Intellectual Property UK

  • March 25, 2024

    Slushie Maker Hits Back At Britvic Over Ice Blast TM

    A slushie machine business has hit back at Britvic over the soft drink giant's allegations that it has copied the "Tango Ice Blast" branding on its frozen drink dispensers.

  • March 25, 2024

    Schuh, Simmi Want To Give Naked Wolfe Designs The Boot

    Two U.K. shoe retailers have accused the owner of the Naked Wolfe brand of bringing meritless intellectual property claims against them, because its shoe designs weren't original enough to deserve protection in the first place.

  • March 25, 2024

    Virgin Seeks Full $200M In Train Brand Feud After $115M Win

    Virgin Enterprises Ltd. has sued Brightline Holdings LLC for the full $200 million exit fee for backing out of its train brand licensing deal after already winning $115 million, arguing in documents made public on Monday that it's owed a boosted exit fee because of a change in control of the U.S. rail operator.

  • March 22, 2024

    Financial Analyst Org. Prevails In Clash Over 'CEFA' TM

    The European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies won its latest bid to register a trademark for "CEFA Certified European Financial Analyst" after a European court ruled that earlier examiners didn't consider key evidence.

  • March 22, 2024

    US Manufacturer Partially Wins Appeal For 'Presto-Tap' TM

    Engineered Controls International LLC can register the trademark "Presto-Tap" over most of the services it had applied for, the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office has concluded, ruling that a French company's "Presto" sign was stamped on very different products.

  • March 22, 2024

    Top Dutch Court Blocks Russia's Last Bid For Vodka TMs

    Former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders said Friday that the Netherlands' top court has thrown out Russia's final bid to stop their seizure of over a dozen renowned Russian vodka trademarks in an effort to enforce $50 billion in arbitral awards.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    Osborne Clarke's Arty Rajendra On The Future Of FRAND

    Arty Rajendra of Osborne Clarke LLP was instrumental in securing a win in one of the most influential patent cases in recent memory — the U.K. Supreme Court ruling that English courts can set global licensing rates for patents deemed essential to European telecoms standards.

  • March 22, 2024

    Nokia Unit Doubles Down On Amazon IP Infringement Claim

    A Nokia subsidiary has reaffirmed its claim that Amazon infringed its patents with a "household sharing" feature on its Prime Video service, telling a London court that the company is not entitled to a license over its patent portfolio.

  • March 21, 2024

    Plant-Based Meat Biz Cooks Rival In 'Meat Zero' EU TM Feud

    A Thai food company has fought off a rival's challenge to its "Meat Zero" trademark bid, with a European Union appeals panel saying in a newly public decision that there is not enough chance of confusion with a competitor's "ZeroMeat" sign.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banksy Co. Calls Instagram Post True In £1.3M Libel Case

    The company that manages anonymous street artist Banksy has defended a £1.35 million ($1.7 million) claim that he posted a defamatory Instagram post about a licensing company using his artwork on clothing without his permission, saying it was substantially true.

  • March 21, 2024

    Famed Retailer's 1930s TM Can't Stop Modern Registration

    A Slovak clothing brand has fended off attacks from the grandchildren of a famed Czechoslovakian retailer from the 1930s after a European court ruled that past prestige could not prevent the name Nehera from being registered seven decades later.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lenovo Can't Get Interim FRAND Rate For InterDigital SEPs

    Lenovo on Thursday failed to convince a London court to rule that an interim license for a suite of InterDigital telecommunications patents was fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory in the latest chapter in the two companies' global dispute over standard-essential patents.

  • March 21, 2024

    Skechers Loses 'Hands Free Fit' TM Due To Descriptive Nature

    American sneaker giant Skechers has lost a second bid for trademark protection over its "hands free fit" shoes, with the European patent authority ruling that the brand's logo is merely a description of, or an advertisement for, a feature of the product and therefore not distinguishable.

  • March 20, 2024

    Spanish Investment Co. Beats Slovak TM Opposition In EU

    A Spanish investment company has won an appeal to revive its trademark application, as European officials ruled that buyers of financial services paid a "high degree of attention" and wouldn't think that the sign was linked to a Slovak company.

  • March 20, 2024

    Digital Comms Filings Bolster Record EPO Applications

    Companies and inventors filed the highest number of European patent applications to date in 2023, buoyed by marked increases in filings for digital communications and energy technologies.

  • March 20, 2024

    EU Commission Builds 'Toolkit' To Fight Counterfeiting

    The European Commission has adopted new measures to crack down on counterfeiting aimed at strengthening intellectual property rights by increasing the sanctions for criminal offenses while also designating a single contact point for enforcement issues. 

  • March 20, 2024

    Boehringer Wins Diabetes Treatment Patent On Appeal In EU

    Boehringer Ingelheim saved its diabetes drug patent from the chopping block after a European appellate board ruled that the treatment for patients with moderately damaged kidneys was new and innovative despite eight oppositions.

  • March 20, 2024

    EU's AI Act Disclosure Rules Could Spark Further Litigation

    The European Union's new artificial intelligence law included some welcome guardrails to protect intellectual property rights. But lawyers say it remains to be seen whether these new rules will bridge the gap between concerned rights holders and AI pioneers.

  • March 20, 2024

    Wise Hits Back At Bad Faith TM Allegations From Tech Rival

    Payments firm Wise has hit back at a counterclaim from software company WithWise, urging the High Court to reject WithWise's claim that Wise's trademark is invalid because it is overbroad and being used as a legal weapon.

