Michelin’s X is king

The Continental vs Michelin[1] appeal at the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU), decided a few months ago arose from an opposition by Michelin to Continental’s European Union Trade Mark Application for the registration of  in relation to ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin relied, inter alia, on its earlier French trade mark… Read more »

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IP Audits – What are they, and why should you have one?

Introduction  “Know yourself to improve yourself” – August Comte Every business will have some form of intellectual property (IP) – not just those that deal with technology. This article will describe the various forms of IP that could be assessed during an IP Audit and why it is important to know about them. The article… Read more »

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Current summary of the UK Patent Box regime

The UK is one of a number of countries that offers a ‘Patent Box’ scheme. What is the Patent Box? The Patent Box is a UK tax-based incentive that aims to encourage innovative companies to locate their research and development operations in the UK, by helping to outweigh the cost of patenting with patent-related tax… Read more »

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AA Thornton’s Guide to Government Grants, Loans and Tax Relief for Innovative SMEs and Start-ups

There are many grants available to innovative small businesses, and a wealth of funds available. There are various cash grants as well as tax relief options and loans to encourage innovation that can be explored, as highlighted in this guide. Many SMEs and start-ups are put off applying for grants, considering the process to be… Read more »

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CJEU confirms the territorial scope of a pan-European injunction in relation to Registered Community Designs

Nintendo v Big Ben Interactive GmbH, Big Ben Interactive S.A[1] The CJEU has recently held that a Community Designs Court may grant a pan-European injunction where there are multiple connected defendants based across the EU. Facts Nintendo produces video games, video game consoles including the Wii video games and accessories.  It is the registered proprietor… Read more »

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The return of the doctrine equivalents – a WIPR article by Geoff Hussey & Varuni Paranavitane

World IP Review magazine (WIPR)  has recently worked with Partner and Litigation Solicitor Geoff Hussey and Associate and Litigation Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane on an article published in its October / November issue ‘The Return of the Doctrine Equivalents’.  The article, which focuses on the Supreme Court’s decision to change the test for patent infringement, and… Read more »

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A patent history of atrial septal defect closure devices

Introduction Patent Attorney Chris Burnett has recently had cause to investigate Atrial Septal Defect Closure Devices and became interested in the history of their development and what the future may hold for these devices. An Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) is a hole in the septum between the top two chambers of the heart. ASDs are… Read more »

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The Madrid Union welcomes its 100th member as Indonesia joins the International Trade Mark System

We are pleased to report that Indonesia has become the 100th country to sign up to the International trade mark system and as of 2 January 2018 it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Indonesia under International trade marks. In 2015, the Indonesian trade marks office received more than 47,000 trade mark applications… Read more »

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EU – trade mark legislation changes – part 2

In our article of February 2016, we reported on some approved changes to EU trade mark legislation that would affect both EU-wide trade mark rights, and national trade mark rights in EU member states. Some of these changes entered into force immediately, and others required further legislation to be enacted. The last of the changes… Read more »

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UK-China IP Symposium highlights importance of innovation

Trade Mark Attorney and Partner Ian Gill spoke at the 2017 UK China symposium, which took place in London on Thursday 22 September. Co-hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), this annual flagship event for UK-China IP co-operation formed part of a week of UK-China IP related activity. Click… Read more »

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