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  • AI is coming and it will change trade mark law

    December 08, 2017

    The rise of artificial intelligence may mean some of the historic concepts and principles of trade mark law will simply no longer apply or will have to be interpreted differently, write Lee Curtis and Rachel Platts of HGF

  • INTA reveals position on Brexit IP issues

    November 29, 2017

    The International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights

  • Court of Appeal hails London black cabs as not distinctive

    November 02, 2017

    In another ruling demonstrating the difficulty for UK trade mark owners to protect their designs, the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that The London Taxi Company’s trade marks are invalid. The case would present some interesting issues were it to be pursed to the Supreme Court

  • IP firm Redd to join Wiggin

    October 23, 2017

    London-based Redd, which has four partners, is to join media, technology and brands firm Wiggin on November 6

  • New IP firm launched in Europe

    September 26, 2017

    A new IP law firm, AIPEX, seeks to provide a unique IP service by offering a one-stop service through its independent member firms in 11 European locations

  • European Commission makes Brexit IP proposal

    September 12, 2017

    Patent and trade mark attorneys have welcomed the European Commission's plans for unitary IP rights after Brexit

  • Report on social media and counterfeits published

    September 05, 2017

    The report on counterfeiting, how it is moving online and the impact of social media was commissioned by the UK IP Office. It draws five conclusions and makes two recommendations

  • Grey goods in the UK: The practical significance of R v C

    August 31, 2017

    The UK Supreme Court’s decision in R v C that there is criminal liability for dealing in grey goods which the trade mark owner has not authorised for sale has been hailed as great news for brand owners. Anna Carboni, Darren Meale and Arty Rajendra give their opinion on whether it catches parallel imports and what it means for brand owners, grey goods dealers and enforcement authorities

  • Brexit: the top five legislative challenges

    August 24, 2017

    Brexit affects IP in many ways. James Nurton and Kingsley Egbuonu identify five areas where urgent action is needed to provide clarity and ensure a smooth transition

  • A guide to trade mark forum shopping in Europe

    August 24, 2017

    Trade mark owners need to weigh up various factors when deciding where to bring an infringement action. Sahira Khwaja, Alastair Shaw, Leopold von Gerlach, Ewa Kacperek, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre and Alexis Valot compare procedures and practices in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom

  • Report sheds light on lookalikes

    August 18, 2017

    Research into eye-tracking techniques shows that consumers shop on autopilot and are fooled by lookalike brands, mistaking the copy for the brand 20% of the time when both are on the shelf

  • UK: Grey goods caught by criminal law

    August 03, 2017

    The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that criminal liability under Section 92 of the Trade Mark Act 1994 also covers dealing in grey market goods which the trade mark owner have not authorised to be sold or distributed

  • CITMA publishes position paper on Brexit

    July 21, 2017

    The association representing chartered UK trade mark attorneys has set out its wish list for registered trade marks and designs post-Brexit. It is also campaigning for representation rights after the UK leaves the EU

  • Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2017 winners

    June 16, 2017

    The seventh annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards celebrated individuals and firms at a ceremony in London

  • Interview: Joan Mill of CPA Global on IP and technology

    June 08, 2017

    For our latest Women in IP interview, James Nurton talks to Joan Mill, head of sales for EMEA at CPA Global, about AI, ambition and athletics

  • The UK General Election and IP rights

    June 02, 2017

    On June 8, the UK will vote on who becomes the next government. What are the parties’ policies on issues affecting IP rights? Alice O’Donkor reviews what the manifestoes say about creativity, investment and growth in IP

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • Judges debate Haribo trademark case at INTA

    May 22, 2017

    The issue of whether existing trademarks should be taken into account when considering an application was discussed during an international judges panel at the INTA Annual Meeting yesterday

  • Become a brand steward

    May 22, 2017

    Trademark practitioners should take bold steps to become stewards of the brands they advise because consumers, brands and communication channels have evolved, INTA President Joseph Ferretti said at the opening ceremony of the 139th INTA Annual Meeting

  • Are you braced for Brexit?

    May 20, 2017

    The clock is ticking: on March 29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk notifying him of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. The decision will have important consequences for IP rights, legislation and agreements

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