“PORT CHARLOTTE” Whisky does not infringe the EU protected designation of origin (PDO) “PORTO” or “PORT” – Consideration needed urgently for protection of PDOs and GIs, UK and EU-wide, post-Brexit

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog The CJEU has confirmed that “Port Charlotte”, registered as an EU trade mark for whisky, does not evoke (infringe) the protected designation of origin (PDO) for “porto” or “port”. The decision will be significant for consumer products businesses as it confirms that EU (not national) law … Read more

Commission paper on IPR post-Brexit highlights the importance of resolving key issues prior to withdrawal

The European Commission has published “Position paper transmitted to EU27 on Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” (7 September 2017) which proposes that the (Brexit) Withdrawal Agreement should ensure that: The protection enjoyed in the United Kingdom on the basis of Union law by both UK and EU 27 (the remaining EU states) holders of … Read more

Patent and Pharma Update – June 2017

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Our regular Patent and Pharma Update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

HELPING FMCG BUSINESSES PLAN FOR A POST-BREXIT FUTURE

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog Businesses with interwoven supply chains across the EU and beyond have already felt the effects of a weaker pound, with increasing costs of sourcing raw materials and packaging leaving some organisations no choice but to inflate consumer prices. Combine this with the uncertainty of tariffs, access … Read more

BREXIT – WHAT IP ISSUES TO CONSIDER NOW

The post below was first published on our Intellectual Property blog We set out our thoughts and predictions upon how protection and enforcement of IP in the UK may be impacted once Brexit arrives. We have also suggested some immediate action points for consideration in the weeks or months to come, prior to Brexit, to ensure that … Read more