent developments on insurance policies, including the Financial Conduct Authority's new consumer duty, represent a major shift for insurers and highlight the importance of drafting policies that actively improve understanding, rather than shift the onus onto the end user, say Tamsin Hyland and Jonathan Charwat at RPC.

  • What's In The Plan To Boost Germany's Commercial Litigation

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    Lawyers at Cleary discuss Germany's recent draft bill, which establishes commercial courts and introduces English as a court language in civil proceedings, and analyze whether it accomplishes the country's goal of becoming a more attractive venue for commercial litigation.

  • Bitcoin Case Highlights Advanced Age Of UK's IP Law

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    An appellate court's recent decision in a case involving the copyright of bitcoin's file format emphasizes the role of copyright protection in software, and also the challenges of applying decades-old laws to new technologies, say Marianna Foerg and Ben Bell at Potter Clarkson.

  • Future Paths For AI Inventorship After Justices' Thaler Denial

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    Anup Iyer at Moore & Van Allen examines the current and future state of AI inventorship in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear Thaler v. Vidal, including collaboration, international challenges, and the need for closer examination in research and development-intensive sectors.

  • EU Ruling Highlights Strategic Benefits Of Patent Appeals

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    The European Patent Office board of appeal recently reversed the examining board's ruling in an application by LG Electronics, highlighting how applicants struggling to escape conflicting objection traps at the examination level can improve their chances of a positive outcome with an appeal, says Andrew Rudhall at Haseltine Lake.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Boosting IP Value With Publicity Machines

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    Mattel's history of intellectual property monitoring, including its recent challenge against Burberry over the "BRBY" trademark ahead of the "Barbie" film, shows how IP enforcement strategies can be used as publicity to increase brand value and inform potential collaborations, says Carly Duckett at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • UPC Revocation Actions Offer An Attractive Patent Strategy

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    As the Unified Patent Court gains momentum after an initial period of nervousness around the recently launched forum, more businesses may be starting to realize the value of running revocation actions as an alternative route to knocking out patents across Europe, say Oliver Laing and Georgia Carr at Potter Clarkson.

  • 5 Takeaways For Litigants From Early EU Patent Court Ruling

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    One of the first Unified Patent Court ex parte preliminary injunctions was recently granted in myStromer v. Revolt Zycling, demonstrating the court's ability to decide cases extremely quickly, but parties should be careful in phrasing their motions and sufficiently substantiating them to achieve the desired result, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • Copyright Cheat Sheet: Finding Substantially Similar Songs

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    Using the recent copyright infringement case against Ed Sheeran over his hit song "Thinking Out Loud" as a case study, forensic musicologist Ethan Lustig provides an overview for attorneys of which musical elements do and do not, when altered, create the sense of a new or distinct composition — a determination increasingly sought from experts in court.

  • Barbie Deals Should Remind Brands Of IP Licensing Benefits

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    Mattel Inc.'s recent licensing of the Barbie trademark — one of the biggest licensing campaigns of recent history — illustrates that, as long as risks are managed properly, intellectual property licensing can form part of the overall business strategy and benefit both parties, say Maria Peyman and Anousha Vasantha at Birketts.

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • A Look At US Injunctive Relief Trends Amid UPC Chatter

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    While much remains to be seen regarding how the new EU Unified Patent Court will treat injunctive relief in practice, recent data shows that the U.S. framework may be turning in favor of injunction, despite a perception that it can be nearly impossible to obtain in the U.S., say Nirav Desai, Patrick Murray and Roberta Lam at Sterne Kessler.

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