Intellectual Property UK

  • April 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen footwear brand Dr. Martens hit online retailer Temu with a passing off claim, Welsh soccer club Swansea sue its former head coach Russell Martin, Russian diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov file a claim against his former business Equix Group Ltd., and U.S. bank Omega Financial Corporation hit African oil and gas company Tende Energy with a claim. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 12, 2024

    6 Questions For Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose's New Chairman

    Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose LLP's new chairman, told Law360 that a growing number of clients are turning to the firm for advice on inventions that involve the use of artificial intelligence technology. Here, Howe talks about IP with Law360.

  • April 12, 2024

    Candy Crush Creator Pulverizes Rival's 'Candygame' TM

    The creator of Candy Crush has won its fight to block a rival mobile game developer from registering a "Candygame" trademark, with a European Union patent authority concluding that the rival's brand could take unfair advantage of its fame.

  • April 12, 2024

    Bayer Loses UK Protections For Billion-Dollar Blood Thinner

    A London court on Friday invalidated Bayer AG's patent for its best-selling blood thinner Xarelto, agreeing with an array of generic drugmakers that the German pharmaceutical giant had given away too much information in conference materials about the drug before seeking protections.

  • April 11, 2024

    Plus-Size Clothing Retailer Sues Over Alleged Knockoffs

    A British fashion retailer has accused a London-based garment supplier of selling knockoffs of its "Yours" and "Yours Curve" plus-size women's clothing brands with a "Yours Curvy" line of products.

  • April 11, 2024

    Dolce & Gabbana Gets 'K' TM Despite Kappa Challenge

    Sportswear maker Kappa failed to prove that consumers buying Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics stamped with a "K" trademark would mix up their brands, after European officials ruled that the signs were just too different to create a risk of confusion.

  • April 11, 2024

    Cable Biz Risks Losing Obvious Earthing Nut Patent In UK

    A cable products business is facing losing its electrical earthing nut patent protections in the U.K. after officials ruled that the device's shape and conductivity technology did not provide a sufficient leap from earlier patents.

  • April 25, 2024

    Mishcon Hires IP Pro Angela Fox From Maucher Jenkins

    Mishcon de Reya LLP said Thursday that it has recruited the former head of dispute resolution at Maucher Jenkins to its intellectual property team, boosting its strengths in a full spectrum of trademark, copyright and design matters.

  • April 11, 2024

    AI Music Biz Faces Rocky Road In Record Label IP Dispute

    If U.K. record labels follow through on a threat to sue AI music company Jammable, experts say the country's first copyright claim over music deepfakes could prove harder to defend than other IP disputes over the new technology.

  • April 11, 2024

    Hendrix Bandmates Have No Claim To Copyright, Sony Says

    The U.K. arm of Sony has hit back at the estates of the former bandmates of Jimi Hendrix in their ongoing copyright feud over the group's back catalog, alleging that the pair consented to producers taking control.

  • April 11, 2024

    UPC Allows Access To Ocado Docs On Appeal

    Ocado has failed to persuade the Unified Patent Court's Court of Appeal that it should block a lawyer's third-party request to access pleadings in a now-settled patent suit, further clarifying the new court's stance on transparency.

  • April 10, 2024

    Lights Out For Solar Panel Company's Battle To Revive Design

    Singapore-based solar panel maker Maxeon Solar Pte. Ltd. lost its fight to revive its invalidated panel design Wednesday, with a European Union court ruling that the appearance of its device "lacked individual character."

  • April 10, 2024

    Medical Device Maker Bids To Stop Rival Selling Product

    A Chinese medical device maker urged a London court Wednesday to prevent a U.K. rival from selling its product until the end of its patent infringement claim, arguing that the medical device supplier might undercut its prices.

  • April 10, 2024

    EU Court Revives German Kitchen Biz's 'MH Cuisines' TM Hopes

    A German kitchen specialist can proceed to registering its "MH Cuisines" trademark after persuading a European Union court on Wednesday to overturn an earlier ruling that consumers could confuse the sign with a rival's "MM Cuisines" logo.

