Intellectual Property UK

  • April 05, 2024

    Edwards Gets EPO To Nix Abbott Unit's Heart Valve Patent

    Edwards Lifesciences has persuaded a European Patent Office appeals panel to block an Abbott unit's prosthetic heart valve patent application, after proving that the design was not new.

  • April 05, 2024

    Amazon Cloud Computing Patent Powered Down On Appeal

    Amazon has lost its fight to patent a method of pre-launching cloud computing services, with a European patent authority appeals board concluding that the invention did not take an inventive step beyond existing technology.

  • April 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC sued by former Georgian defense minister David Kezerashvili, Russian businessman Ildar Sharipov file a defamation claim against the publisher of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, MEX Group Worldwide sue Barclays and NatWest, and a climbing gear company hit retailer Next with a claim of copyright infringement. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 05, 2024

    Counterfeiters Flourish In Wake Of COVID, IP Body Says

    The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a global uptick in the trade of counterfeit goods, beginning with fake healthcare products but spreading to other areas of trade as virtually all shopping moved online, a new report found Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    3 Questions For Mishcon's David Rose And Jeremy Hertzog

    Clients look for many skills in intellectual property lawyers, but scientific expertise is not necessarily one of them, according to David Rose of Mishcon de Reya. Here, Rose and his colleague Jeremy Hertzog talk IP with Law360.

  • April 04, 2024

    Getty Says Stability AI Plays 'Active Role' In Making AI Images

    Stock images giant Getty Images has clapped back at the makers of the popular Stable Diffusion software in the companies' U.K. copyright dispute, saying Stability AI cannot claim that any potentially infringing image the generative AI model creates is due to the user's input alone.

  • April 04, 2024

    Henkel Loses Bid To Sweep Away Rival's Cleaning TM

    A Romanian cleaning product company has won its trademark appeal for its "Clinium" logo, after a European appellate board found that buyers would not conflate the sign with German rival Henkel's "Clin" trademark.

  • April 04, 2024

    Juul Can't Dodge UPC Vape Feud Over Rival's Admin Error

    Juul can't dash a challenge to five of its vaping patents even though its rival NJOY listed the wrong company in its initial papers, an appeals panel has said, giving the competing company the green light to tweak its claim.

  • April 04, 2024

    Velcro-Selling Co. Sues Rival Over Amazon Complaints

    A Northern Irish Velcro product distributor has accused a rival of spreading false rumors about its goods and putting the company in Amazon's bad books by returning several purchases and claiming they were "inauthentic."

  • April 04, 2024

    Gambling Biz Says Rival, Ex-Employees Copied Game Code

    An online gambling company has sued two former members of staff and its rival for allegedly plagiarizing copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products.

  • April 03, 2024

    Genmab Builds Oncology Portfolio With $1.8B Deal

    Danish biotechnology company Genmab announced Wednesday that it would acquire private cancer drugmaker ProfoundBio for $1.8 billion in cash, a move set to beef up Genmab's oncology portfolio and position the company as a competitor to other biotech companies that have made similar deals in the antibody drug conjugate space in recent months.

  • April 03, 2024

    Jacob & Co. Can't Get TM Over Name For Alcohol Venture

    High-end jeweler Jacob & Co. can't register a trademark of its name over spirits after European officials ruled that a German company selling "Jacobi"-branded spirits had already established a presence in the market.

  • April 03, 2024

    IP Firm Reddie & Grose Names New Chairman, Eyes Growth

    Intellectual property boutique Reddie & Grose LLP has appointed Steve Howe as its next chairman, one of a series of senior promotions the business has made as it continues its growth push in the U.K. and Europe.

  • April 03, 2024

    EUIPO Director Seeks Clarity On TM Rules, In An Office First

    The executive director of the European Union's Intellectual Property Office has for the first time asked the office's Grand Board to clarify parts of the bloc's trademark rules, seeking guidance on when an EU-wide application can be converted into national requests.

  • April 03, 2024

    Uber Loses Some European TM Protections For Its Name

    Ride-hailing giant Uber has failed to persuade the European Union that it should retain a suite of broad trademarks for its name, with the bloc's intellectual property body deciding to trim down protections for computer software and telecommunications.

  • April 03, 2024

    Valrhona's Bid For 3D Mold TM Melts At UKIPO

    Valrhona has failed to register a 3D oval-shaped trademark after the U.K. intellectual property office ruled that it was a common mold in the industry and consumers would not link the cocoa bean lookalike to the premium French chocolatier.

  • April 02, 2024

    L'Oreal Holds Off Competitor's Objections To Hair Dye Patent

    A Japanese cosmetics brand failed to foil a L'Oreal hair-dyeing patent after European officials ruled that the invention to even out color satisfied all requirements, even if it didn't specify minimum concentrations for certain ingredients.

  • April 02, 2024

    Molson Coors Blocks Stone Brewing TM In UK

    California's Stone Brewing Co. could not convince the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office to register a trademark for its own name, after drinks rival Molson Coors argued that it could be confused with existing trademarks it owns for the word "Stones."

  • April 02, 2024

    Shell-Exxon Joint Venture Fends Off Fuel Additive IP Attack

    An Exxon Mobil and Shell joint venture has successfully fought off attempts by competitors to invalidate its patent for a diesel fuel additive, with a European Patent Office appeals board ruling that the additive was inventive enough for protection.

  • April 02, 2024

    Blur Drummer Leads Competition Challenge Over Royalties

    The drummer for an English rock band is leading a legal challenge on behalf of songwriters, claiming that a society that collects royalties for artists has been unfairly distributing cash, according to details published by the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    ASOS Loses Appeal For Topshop TM In Europe

    Online retailer ASOS has lost a second bid for trademark protection over the fashion brand name Topshop, with the European intellectual property authority saying the name lacks any distinctive character and simply means "an excellent store."

  • March 28, 2024

    House Of Fraser Loses Bid To Broaden 'BIBA' EU Trademark

    House of Fraser can't broaden its "BIBA" trademark because consumers could confuse the sign with an earlier "BiBA" logo that appears on similar goods, a European Union appeals panel has ruled.

  • March 28, 2024

    British Biz Hits Back At Chinese Co. In LED Mask Design Fight

    A British businesswoman has hit back at a Chinese light-therapy device manufacturer's claim that she misused its designs for an LED mask and bib, telling a London court she was always the rightful owner of the designs.

  • March 28, 2024

    Questel Partners With AI Workflow Automation Software Maker

    Intellectual property software provider Questel has partnered with a workflow automation software maker to help IP lawyers automate more document-based tasks with artificial intelligence, according to statements from both companies.

  • March 28, 2024

    4 Questions For Bristows' Commercial IP Experts

    Bristows LLP intellectual property leaders Matthew Warren and Robert Burrows have seen much change in their decades of advising clients, but they say the pace has “increased significantly” in recent years. Here, they talk to Law360 about artificial intelligence, the latest developments in FRAND disputes and other trends in IP litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Examining EU's Drift Toward US-Style Employer Pact Scrutiny

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    As European Union competition authorities express enforcement interest in employment issues such as no-poach and wage-fixing agreements — which have been the subject of U.S. enforcement action for some time — companies may need to recalibrate their training and compliance programs accordingly, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • What SEP Holders Can Take Away From UK's Apple Ruling

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    A U.K. court's recent decision in the standard essential patent dispute between Apple and Optis Cellular Technology provides encouragement for SEP owners litigating their portfolios in the U.K. and reaffirms the country's place as a patentee-friendly jurisdiction, says Tess Waldron at Powell Gilbert.

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