Intellectual Property UK

  • March 13, 2024

    EU Parliament Overwhelmingly Passes Landmark AI Law

    European Union lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence law, in a bid to help facilitate innovation while safeguarding the bloc's fundamental rights.

  • March 12, 2024

    Rihanna Instagram Ruling A Warning Shot For Brand Collabs

    Puma's delay in securing design rights for one of its shoes after then-creative director Rihanna posted images showing off the sneakers poses a warning for brands to consider intellectual property protections prior to striking a deal with famous collaborators.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ericsson Fights To Fend Off Lenovo FRAND Battle In UK

    Ericsson asked a London court on Tuesday to reject Lenovo's request for fair rates for the use of each other's patents to be set in the U.K., arguing that the Chinese tech giant was forum shopping to disturb ongoing proceedings in the U.S.

  • March 12, 2024

    Volvo Hits The Brakes On Polish Car Co.'s 'Vosco' TM

    Volvo has persuaded European intellectual property officials to reject a bid by a Polish car manufacturer to get trademark protection for "Vosco Automotive" because it would exploit the Swedish auto giant's renown.

  • March 12, 2024

    'Clearer Than Ever' That Wright Is Not Satoshi, Developers Say

    Lawyers for developers seeking to prove that Craig Wright is not the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin told the High Court that it is "clearer than ever" that the Australian computer scientist is not Satoshi Nakamoto in closing arguments on Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Tequila Regulator Wins Appeal Over 'Genquila' Wine TM

    The industry regulator for tequila has convinced European officials to nix a trademark for "Dutch Genquila" that had been granted for wine products, after demonstrating that buyers would still think of the Mexican spirits.

  • March 12, 2024

    Motorbike Apparel Biz Sues Retailers For Design Infringement

    A motorcycle clothing company has sued several retailers for £50,000 ($63,800) in a London court for allegedly infringing its design rights over multiple protective apparel styles.

  • March 12, 2024

    Motorola Keeps Dual-Screen Phone Patent Hopes Alive

    Motorola has persuaded U.K. patent officials to move forward with its dual-screen smartphone patent bid after proving that the design does not breach patentability rules blocking protections over computer programs.

  • March 11, 2024

    Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Nuvei Unit Sues Pay Group Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    A Nuvei Group subsidiary has sued several payments companies and their bosses for allegedly failing to use the company's payments technology, despite signing a deal promising to do so in return for a website domain.

  • March 11, 2024

    EasyGroup Fights Tefal's Bid To Revoke Its 'Easy' TMs

    EasyGroup has hit back at Tefal's claim that its trademarks are invalid and therefore cannot be infringed in an ongoing battle over the French cookware maker's "Easy Fry" air fryers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Bacardi Loses EU Appeal Over Bartending App Name TM

    European officials have rejected a bid by Bacardi to register "Freepour," the name of an app for bartenders, after finding that a French telecommunications giant had already cornered the market for the word "Free."

  • March 11, 2024

    A Timeline Of The Unified Patent Court

    After a decade of setbacks and uncertainty, the "pie in the sky" goal of creating a centralized European patent court is now a reality. Law360 looks back here over the critical chapters in the story of the Unified Patent Court.

  • March 11, 2024

    United Airlines Slogan Lands Poorly With European IP Office

    The intellectual property office of the European Union has thrown out an attempt by United Airlines to register a trademark for its slogan "Good Leads The Way," after an appellate panel found that consumers would not automatically link the phrase with air travel.

  • March 11, 2024

    Reed Smith Guides Nanoco's £33M Buyback, After Litigation

    Nanoco said on Monday that it will repurchase shares worth £33 million ($42 million) from investors after the nanotechnology company won a $150 million windfall from a Texas patent infringement lawsuit against South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

  • March 08, 2024

    Shein Accused Of Filching Rivals' Protected Shoe Designs

    A shoe retailer and its parent are accusing Shein of infringing their copyrights and protected designs by selling 45 styles of footwear which are "substantial reproductions" of the companies' blueprints.

  • March 08, 2024

    EasyGroup Denies Volkswagen's IP Claims Over EV Charging Site

    EasyGroup Ltd. has disputed Volkswagen's claim that a website for electric-vehicle charging stations wrongly used a VW vehicle logo, among other issues, asserting that EasyGroup wasn't responsible for the site and had filed an "easyCharging" trademark in good faith.

  • March 08, 2024

    NFT Platform Beats Rival's 'HyperNFT' TM

    An NFT platform has convinced U.K. intellectual property officials to scrap a rival's trademark for "HyperNFT," finding that consumers were likely to believe that they belonged to the same company.

  • March 08, 2024

    Danish Soccer League Trims European Super League TMs

    Denmark's highest soccer league has successfully contested a trademark application from the European Super League in several classes after the European Union Intellectual Property Office ruled that it would take unfair advantage of the Nordic league's trademark's reputation.

