Intellectual Property UK

  • May 29, 2024

    Chiquita Brands Scores Victory In 'Queen' TM Dispute

    Chiquita Brands notched a trademark win Wednesday in its bid to register "Chiquita Queen," after a European court ruled that earlier panels were wrong to think it would encroach on an existing fruit brand's territory.

  • May 29, 2024

    EUIPO Spoils 'Tuna' TM Bid For Halal Meat

    A German halal meat company has lost an appeal to register the mark "Tuna" over food-related goods that excluded the fish, after European officials ruled that it was still capable of deceiving shoppers.

  • May 28, 2024

    UPC Appoints New Judges Ahead Of Milan Debut

    The Unified Patent Court on Tuesday named three judges that will join its central division in Milan when the court opens in June.

  • May 28, 2024

    Lego Defeats Custom Train Maker In TM Dispute

    Lego has convinced a Netherlands court to stop a man from selling train sets that incorporate the brand's building blocks and figurines, arguing that it still had the right to prevent resales in Europe.

  • May 28, 2024

    Swiss Solar Energy Co. Loses 'Sun2Cool' TM Challenge

    A Swiss renewable energy company failed in its bid for trademark registration for its sign "sun2cool" on Friday after appellate officials at a European Union intellectual property authority ruled the mark was a "purely informative message."

  • May 28, 2024

    Eastman Group Accused Of Owning No Rights In IP Spat

    A company selling paint protection film for cars is fighting allegations that one of its managers stole a database belonging to Eastman Group in order to jumpstart the business, arguing the information wasn't confidential.

  • May 28, 2024

    Regulators Must Weigh If 'Image Rights' Needed For AI Policy

    Once the dust settles after the general election, a new government will have to consider whether protection for a person's likeness is required to help crack down on deepfakes created by artifical intelligence, as lawyers warn against a rush to introduce the new form of intellectual property.

  • May 28, 2024

    Samsung Bioepis Fights AstraZeneca Unit Over Soliris Patent

    Samsung Bioepis has challenged the validity of Alexion's Soliris drug in a London court in a bid to clear its path to sell a biosimilar version of the rare blood disease medicine — but the AstraZeneca unit has hit back amid hopes to maintain its monopoly over the treatment.

  • May 28, 2024

    EasyGroup Sues Biz Owner For Confidentiality Breach

    EasyGroup, the parent company of easyJet, has accused a U.K. business owner of flouting a confidentiality agreement with the brand by contacting a journalist at The Times newspaper about the group's legal action against him.

  • May 24, 2024

    The UK Laws That Will Pass Or Fail As Election Looms

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's decision to call an early general election to be held on July 4 has left several pieces of legislation hanging in the balance during the so-called "wash-up" period before Parliament is formally dissolved, while others have been pushed through. 

  • May 24, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 24, 2024

    Chainsaw Co. Stihl Nixes 'Stiga' Lawn Mower Co.'s TM Bid

    German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl has won its fight to block Swedish competitor Stiga AB from registering its "Stiga Stig" branding in the U.K., with the British intellectual property authority concluding that Stiga shouldn't be allowed to take unfair advantage from Stihl's strong reputation.

  • May 24, 2024

    Reckitt Benckiser Gets 2nd Try At Dishwasher Capsule TM

    European officials gave Reckitt Benckiser a narrow lifeline after ruling that its shape trademark for dishwashing capsules lacked distinctiveness but the company could still prove it had acquired it through use.

  • May 24, 2024

    Bayer Loses Bid To Overturn Xarelto Patent Loss

    Pharma giant Bayer AG lost its fight against a slew of generic-drug makers to keep its patent over its blockbuster drug Xarelto, when an appeals court ruled Friday that the drug involved no inventive step and should not be given protection.

  • May 24, 2024

    Tesla Hits Back At InterDigital's Bid To Ax 5G FRAND Case

    Tesla told a London court Friday that it is entitled to challenge the terms of licenses for 5G vehicle technology owned and licensed by InterDigital and Avanci LLC, hitting back at the two companies' bid to have its case thrown out.

  • May 23, 2024

    InterDigital Fights To Duck Tesla FRAND Case

    InterDigital and tech licensor Avanci LLC fought in a hearing Thursday to throw out Tesla's claim that they have failed to offer fair licensing terms for 5G patents for use in its cars, arguing that the automaker doesn't have valid claims against them.

  • May 23, 2024

    Lenovo Loses Bid For 'Sword Of Damocles' Injunction

    A London judge has dismissed Lenovo's bid to hit Ericsson with an interim injunction to stop it infringing an essential patent for 5G technology, claiming on Thursday that the injunction was merely a "Sword of Damocles" to discourage the Swedish company from enforcing international injunctions.

  • May 23, 2024

    Hotel Operator Successfully Checks In 'Siro' TM For UK

    The U.K.'s intellectual property authority has allowed an appeal by hotel operator Kerzner International for its trademark "Siro" based on the argument that consumers were unlikely to confuse it with hotel rival Sircle Collection's mark "Sir."

  • May 23, 2024

    Printing Biz Can't Nix Rival's Serial Number Labeling Patent

    A German printing company has fought off a rival's protests against an amended version of its serial number labeling patent, convincing a European appeals panel that its tweaks did not unlawfully broaden the design's description.

