Wrong number for Napp Pharmaceuticals in UK Buprenorphine infringement cases

Background Napp Pharmaceuticals (Napp) is the proprietor of a European (UK) patent, EP2305194B (the Patent), which provides protection for transdermal buprenorphine patches. Napp have marketed buprenorphine patches under the trade name “BuTrans®” since 2005. Both Sandoz and Dr Reddy’s were preparing to launch generic transdermal buprenorphine patches in the UK, but Sandoz were the first… Read more »

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BREXIT

Then and now: EU trademarks in the UK   With Brexit looming, Partner and Registered Trade Mark Attorney Rachel Havard looks back at the UK trademark profession’s relationship with Europe and considers what the future might hold. In 1996, there was a buzz of excitement in the UK trademark attorney profession as we prepared and filed our… Read more »

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Paclitaxel SPC bound to fail

Background The period that elapses between a patent being granted for a new medicinal product and a marketing authorisation being obtained for the product is often too short to allow a patentee to cover their investment. Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are intended to compensate patentees for the investment necessary to place a new medicinal product… Read more »

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February Focus on China

Article 3 Similarity of goods and services   As discussed in the last article in this series, Chinese sub-classification system, in China goods and services are grouped into sub-classes. These sub-classes are important when the Chinese Trade Marks Office or the Trade Marks Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) needs to make a decision regarding whether… Read more »

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Jimmy Choo stomps on cybersquatting

Luxury fashion brand J. Choo Limited, owner of the internationally desired JIMMY CHOO brand continues its success in its fight against cybersquatting with another favourable decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This decision is the latest in a long line of successful domain name complaints filed by the company. Choo Limited, represented by… Read more »

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February Focus on China

Article 2 Chinese sub-classification system China adopts the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, but additionally uses a sub-classification system which is unique to China. In China, each of the Nice classes has been further divided into sub-classes of goods or services. The sub-classes are structured according to the features of the goods and services… Read more »

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Cupid’s arrow hits the mark: eHarmony succeed in opposing registration of “matchedharmony”

In a decision handed down on Friday 10 February 2017, the UK IPO refused an application of Robert Magill to register the mark “matchedharmony” in relation to “online dating via a website; dating services”.  The opposition was filed by A.A. Thornton & Co. on behalf of one of the leading providers of online dating services,… Read more »

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