  • March 08, 2024

    IP Law Needs Tinkering In The Metaverse, IPO Report Finds

    The rise of the metaverse will require IP laws in the U.K. to be redrawn and upgraded, according to a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    4 Questions For Taylor Wessing's Mark Owen

    Mark Owen had never heard of intellectual property law before he took his second seat at Clifford Chance LLP, where he realized that he loved everything about it. Here, Owen talks to Law360 about how he got into IP law, how he expects artificial intelligence to affect the practice and what cases he's watching.

  • March 07, 2024

    RTL Gets Subscription Management Patent Axed

    German media giant RTL has convinced European officials to nix a patent for managing usernames and passwords across multiple subscription services because the invention was obvious.

  • March 21, 2024

    Willkie Hires Privacy Partner From Weil

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has added a data protection and privacy specialist from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP with an intellectual property background, as the firm looks to expand its European capabilities in the cybersecurity sphere.

  • March 07, 2024

    Panasonic Sues Xiaomi, Oppo, Over SEP Infringement

    Panasonic has accused the makers of Xiaomi and Oppo phones of infringing its patents related to 3G and 4G technology by selling products without taking on the "burden" of a license.

Expert Analysis

  • Appointments Shape EU Unified Patent Court Before Launch

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    A series of judiciary appointments at the EU Unified Patent Court help put the court on track for its April opening, while also reflecting a patent-friendly enforcement system, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • 5 Considerations In Preparing For EU's New Patent System

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    With the upcoming implementation of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court, Europe gets closer to its long-term goal of one EU patent that can be enforced in one court, and non-EU patent owners and applicants will have strategic decisions to make, say Fabian Koenigbauer at Ice Miller and Thomas Kronberger at Grünecker.

  • Reexamining Negative Limitations After Novartis Patent Ruling

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    The Federal Circuit's decision and denial of rehearing in Novartis v. Accord has created exacting standards that must be met in order for negative limitations in patent claims to satisfy the written description requirement, but whether the dissent is correct that the majority opinion heightened the standard is an arguable point, say Jonathan Fitzgerald and Jaime Choi at Snell & Wilmer.

  • UK Courts' 3rd-Party Disclosure Rule Sets Global Precedent

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    The quiet change about to take place in the English Civil Procedure Rules, enabling U.K. courts to require pre-action disclosure of information from overseas third parties, is uncharted territory and will have profound implications for any organization that handles assets on behalf of a party, says Simon Bushell at Seladore Legal.

  • Zara TM Ruling Shows Prefiling Clearance Is Always Advisable

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    The recent Trade Mark Tribunal decision regarding Zara and House of Zana demonstrates the importance of conducting prefiling clearance investigations, so that where opposition may be anticipated, a strategy can be put in place, says Melanie Harvey at Birketts.

  • Dutch Merger May Promote Behavioral Remedies Across EU

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    A Dutch tribunal's recent clearing of the Sanoma-Iddink deal might further encourage merging parties in the EU to offer — and government agencies to accept — behavioral remedies, which was rarer when more emphasis was put on divestments, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Will UK Address AI Patent Infringement?

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    As artificial intelligence-related patent litigation activity inevitably approaches, a review of U.K. principles of direct and indirect liability offers insight into how courts may address questions involving cloud-based technology and arguments related to training AI models, say Alexander Korenberg at Kilburn & Strode and Toby Bond at Bird & Bird.

  • Law Commission's 'Data Objects' Proposal Is Far-Reaching

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    The Law Commission’s proposals to recognize data objects as a new category of personal property would bring fundamental changes were they to be implemented, and would have significant ramifications for finance litigation, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • UK Rulings Give Chinese Courts Wide Powers In IP Disputes

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    The recent rulings in Nokia v. Oppo and Philips v. Oppo open the door for Chinese courts to adjudicate worldwide rate-setting terms for standard-essential patents, and in so doing present a timely wake-up call as to China's influence, say F. Scott Kieff at George Washington University Law School and Thomas Grant at the University of Cambridge.

  • Swatch V. Samsung Offers IP Warning To Platform Operators

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    The recent U.K. High Court decision of Swatch v. Samsung demonstrates that while platform operators may wish to exercise greater control over the apps distributed on their platforms, this carries with it a corresponding duty to apply due diligence to protect the intellectual property rights of third parties, say Alex Borthwick and William Hillson at Powell Gilbert.

  • Opinion

    The USPTO Should Give Ukraine Even More Help

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark office should take three direct steps to help confer upon Ukraine's patent office the same benefits it previously granted to Russia's Rospatent, in addition to the sanctions the USPTO has already conferred in response to the attack on Ukraine, say David Kappos at Cravath, Teresa Summers at Summers Law Group and Andrew Baluch at Smith Baluch.

  • International Law May Protect Foreign Investors In Russia

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    Investment treaties that allow eligible foreign investors to bring claims for compensation by way of international arbitration may offer a better, or the only, avenue to recover losses for assets that have been seized by Russia, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • 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.

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