Intellectual Property UK

  • April 25, 2024

    Game Cheat Tools Don't Infringe Copyright, EU Advocate Says

    Third-party video game cheating software should not infringe game creators' copyright in the European Union if it only manipulates a gamer's input rather than the game's code itself, a legal adviser to the bloc's top court said Thursday amid Sony's dispute with a British gaming business.

  • April 25, 2024

    TM Applicants Must Prove Lost Reputation, EU Court Rules

    A European court said Wednesday that a trademark's reputation can be "progressively" lost over time, ruling that companies must prove another trademark's reputation has fully dwindled in order to register a similar mark in a dispute over an LVMH-owned perfume brand.

  • April 25, 2024

    Pharma R&D Biz Set To Exit London Market

    Pharmaceutical development specialist C4X Discovery Holdings PLC is set to delist from the London Stock Exchange on Friday, as it looks to go private to raise more funds amid concerns about the regulatory "burden" linked to its junior market.

  • April 25, 2024

    Jim Beam Loses TM Dispute Over 'Pinnacle' Name

    American distiller Jim Beam failed to block a trademark for "Pinnacle Gin" because a similarly branded vodka company it owns isn't on the market in the U.K.

  • April 25, 2024

    Wachtell Steers Perrigo In €275M Unit Sale To Pharma Biz

    Healthcare company Perrigo said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its pharmaceutical division for rare diseases to pharmaceutical company Esteve Healthcare SL for €275 million ($295 million) in a deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • April 25, 2024

    Zara's Reputation Not Enough To Block 'Zarzar' TM

    Zara's owner has lost its bid to stop a U.K. trademark for "Zarzar" after the U.K. Intellectual Property Office found that any link between the high-street fashion giant and a company offering modeling services would be "fleeting and tenuous."

  • April 25, 2024

    German Pharma Biz Blocks Italian Cosmetics TM

    A European court has overturned a decision that allowed Italian cosmetic dermatology brand Pherla Medical to register a trademark for its name, ruling that the logo was too similar to that of German pharmaceuticals company Verla-Pharm Arzneimittel.

  • April 25, 2024

    Hipgnosis Ditches Blackstone Bid For Concord's $1.5B Offer

    Hipgnosis Songs has accepted a revised offer from its U.S. competitor Concord Chorus to buy the music rights investor for $1.5 billion, ditching Blackstone's $1.2 billion offer just days after accepting the private equity giant's deal.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-Yukos Oil Shareholders To Auction Russian Vodka Brands

    The Benelux rights to trademarks for 18 Russian vodka brands, including Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya, will go to auction in June in the Netherlands, the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Co. said Wednesday as they sought to enforce arbitral awards now valued at $60 billion.

  • April 24, 2024

    Klarna Trims Down Basque Bank's European Logo TM

    Buy-now, pay-later giant Klarna has won its fight to restrict trademark registration for a Spanish bank's logo, blocking protection in a myriad of categories ranging from laundry detergent to musical instruments.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Geographic IP Rules Promoting Sustainability To Launch In May

    New rules for geographical indications covering agricultural products, wines and spirit drinks in the European Union will kick in on May 13, part of the bloc's plan to boost uptake of the niche intellectual property right.

  • April 24, 2024

    Labcorp Prevails Over Software Biz TM Challenge In EU

    Labcorp has cleared its path to a trademark over its name in the European Union after a court ruled Wednesday that a German software business can't halt the application based on its earlier "labcore" signs that it has not sufficiently used in recent years.

  • April 24, 2024

    Panasonic Denies 'Illegitimate Pressure' In 4G Patent Fight

    Panasonic told a London court Wednesday that a bid by rival Xiaomi to have the Japanese giant's litigation accusing it of infringing standard essential wireless patents in other European courts thrown out is "dead in the water," saying its overseas claims against the company are legitimate.

  • April 24, 2024

    Monster Energy Can't Get Descriptive 'Flavor Unleashed' TM

    Monster Energy's "Flavor Unleashed" logo is not distinctive enough for a European Union trademark because it simply describes the characteristics of the drinks it appears on, an intellectual property appeals panel in the bloc said Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Marine Tech Co. Fights MoD Unit's 'Inflated' $90M Claim

    A South Korean marine navigation business that misused a Ministry of Defence agency's data to make its own products has hit back at the agency's claim for as much as $90 million, alleging it includes jacked-up figures and miscalculations.

  • April 24, 2024

    IP Firm Can't Take Bid To Block Clients' Case To Top Court

    Britain's highest court has rejected a final attempt by Marks & Clerk LLP to block thousands of former clients from bringing a bribery class action over alleged secret commission payments, ruling that the law firm did not put forward any arguable legal challenges that justified an appeal.

  • April 23, 2024

    Advertising Biz Can't Avoid Liability For Billboard Tech IP

    A London appeals court ruled Tuesday that a sports advertising company's digital billboard displays did not analyze pixels in a different enough way to overturn a finding that it infringed a rival's patent for the moving displays.

  • April 23, 2024

    Biotech Gets Rival's DNA-Detection Patents Invalidated

    A London court nixed two DNA sequence detection patents Tuesday, ruling that information available before they were protected would have prompted skilled scientists to make the invention eventually.

  • April 23, 2024

    Novartis Wins TM Fight After Trade Services Linked To Retail

    Altamedics has lost a bid to register a trademark for its name after European officials ruled that buyers would think its products came from Novartis, which had already registered the "Alta" brand for similar pharmaceutical goods.

