Intellectual Property UK

  • June 05, 2024

    McDonald's Loses 'Big Mac' TM Rights Over Poultry In EU

    A European Union court on Wednesday stripped McDonald's of its right to use the "Big Mac" trademark on chicken sandwiches in the bloc, ruling that the fast food giant had failed to put the sign to proper use on poultry products in recent years.

  • June 05, 2024

    Enterprise Can't Drive 'Commute' TM Into EU Market

    Vehicle rental company Enterprise cannot register its "Commute With Enterprise" trademark in the European Union because consumers could confuse the sign with a transportation tech company's "Qommute" sign, a court in the bloc ruled Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Hair Care Brand's 'Wow' TM Challenge Backfires At UKIPO

    Premium hair care brand Color Wow has failed to convince U.K. intellectual property officials to block a budget clothes retailer's "Wow London" trademark, losing out on its own "Wow" trademark in the process.

  • June 04, 2024

    Illumina Board Puts Grail Spinoff In Motion After EU OK

    Illumina Inc. said Tuesday that its board had approved a spinoff of its cancer detection company following a push by activist heavyweight Carl Icahn and an ultimate order from European authorities to dispose of the asset. 

  • June 04, 2024

    Tosho Corp. Ceramics Appeal Doesn't Crack Under Pressure

    A European appellate patent board has overturned a lower board's decision that a patent for a variety of ceramic did not meet patent requirements, sending the decision back down to be reconsidered after ruling that its patentability has not been determined.

  • June 04, 2024

    Electronics Maker Loses Second Bid For 'Tartan' TM

    A major Taiwanese electronics manufacturer has lost a second appeal to register a trademark for "Tartan," after European officials ruled that buyers might think it was linked to the Ogilvy ad agency.

  • June 04, 2024

    Payments Biz Can't Revive Anti-Fraud Tech Patent On Appeal

    A payments compliance company cannot restore its patent over software designed to limit fraud in call centers because the idea is obvious in light of two earlier U.S. patents covering similar technology, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • June 04, 2024

    AstraZeneca Unit Hits Back At Samsung In Soliris Patent Duel

    Alexion has struck back at Samsung Bioepis as the pair continue their Soliris patent quarrel, and has told a court that its formula for a drug that treats rare blood diseases is inventive and deserving of protection.

  • June 03, 2024

    Heidelberg, Holcim Block Rival's Cement Patent Appeal

    A Danish cement company has lost its bid to save a patent for a method of making the building material, with an appeal board of a European patent authority concluding that the business had wrongly tried to amend the patent.

  • June 03, 2024

    Harley-Davidson Accuses Next Of Selling Logo Knockoff T-Shirts

    Harley-Davidson has accused clothing retailer Next of copying its iconic flame logo to sell T-shirts, creating "unwanted associations" that would harm the motorcycle brand's reputation.

  • June 03, 2024

    Patent Licensing Biz Launches Pool For Battery-Makers

    A new Hungarian patent licensing business said Thursday that it has launched a pool that will give battery manufacturers the rights to more than 5,000 LG Energy and Panasonic patents for technology used to make lithium-ion batteries.

  • June 03, 2024

    C&A Can't Block Rival's 'Her & There' TM

    C&A failed to fully block a rival clothing brand's trademark for "Her & There," after European officials ruled that the multinational retailer's prior signs looked similar but covered different types of goods.

  • June 03, 2024

    German Courts Dominate Claims In UPC's 1st Year

    Infringement actions filed at German divisions have made up the great majority of cases filed at the Unified Patent Court since it opened its doors in June 2023, statistics show, as the court celebrates its first anniversary.

  • June 03, 2024

    Virtual Reality Therapy Patent Tossed In EPO Appeal

    A European Patent Office appeals body has rejected an appeal by a company treating chronic pain conditions with virtual reality against the refusal of its patent, after officials found its therapy was essentially a reinvention of other treatments.

  • May 31, 2024

    Toy Co. Wins Fight Against Rival's 'Petit Boum' TM Bid

    A Belgian toy company has blocked a Spanish competitor from registering its "Petit Boum" trademark, with a European Union intellectual property authority appeals board concluding that the mark is too similar to one of the Belgian business' existing logos.

  • May 31, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen financier Crispin Odey file a defamation claim against the Financial Times, Ford hit with the latest "Dieselgate" claim and a human rights activist bring a privacy claim against Saudi Arabia. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 31, 2024

    Teva Can't Nix Glaxo's Asthma Patent In EPO Appeal

    Teva's U.K. business has failed to convince an appeals board at the European Patent Office to upend a decision that a Glaxo Group patent for a drug combination used to treat asthma involved an inventive step.

  • May 31, 2024

    Future Bright For UPC If 'Urgent' Tech Problems Solved

    A year after the Unified Patent Court opened its doors, the court looks to be living up to its promise as a premier venue for global patent litigation, but lawyers say that technical glitches behind the scenes must be remedied urgently if it is to excel.

  • May 31, 2024

    Adhesive Biz Comes Unstuck In Bid To Block 'Monta' EU TM

    A packaging company has fought off an adhesive producer's attempt to dash its "Monta" European Union trademark hopes, convincing an appeals panel that consumers would not confuse the sign with its opponent's earlier "Montack" sign.

  • May 31, 2024

    US Medical Products Maker Loses Slogan TM Challenge

    A U.S. medical products company has lost its appeal for trademark protection for its slogan "Think. Make. Protect." after European officials ruled that the sign implies that it gave "thorough consideration" to its products when they were manufactured.

  • May 30, 2024

    EU Court Buries Bid To Nix Plant Nursery's Succulent Variety

    A European court ruled Wednesday that a Belgian plant nursery can register a new type of succulent, upholding an earlier decision by the bloc's plant intellectual property rights body to refuse a Dutch company's challenge to the plant.

  • May 30, 2024

    Nike Scores Partial Win In Adidas '3 Stripes' Appeal

    Nike successfully challenged a German regional court's ruling preventing it from using a stripe pattern on five of its trouser designs, in the latest round of its stripe-centric trademark dispute with Adidas.

  • May 30, 2024

    Xiaomi Hit With FRAND Litigation In Paris

    A patent holding company has accused Xiaomi in a French court of unlawfully using its tech patents for "nearly all" of 4G-enabled devices, just a week after suing the phone giant in India.

  • May 30, 2024

    UPC Names Pinsent Masons Atty As New Appeals Judge

    The Unified Patent Court said Thursday it has appointed a new judge to its Court of Appeal in Luxembourg after one of its legally qualified members stepped down.

  • May 30, 2024

    3M Nixes Teva Inhaler Patent On Appeal At EPO

    3M Innovative Properties Co. has convinced European officials to ax a patent owned by Israeli generic-drug maker Teva for an inhaler that relieves pulmonary disease symptoms, arguing that other scientists would have eventually figured out its special formula.

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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