  • April 10, 2024

    Petrochem Co. Can't Nix Vagisil Maker's TM For Teens

    Combe International LLC can register the trademark "OMV! By Vagisil" after European officials ruled there was a "profound distance" between its feminine hygiene creams and the petrochemical products sold by a similarly named company.

  • April 10, 2024

    Door Handle Maker Grips Design Victory On Appeal

    A Czech manufacturer won its appeal Wednesday to reinstate design protections for a door handle after a European court ruled that differences in the angles of the grip and neck were significant enough to merit protection.

  • April 10, 2024

    EUIPO Wrongly Skimmed Dairy Biz's 'Rebell' TM, Court Says

    A European Union court has restored a dairy company's "Rebell" protection, ruling on Wednesday that intellectual property officials failed to explain why they narrowed the scope of the trademark for lack of use amid a beef company's protests.

  • April 09, 2024

    Chinese Co. Wants To Nix Abbott's 3D TM For Diabetes Tech

    A group of Chinese companies hit back at Abbott's claims that they copied a 3D trademark for a continuous glucose monitoring device, arguing that the product's features shouldn't be protected in the first place.

  • April 09, 2024

    Canine Toilet Biz City Doggo Bites Back At Rival's TM Claim

    A company that makes grass toilets for dogs has hit back at its competitor, after the rival business accused it of ripping off its natural pee patch featured on the BBC TV show "Dragons' Den."

  • April 16, 2024

    Freeths Hires Murgitroyd Atty As Patents Director

    Freeths LLP has appointed a new director of patents with more than 16 years of experience advising clients such as Nokia and Rolls-Royce, marking the latest addition to the firm's growth strategy.

  • April 09, 2024

    Kigen, Thales Settle Dispute Over SIM Card Standard Patent

    A U.K. tech company and a subsidiary of French electronic giant Thales Group have settled their dispute over fair licensing terms for standard-essential technology used to remotely activate SIM cards in mobile phones.

  • April 09, 2024

    Medical Device Maker Fights Kidney Stone Tech Patent Claim

    A U.K. medical device maker has denied that its bladder stone-removing technology infringes a Chinese rival's patent for a similar-looking product, saying it will continue to put its devices on the market.

  • April 09, 2024

    Gaming Co. Fires Back In 'Burning Hot' TM Clash With Rival

    A casino gaming business has hit back at a challenge to the validity of its "Mini Burning Hot" trademark, arguing that its rival is trying to relitigate earlier proceedings and alleging that the competitor's U.K. trademark protections are invalid.

  • April 08, 2024

    Nivea Wins 'KiiLTO' TM Spat Over Reputational Risks

    Nivea brand owner Beiersdorf on Monday successfully opposed a Finnish chemical products manufacturer's trademark "KiiLTO Airi" after European officials found the mark likely to "tarnish" the skincare brand's reputation.

  • April 08, 2024

    Netherlands Top Court Says No Copyright In Balloon Filler

    The Netherlands' top court rejected a product developer's bid to copyright its water balloon filler, "Bunch-O-Balloons," after finding that most of the inventor's decisions were technical rather than spurred by creativity.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The USPTO Should Give Ukraine Even More Help

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark office should take three direct steps to help confer upon Ukraine's patent office the same benefits it previously granted to Russia's Rospatent, in addition to the sanctions the USPTO has already conferred in response to the attack on Ukraine, say David Kappos at Cravath, Teresa Summers at Summers Law Group and Andrew Baluch at Smith Baluch.

  • International Law May Protect Foreign Investors In Russia

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    Investment treaties that allow eligible foreign investors to bring claims for compensation by way of international arbitration may offer a better, or the only, avenue to recover losses for assets that have been seized by Russia, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • Amazon TM Ruling Proves Important For Global Websites

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal recently found that Amazon infringed Lifestyle Equities' trademark, and its analysis of whether there was an intention to target particular customers, provides welcome relief for brand owners and lessons on avoiding infringement for the operators of global websites, say Steven James and Hattie Chessher at Brown Rudnick.

  • Sheeran Ruling Raises Burden For Copyright Plaintiffs

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    In requiring proof of access, rather than proof of the possibility of access, the U.K. High Court’s decision in Ed Sheeran’s recent copyright case will provide some security to those in the music industry, say David Fink and Armound Ghoorchian at Venable.

  • 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.

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