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EU Trade Mark reforms come into force – motion, hologram and multimedia marks can now be registered

A number of EU trade mark reforms came into force on 1 October 2017.  The key changes are: The graphical representation requirement has been abolished. In theory, it should now be easier to file non-traditional forms of marks at EU … Continue reading

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New Unjustified Threats Regime in force from 1 October 2017

Threatening proceedings for intellectual property right infringement can sometimes backfire. In relation to patents, trade marks and designs, there is a right for any person aggrieved by the threat to bring an action against the threatener. The “aggrieved” person may not … Continue reading

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“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 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 … Continue reading

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Exhaustion, economic links and “unitary control” – the AG’s opinion in the Schweppes trade mark reference

Trade mark rights may still be exhausted even if goods are imported bearing identical trade marks (having been applied in another EU Member State (MS) by a separate entity) where, given the economic links between the trade mark holder and the … Continue reading

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

The European Commission has published a “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 … Continue reading

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More flexibility to threaten IP proceedings in the UK under new Unjustified Threats legislation

See our updated posting on the new Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 published on 28 September 2017 in anticipation of the Act coming into force on 1 October 2017 here.      

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Practice note for Practical Law IP&IT on Protecting Brands via Intermediaries

Our Practice Note commissioned by Practical Law IP&IT is a guide to the options available to brand owners when seeking to enforce their rights against intermediaries, such as ISPs, including website-blocking injunctions, take-down notices and domain-name seizures. Read the note … Continue reading

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Helping FMCG businesses plan for a post-Brexit future

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 … Continue reading

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The UPC open for business in 2017? Minister for IP announces that UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

At yesterday's meeting of the Competitiveness Council, Minister of State for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe announced that the UK would proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, so allowing the Agreement to come into force (once Germany has also ratified). … Continue reading

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