Intellectual Property UK

  • February 28, 2024

    Locksmith Sued For Cutting Copy Of Patented Key

    An Austrian security business has sued a London locksmith for allegedly infringing its patent by cutting copies of a key that used a protected locking design.

  • February 28, 2024

    Puma Can't Claw Back Baking Co.'s Jumping Feline TM

    Puma failed to stop a French baking company from registering a trademark of a bounding feline with the words "Bertrand Puma," after a European court ruled that baking tools were leaps away from the athletic company's products.

  • February 28, 2024

    UK Contributes Second-Largest Number Of Reps To UPC

    The U.K. has pulled out of Europe's unified patent jurisdiction, but that hasn't stopped British practitioners from becoming the second-biggest national contingent authorized to represent clients before Unified Patents Court. Experts have told Law360 that they are betting on English becoming its lingua franca.

  • February 28, 2024

    Microchip Power Efficiency Patent Gets Green Light At EPO

    An electrical components specialist has won a European patent over its microchip power efficiency technology, convincing an appeals panel that examiners did not have good enough reasoning to conclude that the design lacked an inventive step.

  • February 27, 2024

    PTAB Takes Up Challenge To Dyson Hair Dryer Patent

    An administrative patent board has decided to look into a petition from a Massachusetts home appliance brand that makes the case that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should never have issued a patent to Dyson covering a kind of hair dryer.

  • February 27, 2024

    Construction Biz Loses Challenge To Wall Tech IP Ownership

    A construction company lost its appeal Tuesday in its latest bid to assert intellectual property rights over a wall paneling system, with the judges saying the true owner of the patent is a now-bankrupt executive.

  • February 27, 2024

    Aldi Loses Appeal In M&S Gin Bottle Design Spat

    Aldi lost its appeal Tuesday that challenged a ruling that it copied the design of a line of Marks & Spencer light-up gin bottles after an appeals court rejected its arguments that a grace period should factor into the calculations.

  • February 27, 2024

    Gowling Launches AI Tool To Fight Online Infringement

    Gowling WLG on Tuesday launched an AI-powered service to protect brands against various forms of online infringement, allowing users to request the filing of takedown notices "at the click of a button."

  • February 27, 2024

    Moderna COVID Patent Case To Set Tone For Future Litigation

    A legal battle between rival developers of COVID-19 jabs over the technology underlying the vaccine could set the tone for future litigation, with intellectual property lawyers expecting a pledge made by Moderna at the height of the pandemic to dominate proceedings.

  • February 27, 2024

    Skullcandy Gets 'Numskull' TM Narrowed At UK IP Office

    Skullcandy Inc. has persuaded U.K. intellectual property officials to cut a merchandise producer's protections under its "numskull" trademark application, proving that the sign takes unfair advantage of the audio specialist's reputation.

  • February 27, 2024

    Game Developer Accuses Rival Of Copying Mobile Game

    A French mobile game developer has accused a rival of infringing U.K. copyrights for its racing game app Pocket Champs to piggyback off its success.

  • February 26, 2024

    UK Photog Drops Copyright Claims Against Cannabis Co.

    A photographer who accused a cannabis licensing firm of using his image of the Empire State Building to push sales without his say-so has quietly dropped his copyright suit in New York federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    French Media Giant Can't Kill '+Music' TM

    French media giant Canal+ failed to stop the registration of the trademark "+music," when European intellectual property officials ruled that consumers would not confuse it with the TV brand for a majority of registered goods.

  • February 26, 2024

    Temu Accuses Shein Of Scaring Suppliers Away

    Temu has accused Shein of trying to subvert its operations through anti-competitive behaviors, claiming that its ultra-fast fashion rival has cornered suppliers and inundated it with "baseless notices" to disrupt U.K. sales.

  • February 26, 2024

    Cancer Drug Patent Obvious From Earlier Study, EPO Rules

    A pharmaceutical company has lost its cancer drug patent after the European Patent Office ruled that it was not inventive due to a previous study of the same treatment.

  • February 26, 2024

    A&O Hires Patent Litigator From Bristows

    Allen & Overy LLP announced on Monday that it has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Bristows LLP ahead of its merger with Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Keep It Secret Or Safe? AI Developers Face Hard Choice On IP

    Companies developing generative artificial intelligence models will have to decide whether to keep their innovations under wraps as the technology explodes in popularity — or whether stronger patent protections are worth the risk to publicize their product, experts say.

  • February 26, 2024

    Dental Software Biz Bites Back In Infringement, Fraud Claim

    A dental software company has hit back against allegations of copyright infringement from a rival, saying the other business is seeking to intimidate it and only wants to cause commercial damage to a competitor.

  • February 23, 2024

    Toyota Engine Patent Stalls At EPO For Lack Of Inventive Step

    Toyota has lost protections over its exhaust heat recovery system after an emissions specialist showed that the Japanese automotive giant's engine tech lacked an inventive step, the European Patent Office said Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    'Dry January' Campaign Launcher Can't Trademark Name

    A British nonprofit organization has failed to register a trademark for "Dry January," after the country's intellectual property officials ruled that it simply described non-alcoholic drinks and had become too widely used to become exclusive.

  • February 23, 2024

    EasyGroup Hits Dead End In 'EasyTaxi' TM Battle

    EasyGroup Ltd. has lost its fight to keep a trademark for "easyTaxi" after a European Union intellectual property authority concluded that the brand is merely descriptive and "devoid of distinctive character."

  • February 23, 2024

    Philips Patent Gets Brushed Off On Appeal

    Philips has failed to patent a method for tracking the movement of a toothbrush inside the mouth after European officials ruled that the amendments proposed by the Dutch electronics giant extended beyond its original application against the rules.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 23, 2024

    Fox Williams Beats £30M Game Show IP Negligence Claim

    Fox Williams won its bid Friday to strike out a media company's case that the law firm bungled its game show copyright claim and caused it to lose out on £30 million ($38 million), as a court ruled that the claim was "hopeless."

  • February 23, 2024

    Big Brands Face Do-Or-Die Decision On Russian TMs

    The Russian government has broadly upheld the intellectual property rights of foreign companies since international brands pulled out of the market, but the clock is ticking for cancelation proceedings if they don't get back to business in the next year, experts warn.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • AI Inventorship Decision Leaves Open Questions

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    A Virginia federal court's recent decision in Thaler v. Iancu, finding that artificial intelligence cannot be named as a patent inventor, highlights questions that will have to be answered as AI increasingly contributes to inventorship, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • What Patent Applications Signal About Green Energy Trends

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    Steadily increasing patent activity related to clean energy technologies suggests that the proportion of energy derived from green sources will also continue to grow — but smaller companies could be locked out of the patent race, even as sustainability becomes an inescapable business imperative, says Greg Sharp at Haseltine Lake.

  • Takeaways On Pre-Action Protocols From UK Patent Ruling

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    The U.K. High Court's recent patent ruling in Add2 Research v. dSpace instructs parties in proper pre-action discussions that avoid breaches of protocol, including how to provide materials in confidence, say Angela Jack and Emily Atherton at EIP.

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