  • May 23, 2024

    PepsiCo Wins 'Rockstar' TM Battle With Spanish Drinks Biz

    PepsiCo has fought off a Spanish drinks company's challenge to its "Rockstar" trademark bid after convincing a European Union appeals panel that its opponent had not made proper use of its "La Estrella Del Rock" sign in recent years.

  • May 22, 2024

    Rolex Can't Stop Watch Co.'s 'Perpetuel' TM Bid

    Rolex cannot block a luxury watch boutique from registering a "Perpetuel" trademark series in the U.K. after failing to prove that consumers could confuse the sign with the watchmaker's "Oyster Perpetual" brand name, officials said.

  • May 22, 2024

    Judge Likens Lenovo Injunction Bid To A 'Hostage Situation'

    A London judge on Wednesday likened Lenovo's bid for an interim injunction to bar Ericsson from infringing a patent it deems essential to telecommunications standards to a "hostage situation," amid a worldwide battle between the two electronics giants

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Calls Elections For July 4 Despite Poor Polls

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday called an early general election to be held on July 4, advancing the electoral timetable even though his Conservative Party lags decisively behind the opposition Labour Party.

  • May 22, 2024

    UK Music Publisher Sues Distributor To Exit Licensing Deal

    A classical music publisher has accused sheet music distributor Hal Leonard of failing to use a "reasonable effort" to drive up sales and generate royalties by not making digital versions available and delaying the publication of its composers' works.

  • May 22, 2024

    Qualcomm Satellite Positioning Patent Gets Unplugged

    Qualcomm Inc. lost its appeal to revive a patent for an invention to locate mobile devices, after European officials ruled that its claims added extra material that wasn't in the original application.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • ECJ Ruling Strengthens German Patent Owners' Rights

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Phoenix Contact, it is expected that German courts will issue more preliminary injunctions in patent cases, making Germany, and particularly Munich, an even more attractive venue for patent enforcement, says Sandra Mueller at Squire Patton.

  • Taking A Long-Term View On Russia's Patent Landscape

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    The imposition of sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine has raised questions about the future of patent procurement and enforcement in Russia, but companies should not dismiss their Russian patents prematurely, especially in industries such as energy, agriculture, electronics and cybersecurity, say Soniya Shah and Ming-Tao Yang at Finnegan.

  • Assessing Litigation Uses Of USPTO 5G Development Study

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    Jonathan Putnam at Competition Dynamics evaluates the arguments for and against studies like the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent examination of 5G developers' patent activities, analyzing whether such assessments are reliable for litigation.

  • Latest Song Copyright Rulings Clarify What's Protectable

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    Recent copyright infringement decisions in favor of musicians Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Led Zeppelin should help turn the tide against frivolous music copyright lawsuits, says Gerald Sauer at Sauer & Wagner.

  • How To Wind Down Patents In Russia Over Next 3 Months

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    With June 23 approaching as the last day on which U.S. businesses may pay anything to the Russian patent office for filing patents directly or through international Patent Cooperation Treaty applications, practitioners should begin making crucial filing and search decisions now to avoid liability, says Mark Mathison at Kilpatrick.

  • Evaluating M&S Bottle Design Infringement Case Against Aldi

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    A central issue in Marks & Spencer's recently filed intellectual property infringement suit over Aldi's Gold Flake Gin Liqueur bottles may be whether the informed user would have the same overall impression from the M&S registered bottle design and the Aldi designs, say Alex Borthwick and Fraser Simpson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Brexit's Effect On UK Trademarks, 1 Year Later

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    Charlotte Wilding at Wedlake Bell discusses the status of U.K. trademark rules and regulations one year post-Brexit, including a potential increase in intellectual property rights and challenges, delays at the Intellectual Property Office and a growth of innovation and divergence.

  • Opinion

    Filing For Patents In Ukraine Is A Viable ESG Strategy

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    As part of their environmental, social and corporate governance efforts, U.S. companies should consider seeking patent protection in Ukraine, supporting the country in a way that may pay off financially as Ukraine modernizes its economy and integrates with Europe, says Mark Mathison at Kilpatrick.

  • Germany's Google Controls Illustrate Global Antitrust Trend

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    Germany's recent move to rein in Google with extended restrictions on anti-competitive behavior provides an example of the new aggressive stance regulators around the world are adopting as tech giants grow their power in the digital economy, says Andrea Pomana at ADVANT Beiten.

  • Opinion

    Solution To Patent Eligibility Quagmire Lies In Constitution

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    A lack of clarity on patent eligibility has undermined the credibility of the patent system, and a possible resolution is for courts or Congress to define judicial exceptions to patent-eligible subject matter in their most concise form — in line with constitutional guarantees, says Indi Rajasingham at the Mmillenniumm Group.

  • Examining EU's Drift Toward US-Style Employer Pact Scrutiny

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    As European Union competition authorities express enforcement interest in employment issues such as no-poach and wage-fixing agreements — which have been the subject of U.S. enforcement action for some time — companies may need to recalibrate their training and compliance programs accordingly, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

  • AI Inventorship Decision Leaves Open Questions

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    A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Thaler v. Iancu, finding that artificial intelligence cannot be named as a patent inventor, highlights questions that will have to be answered as AI increasingly contributes to inventorship, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • What Patent Applications Signal About Green Energy Trends

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    Steadily increasing patent activity related to clean energy technologies suggests that the proportion of energy derived from green sources will also continue to grow — but smaller companies could be locked out of the patent race, even as sustainability becomes an inescapable business imperative, says Greg Sharp at Haseltine Lake.

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