  • April 23, 2024

    Panasonic Accused Of 'Illegitimate Pressure' In Patent Fight

    Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi asked a London court on Tuesday to prevent Panasonic from suing it in overseas jurisdictions amid a patent dispute, arguing that its Japanese rival is using the threat of injunctions to put pressure on it to accept a licensing deal.

  • April 23, 2024

    Pfizer Says Moderna MRNA Patent Offers Nothing New

    Pfizer urged a London court on Tuesday to revoke one of Moderna's patents for the mRNA vaccine, kicking off the U.K. arm of the global litigation campaign over the central intellectual property behind the COVID-19 jabs.

  • April 22, 2024

    Pfizer, Moderna Set To Tee Off Over COVID-19 Vaccine Patents

    A London court is poised to consider Tuesday whether Pfizer infringed patents that Moderna initially pledged to not enforce, marking the first time a court has weighed in on the topic.

  • April 22, 2024

    Abbott Says Rival Can Make Diabetes Tech Without TM Shape

    An Abbott Laboratories unit is defending a 3D trademark it owns over its continuous glucose monitoring devices, arguing that it is the only company offering a device in that distinctive circular shape despite Sinocare Inc. and other rivals' arguments to the contrary.

  • April 22, 2024

    EUIPO Sets Out New Policies For TMs With Morality Woes

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office said Friday it has begun the three-month roll-out for new rules governing morality principles in trademark registration, marking the first time the EU has taken a harmonized approach to the subject.

  • April 22, 2024

    Sandoz Gets Jazz's Cancer Treatment Patent Nixed

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals has lost a patent for fat-based drug preparations to treat cancer after European officials ruled that it wasn't innovative.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • A Look At US Injunctive Relief Trends Amid UPC Chatter

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    While much remains to be seen regarding how the new EU Unified Patent Court will treat injunctive relief in practice, recent data shows that the U.S. framework may be turning in favor of injunction, despite a perception that it can be nearly impossible to obtain in the U.S., say Nirav Desai, Patrick Murray and Roberta Lam at Sterne Kessler.

  • Navigating Europe's New Game-Changing Unified Patent Court

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    Europe's recently opened Unified Patent Court has ushered in a new era in patent law focused on the power of provisional relief, and adapting to both broad protections and compressed timelines is essential for plaintiffs and defendants alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Copyright Trial Defense Tips From 'Thinking Out Loud' Case

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    The twofold defense strategy that earned Ed Sheeran his recent "Thinking Out Loud" copyright trial victory revealed the strength of a musician's testimony, the importance of a consistent narrative and the power of public policy arguments when combating infringement claims, say Jonathan Phillips and Latrice Burks at Larson.

  • Getty Case Will Be Pivotal For Generative AI Copyright Issues

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    The Getty v. Stability AI litigation in the U.K. and U.S. raises legal ambiguities on who owns generative artificial intelligence output, and the outcomes will set a major precedent on copyright practices for businesses in both countries and beyond, say Victoria Albrecht at Springbok AI and Mark O'Conor at DLA Piper.

  • Global M&A Outlook: Slow But Moving Along

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    Global merger and acquisition markets had a tough start to the year, with inflation, rising interest rates and the Ukraine conflict knocking sentiment, but in the macroeconomic, deal makers have continued to unearth pockets of activity to keep deal volumes ticking over, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • Emmentaler Case Elucidates Recipe For EU Food Trademarks

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    In light of the EU General Court recently rejecting the Emmentaler cheese trademark application for lacking distinctive character and not meeting the geographical indication requirements, producers must ensure to protect their trade names before they become commercially generic, says Lars Karnoe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Unified Patent Court Advantages Leave US Trailing Behind

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    Amplifying the shortcomings of litigation in the U.S., including inter partes reviews that significantly threaten the validity of patents, the recently launched Unified Patent Court regime will put further pressure on American legislators and add to Europe's attractiveness as a litigation venue, say lawyers at Sisvel and Franzosi Dal Negro.

  • The Path Forward For Blockchain Patents In The UK And EU

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    The U.K. Intellectual Property Office's recent refusal of an IGT patent application highlights that certain blockchain innovations, including those relating to improved security, are more likely to be patentable than others, which is consistent with the overall European approach and available data, says Andrew Rudhall at Haseltine Lake.

  • USPTO's Speed On Some China Patents Bears A Closer Look

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    While all U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expedited programs are meant to be examined in the same manner, a survey of Patent Prosecution Highway actions indicates some examination processes may favor applications originating in China, says Julie Burke at IP Quality Pro.

  • French And UK Patent Litigation Will Likely Influence The UPC

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    The newly opened Unified Patent Court represents a seismic, yet untested, change to how patent litigation is conducted within Europe, and the practices of French and U.K. courts may play a role in its development, including on issues such as saisies and document production, say lawyers at Gowling.

  • AI-Fueled Innovation Poses Patentability Challenges

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    Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP explores questions about standards for inventorship, nonobviousness and disclosure as patent practitioners, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the courts grapple with rapid innovation in AI technology.

  • Benefits Of Unified Patent Court Compared To Local Litigation

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    Recently opened for business, the Unified Patent Court offers a faster, cheaper and more streamlined solution to handle patent disputes compared to EU countries and the U.S., and could become the most important forum for patent litigation in Europe, if not worldwide, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • Global Issues In EU's Licensing Plans For Essential Patents

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    Consultants at Analysis Group explore questions surrounding the recently announced EU licensing framework for standard-essential patents, and how the European Commission's goals may influence discussions of issues like procedure, efficiency and transparency in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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