Intellectual Property UK

  • April 12, 2024

    Split PTAB Panel Upholds QinetiQ Fracking Patent

    A British defense contractor successfully fought off a legal challenge surrounding its patent covering a fracking device, in a ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that was split three ways over the matter.

  • April 12, 2024

    CJEU Grand Chamber To Hear Patent Jurisdiction Referral

    The EU's highest court is set to hear arguments on whether a member state has authority to hear patent invalidity defenses for foreign patents, in a rare instance of a patent referral made to the court's 15-judge grand chamber.

  • April 12, 2024

    US-based MSD Broke Ban On Using 'Merck' In UK, Court Finds

    U.S.-based Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC's use of the "Merck" name on websites and social media breached the terms of a court order barring it from using the name in the U.K. to protect German drugmaker Merck KGaA's rights, a London court ruled Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    BAT Survives Vape Patent Attack Unsinged

    British American Tobacco defeated a challenge to one of its European vape patents, with officials ruling that it was innovative as previous inventions hadn't thought of obtaining pressure readings with a direct temperature sensor.

  • 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 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 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.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Amazon Ruling Spotlights TM Rights In International Sales

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    Highlighting the conflict between the territorial nature of trademark rights and the borderless nature of the internet, the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision — that Amazon's U.S. website could infringe EU and U.K. rights by targeting local buyers — offers guidance on navigating trademark rights in relation to online sales, say Emmy Hunt, Mark Kramer and Jordan Mitchell at Potter Clarkson.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Design Rights Can Build IP Protection, EU Lego Ruling Shows

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    The EU General Court's recent ruling in Delta Sport v. EU Intellectual Property Office — that Lego's registered community design for a building block was valid — helps clarify when technically dictated designs can enjoy IP protection, and demonstrates how companies can strategically use design rights to protect and enhance their market position, says Christoph Moeller at Mewburn Ellis.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Patent Plausibility Uncertainty Persists, EPO Petition Shows

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    While a recent petition for review at the European Patent Office — maintaining that the Board of Appeal misapplied the Enlarged Board of Appeal's order on whether a patent is "plausible" — highlights the continued uncertainty surrounding the plausibility concept, the outcome could provide useful guidance on the interpretation of orders, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • UMG-TikTok IP Rift Highlights Effective Rights Control Issues

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    Despite Universal Music Group's recent withdrawal of TikTok's licensing rights to its music catalog, the platform struggles to control uploads and reproductions of copyrighted material, highlighting the inherent tension between creative freedom and effective rights control in the age of social media, says Simon Goodbody at Bray & Krais.

  • Bribery Class Action Ruling May Revive Bifurcated Processes

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    The Court of Appeal's recent decision allowing the representative bribery action in Commission Recovery v. Marks & Clerk offers renewed hope for claimants to advance class claims using a bifurcated process amid its general absence as of late, say Jon Gale and Justin Browne at Ashurst.

  • Ocado Appeal Outcome Will Gauge UPC Transparency

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    As the sole Unified Patent Court case concerning third-party requests for court records, the forthcoming appeal decision in Ocado v. Autostore will hopefully set out a clear and consistent way to handle reasoned requests, as access to nonconfidential documents will surely lead to more efficient conduct of proceedings, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • Businesses Using AI Face Novel Privacy, Cybersecurity Risks

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    Rapid advancements in artificial intelligence are resulting in complex privacy and cybersecurity challenges for businesses, and with the forthcoming EU AI Act and enhancement of existing laws to ensure a high common level of security, key stakeholders should be empowered to manage associated risks, say lawyers at Goodwin.

  • Following The Road Map Toward Quantum Security

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    With the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent publication of a white paper on a quantum-secure financial sector, firms should begin to consider the quantum transition early — before the process is driven by regulatory obligations — with the goal of developing a cybersecurity architecture that is agile while also allowing for quantum security, say lawyers at Cleary.

  • AI Is Outpacing IP Law Frameworks

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    In Thaler v. Comptroller-General, the U.K. Supreme Court recently ruled that artificial intelligence can't be an inventor, but the discussion on the relationship between AI and intellectual property law is far from over, and it's clear that technology is developing faster than the legal framework, says Stephen Carter at The Intellectual Property Works.

  • New Reduced EPO Fees May Shift Applicant Demographics

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    The upcoming European Patent Office fee reduction scheme, aimed at helping smaller organizations access the patent system, is a positive step that could help shift the applicant demographic, which has typically been dominated by larger businesses, says Annabel Williams at Marks & Clerk.

  • Mitigating And Managing Risks Of AI Use In Private Equity

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    While generative artificial intelligence has the ability to transform private equity firms and their portfolio companies, its deployment brings inherent risks, including those presented by the forthcoming EU AI Act, requiring appropriate risk management strategies, processes and policies to be adopted, says Barry Fishley at Weil.

  • Aldi Design Infringement Case Highlights Assessment Issues

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    The forthcoming English Court of Appeal decision in Marks and Spencer v. Aldi, regarding the alleged infringement of design rights, could provide practitioners with new guidance, particularly in relation to the relevant date for assessment of infringement and the weight that should be attributed to certain design elements in making this assessment, say Rory Graham and Georgia Davis at RPC.

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