Intellectual Property UK

  • March 12, 2024

    Motorola Keeps Dual-Screen Phone Patent Hopes Alive

    Motorola has persuaded U.K. patent officials to move forward with its dual-screen smartphone patent bid after proving that the design does not breach patentability rules blocking protections over computer programs.

  • March 11, 2024

    Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Nuvei Unit Sues Pay Group Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    A Nuvei Group subsidiary has sued several payments companies and their bosses for allegedly failing to use the company's payments technology, despite signing a deal promising to do so in return for a website domain.

  • March 11, 2024

    EasyGroup Fights Tefal's Bid To Revoke Its 'Easy' TMs

    EasyGroup has hit back at Tefal's claim that its trademarks are invalid and therefore cannot be infringed in an ongoing battle over the French cookware maker's "Easy Fry" air fryers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Bacardi Loses EU Appeal Over Bartending App Name TM

    European officials have rejected a bid by Bacardi to register "Freepour," the name of an app for bartenders, after finding that a French telecommunications giant had already cornered the market for the word "Free."

  • March 11, 2024

    A Timeline Of The Unified Patent Court

    After a decade of setbacks and uncertainty, the "pie in the sky" goal of creating a centralized European patent court is now a reality. Law360 looks back here over the critical chapters in the story of the Unified Patent Court.

  • March 11, 2024

    United Airlines Slogan Lands Poorly With European IP Office

    The intellectual property office of the European Union has thrown out an attempt by United Airlines to register a trademark for its slogan "Good Leads The Way," after an appellate panel found that consumers would not automatically link the phrase with air travel.

  • March 11, 2024

    Reed Smith Guides Nanoco's £33M Buyback, After Litigation

    Nanoco said on Monday that it will repurchase shares worth £33 million ($42 million) from investors after the nanotechnology company won a $150 million windfall from a Texas patent infringement lawsuit against South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

  • March 08, 2024

    Shein Accused Of Filching Rivals' Protected Shoe Designs

    A shoe retailer and its parent are accusing Shein of infringing their copyrights and protected designs by selling 45 styles of footwear which are "substantial reproductions" of the companies' blueprints.

  • March 08, 2024

    EasyGroup Denies Volkswagen's IP Claims Over EV Charging Site

    EasyGroup Ltd. has disputed Volkswagen's claim that a website for electric-vehicle charging stations wrongly used a VW vehicle logo, among other issues, asserting that EasyGroup wasn't responsible for the site and had filed an "easyCharging" trademark in good faith.

  • March 08, 2024

    NFT Platform Beats Rival's 'HyperNFT' TM

    An NFT platform has convinced U.K. intellectual property officials to scrap a rival's trademark for "HyperNFT," finding that consumers were likely to believe that they belonged to the same company.

  • March 08, 2024

    Danish Soccer League Trims European Super League TMs

    Denmark's highest soccer league has successfully contested a trademark application from the European Super League in several classes after the European Union Intellectual Property Office ruled that it would take unfair advantage of the Nordic league's trademark's reputation.

  • March 08, 2024

    IP Law Needs Tinkering In The Metaverse, IPO Report Finds

    The rise of the metaverse will require IP laws in the U.K. to be redrawn and upgraded, according to a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    4 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Mark Owen

    Mark Owen had never heard of intellectual property law before he took his second seat at Clifford Chance LLP, where he realized that he loved everything about it. Here, Owen talks to Law360 about how he got into IP law, how he expects artificial intelligence to affect the practice and what cases he's watching.

  • March 07, 2024

    RTL Gets Subscription Management Patent Axed

    German media giant RTL has convinced European officials to nix a patent for managing usernames and passwords across multiple subscription services because the invention was obvious.

  • March 21, 2024

    Willkie Hires Privacy Partner From Weil

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has added a data protection and privacy specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP with an intellectual property background, as the firm looks to expand its European capabilities in the cybersecurity sphere.

  • March 07, 2024

    Panasonic Sues Xiaomi, Oppo, Over SEP Infringement

    Panasonic has accused the makers of Xiaomi and Oppo phones of infringing its patents related to 3G and 4G technology by selling products without taking on the "burden" of a license.

  • March 07, 2024

    Avoiding IP Pitfalls During 'Build To Buy' Deals In Biotech

    Pharmaceutical companies considering whether to enter into transactions to fund, guide and eventually buy biotech innovations must protect themselves by considering all possible scenarios that could lead to an intellectual property dispute before signing the deal, lawyers caution.

  • March 07, 2024

    Siemens Wins Anti-Lightning Wind Turbine IP Feud At EPO

    A Siemens unit can keep its patent over a wind turbine lightning protection system after proving that the design uses an inventive self-threading screw system to help manage electrical currents, a European appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 06, 2024

    Rihanna's Insta Posts Thwart Puma's Bid To Protect Shoe IP

    A European court ruled Wednesday that Puma missed its window to seek intellectual property protection for a shoe design after Rihanna disclosed the model to the public more than a year and a half earlier in her Instagram posts.

  • March 06, 2024

    Global Retailers Should Audit After Amazon TM Ruling In UK

    After the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Amazon.com Inc. infringed U.K. trademarks when it marketed knockoff goods on its U.S. storefront to British customers, lawyers warned that other e-commerce players should also review their international retail strategy.

  • March 06, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Fights To Ground Virgin's $160M Royalties Win

    Alaska Airlines Inc. urged an English appeals court on Wednesday to overturn a decision letting Virgin collect $160 million in royalties, arguing it shouldn't have to pay because it had stopped using the Virgin branding.

