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BMW vs Technosport

Auto suggestion by use of BMW The BMW vs Technosport[1] case arose from the unauthorised use of BMW’s trade marks in the UK by an independent repair services provider, Technosport. The case before the court While BMW succeeded on most grounds in the initial infringement case, its appeal concerned mainly the issue of use of… Read more »

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Testing times for TESTAROSSA

Ferrari S.p.A (Ferrari) may be facing loss of the registration of its legendary TESTAROSSA trade mark for its iconic sports car in Germany. The trade mark was used by Ferrari during the mid-1980s to mid-1990s for its sought after sports cars featured in the TV series Miami Vice and popularised by celebrity fans. Production of… Read more »

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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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1 Year anniversary of the Royal Charter for the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Friday (24 November 2017) marked the first anniversary since the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys signed their Royal Charter to establish themselves as The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. In the same week, they also celebrated their 83rd birthday. A ‘ Royal Charter’ is ‘reserved for eminent professional bodies or charities which have a… Read more »

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Expected reduction of EPO fees

The European Patent Office management has put forward a proposal to reduce its fees. If adopted by the Member States of the European Patent Organisation in December, the PCT search fee and the examination fee will be reduced by €100 each. Additionally, the 50% reduction of the EPO’s examination fee that already applies to applications… 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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The ‘Bell’ report

Recent governmental report on the UK Life Sciences Sector A report to the UK government[1] has recently published, with the aim of bringing into focus the next 20 years of UK government policy in the ‘health life sciences’ sector. In the context of the report, ‘health life sciences’ refers to the application of biology and… 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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