  • March 20, 2024

    Google Fined €250M By France For Media Copyright Breaches

    France's competition regulator said Wednesday that it has hit Google with a €250 million ($271 million) fine for using content from news agencies without alerting them or payment.

  • March 19, 2024

    Crowell & Moring Hires Allen & Overy IP Litigator In Brussels

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a new partner to its Brussels office, strengthening its European intellectual property practice as clients increasingly seek advice to navigate rapidly changing liability regulations.

  • March 19, 2024

    Insurance Tech Biz Can't Get Policy Tracker Patent In UK

    An insurance tech firm can't get a patent over its automated policy tracker software in the U.K. because computer programs and business methods are not patentable, intellectual property officials said Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    New UK Gov't Program Will Promote IP-Backed Lending

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it will launch a program to drive banks toward more lending to businesses with intellectual property that can use their patents and trademarks as collateral.

  • March 19, 2024

    Danish Medical Tech Biz Can't Dash Rival's Catheter Patent

    A medical device company can keep an amended version of its catheter insertion patent after fending off Coloplast AS' claims that the device is not inventive, a European Patent Office appeals panel has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • The Rise Of Patent Wars In Europe's Gene Therapy Space

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    Drug companies can prepare for increasing competition and a rise in contentious patent proceedings in Europe’s gene therapy industry by aligning patents, orphan designations and data exclusivity where possible, say Jane Hollywood and Frances Denney of CMS Legal.

  • Self-Driving Vehicles' Neural Networks Present IP Conundrum

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    While autonomous vehicles' use of artificial intelligence through neural networks is highly innovative, the position of these networks within intellectual property has yet to be cemented, and a debate is ongoing as to whether they are best protected by patent, database rights or copyright, say Rajvinder Jagdev and Lin Liu of Powell Gilbert.

  • Failure To Launch: The Patent Thicket Delay Of US Biosimilars

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    Almost 10 years after enactment of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, AbbVie’s assertion of 18 patents against three Humira biosimilars shows that patent thickets remain an obstacle to launching follow-on biologics and help explain why U.S. launches lag behind those in Europe, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Huawei Case Might Mean UK Forum Sets Global FRAND Rates

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    The U.K. Supreme Court’s eventual opinion in Unwired Planet v. Huawei will decide whether English courts are a proper forum for determining global fair license terms for standard-essential patents, and there are several reasons to question the English courts' creation of this approach, says Thomas Cotter of the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Must Inventors Be Humans? An Active Debate Over AI Patents

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    With the first international patents naming artificially intelligent algorithms as inventors filed this summer, and with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s query into whether inventorship laws and regulations need revising, the debate over AI is testing the boundaries of patent laws in the U.S. and elsewhere, says Christian Mammen of Womble Bond.

  • Henry Schein Case Illuminates Maze Of Arbitrability Questions

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s Henry Schein decision strengthens the enforceability of arbitration provisions, the Fifth Circuit’s ruling on remand concerning arbitrability authority, exemplifies a need for careful drafting of arbitration clauses, say Andrew Behrman and Brandt Thomas Roessler at Baker Botts.

  • Using Global Dossier To Simplify USPTO Disclosure Duty

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can make compliance with its duty of disclosure less burdensome by allowing applicants to submit a list of patent families that are believed to have material information and defining electronically available records broadly to include the Global Dossier, whose use the USPTO recently encouraged, says Brian Dorini of InterDigital CE Holdings.

  • The Unique Challenges Of Owning International Cannabis IP

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    Due to the cost of prosecuting patents and the uncertainty in obtaining and enforcing cannabis patents in foreign jurisdictions, building a global cannabis patent portfolio presents complex strategic questions, says Jayashree Mitra of Zuber Lawler.

  • IP Protection Still Elusive For Data Compilations In US And EU

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    As businesses continue to increase investment into artificial intelligence systems, questions arise as to whether they can own or legally protect data compiled by those systems. Currently, in the U.S. and EU, obtaining copyright protection for databases is difficult and trade secret protection requires policies and procedures to establish rights, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • Perspectives

    Artisanal Miners' Roadblocks To Justice: Is A Path Clearing?

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    Efforts to give small-scale gold miners, who face displacement, pollution and violence at sites around the world, access to fair and functioning justice systems have met with apathy from politicians and fierce resistance from powerful business lobbies, but there are signs that this may be changing, says Mark Pieth, president of the Basel Institute on Governance.

  • How PTAB Is Applying New Patent Eligibility Guidance

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    Since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released its revised patent eligibility guidance in January, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been reversing Section 101 rejections at a higher rate, say Nick Anderson and Braden Katterheinrich of Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Keys To Successful AI Patents In The US And Europe

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    Unsurprisingly, the World Intellectual Property Organization recently reported that patent filings for artificial intelligence inventions are increasing rapidly. Stakeholders should be mindful of maintaining quality during this filing surge, says Drew Schulte of Haley Guiliano LLP.

  • 9 Ways To Prepare Your IP Rights For Brexit

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    Those with a European intellectual property portfolio should be considering how Brexit — scheduled for March 29 — will affect EU trademarks and registered community designs, says Paula Jill Krasny of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • 'Biosimilar V. Biosimilar' Patent Case May Be First Of Many

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    ​While the idea of patent disputes between makers of follow-on drugs is nothing new​, the complaint recently filed by Coherus against Amgen in Delaware federal court is unique in that it pits one biosimilar developer against another, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • UK Patent Law: Hot Topics Of 2018 And What's Ahead

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    English courts have been active in the past year, grappling with patent topics like plausibility and equivalents, and 2019 promises to be another exciting year as English patent lawyers await developments on obviousness, insufficiency and employee inventor compensation, says Jin Ooi of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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