  • March 06, 2024

    Veuve Clicquot Loses Fight With Lidl Over Orange Square TM

    A European court on Wednesday blocked the Veuve Clicquot champagne brand from getting a trademark for a shade of orange, concluding that the LVMH unit hadn't proved the public associated the color with the brand throughout the whole bloc.

  • March 06, 2024

    Seoul Semiconductor Sues Amazon In Unified Patent Court

    Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has accused Amazon of infringing two of its LED lighting patents in Europe's newly-created Unified Patent Court, underscoring its hopes to use the court to attack several infringers at once.

Expert Analysis

  • An Overlooked Tool To Fight USPTO 'Restriction'

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    Over the last several years, we have seen the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office more commonly impose flimsy restrictions on patent applications under the "one invention per application" rule, and practitioners underutilize petition as a means to challenge them, say George Chaclas and Emily Ferriter Russo at Day Pitney.

  • Opinion

    AI-Generated Works Should Not Have Copyright Protection

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    The U.S. Copyright Office has correctly determined that works created solely by artificial intelligence do not qualify for protection, as granting exclusive rights to such works would be unwise for a number of reasons, says Thomas McNulty at Lando & Anastasi.

  • Examining The New UK Service Guidance For TM Proceedings

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    A new much-anticipated U.K. Intellectual Property Office practice notice affects situations where there is no valid U.K. address for service of documents in trademark and registered design proceedings, and will mean rights holders are on notice at an earlier stage of proceedings, with limited time in which to respond, says Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • A Look At M&S' Registered Design Claim Win Against Aldi

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    Adding to the long line of cases seeking to restrain Aldi's attempts to mimic market-leading products, Marks & Spencer's recent success in the U.K. High Court based on registered designs demonstrates that supermarket copycat products may no longer be able to sail so close to the wind, says Alex Borthwick at Powell Gilbert.

  • UK Teva Ruling Brings Patent Remedy Into Question

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    Arrow declarations have been considered an extremely effective tool for patent litigators, but following the recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Teva v. Novartis it appears that courts are looking to take a more conservative view, say David Holt and Tony Proctor at Potter Clarkson.

  • How CJEU Case Shifts TM Liability For Platforms Like Amazon

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    The EU Court of Justice's recent ruling on Amazon's liability for trademark infringement in relation to fake Christian Louboutin shoes advertised by third parties on its website may leave web platforms that sell third-party vendors' products alongside their own brands more vulnerable to infringement claims, say Louisa Chambers and Helen Reddish at Travers Smith.

  • Europe's New Unitary Patent System Will Affect IP Agreements

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    Marco Stief at Maiwald discusses key points in intellectual property agreements that legal practitioners will need to consider in Europe's soon-to-open centralized patent court, including regional exclusivity in different contracting member states.

  • EU Medicine Reboxing Ruling Gives Guidance To Pharma Cos.

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    The recent landmark decision of the Court of Justice of the EU in Novartis Pharma on repackaging medicines has provided pharma companies with a much-needed framework, with better protections for trademarks and clearer protocols for handling imported products, say Ulf Grundmann and Elisabeth Kohoutek at King & Spalding.

  • A Look Ahead At Key UK Intellectual Property Cases

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    Anticipated 2023 U.K. intellectual property decisions include robotics, artificial intelligence, and clean energy matters that have also been heard in the U.S., while other areas to watch include global fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory issues, as well as COVID-19 patent litigation, say Tom Oliver and Claire Robinson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Lessons That May Be Learned From The Demise Of Made.com

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    With Made.com going into administration, companies that may face similar challenges should take on board that the earlier adequate preemptive planning is considered, the more financial and legal options there will be to avoid last minute firefighting and to focus instead on strengthening the business, says Eleni Michaela at Faegre Drinker.

  • Teva Case Aims Europe's Pharma Crackdown At IP Loophole

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    The European Commission's recent allegations against Teva signal not only the EU competition watchdog's continued focus on intellectual property violations in the pharmaceutical sector but also its new enforcement interest in exclusionary disparagement, say Robert Bell and Malgorzata Janiec at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • Determining Whether To Opt Out Of New Unified Patent Court

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    The new United Patent Court, made up of judges from all European Union member states, will cover the new unitary patent and European patents unless the owner chooses to opt out during the transition period, so patent proprietors must consider whether to opt out for each patent family, say Steffen Steininger and Anna-Katharina Friese-Okoro at Hogan Lovells.

  • 10 Things To Know About The Coming EU Unified Patent Court

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    When the Unified Patent Court opens next year, it will represent a paradigm shift for adversarial patent proceedings in Europe, and practitioners should familiarize themselves now with this new, centralized litigation system, say Fabian Koenigbauer at Ice Miller and Thomas Kronberger at Grünecker.

  • 7 Key Takeaways For Litigating Willful Patent Infringement

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    Brian Nolan and Manuel Velez at Mayer Brown explore the impact of the Federal Circuit's 2021 SRI International v. Cisco Systems decision, and six other areas recent parties have focused on when litigating willful infringement in the latest case law.

  • Trademark Ruling Brings Clarity To Product Defect Liability

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    The recent Court of Justice of the EU ruling in Fennia v. Philips, its first concerning the trademark aspect of producer liability in Article 3(1) of Directive 85/374, brings greater clarity to the question of compensation in the event of a claim for defective products, say Radboud Ribbert and Thomas van Weeren at Greenberg Traurig.

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