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 Website blocking injunction Nintendo v Sky UK Ltd

 Website blocking injunction Nintendo v Sky UK Ltd

Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane reports on the recent Nintendo v Sky UK Ltd website blocking injunction The High Court has recently required major UK ISPs to block certain websites which infringed Nintendo’s intellectual property rights. In seeking the injunction, Nintendo relied on trade mark rights, as was the case in Cartier2, but also relied on the… Read more »

House Marks: the Big Boys on the Block – a European perspective

House Marks: the Big Boys on the Block – a European perspective

This is a concise summary of a talk on House Marks given by Ian Gill to the FICPI Open Forum meeting in Vienna on 10 October 2019   The brief for this talk was challenging – Alongside other speakers from different regions I was asked to consider questions such as: What is the difference between… Read more »

A look back at 3DMedLive 2019

A look back at 3DMedLive 2019

Medical Devices team members, Alex Bone and Marianne Privett report on the 3DMedLive 2019 event held on 2nd and 3rd October 2019. In June 2019 3DMedNet announced that, in partnership with the Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine, they were organising the first ever event aimed at bringing together the many medical practitioners, engineers, technicians,… Read more »

News in brief from the pharma and medical devices sectors – Summer 2019 trade mark decisions from the UK and EU

News in brief from the pharma and medical devices sectors – Summer 2019 trade mark decisions from the UK and EU

Senior Associate Suzanne Power reports on the Summer 2019 trade mark decisions from the UK and EU in the Pharma and Med Dev sectors. 1. Slogans remain difficult to register as EU trade marks – Case T-555/18 of 3 April 2019, Medrobotics Corp. v EUIPO This decision from the EU’s General Court (“GC”) highlights the… Read more »

Partner Ian Gill celebrates 25 years at AA Thornton

Partner Ian Gill celebrates 25 years at AA Thornton

Partner Ian Gill reflects on spending 25 years at AA Thornton and his career in Intellectual Property.    If you can’t view the embedded article above, we have provided an accessible version below: A quick search on Google reveals that Gary Larson announced he was no longer doing the “Far Side” cartoons on 3 October… Read more »

EUIPO cancels MasterCard registrations: there are some things even MasterCard can’t buy

EUIPO cancels MasterCard registrations: there are some things even MasterCard can’t buy

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney Anastasia Osipovich reports on the EUIPO’s cancellation of MasterCard’s registrations   The Cancellation Division of the EUIPO has recently declared the following two logo marks of Mastercard International Incorporated (MasterCard) invalid:             Cancellation actions against these registrations were brought by Cinkciarz.pl Sp. z o.o., a Polish… Read more »

AA Thornton are ranked in the Legal 500 2020

AA Thornton are ranked in the Legal 500 2020

AA Thornton is ranked as a top tier firm The Legal 500 2020 edition has now been published and we are absolutely delighted to be recommended as a top-tier firm for our trade marks practice, which was described as “strong”, “dedicated” and an “excellent team of knowledgeable and genuinely good people”. We also remain highly recommended for our patents… Read more »

Brexit update – A summary of the UK’s arrangements for EU IP rights if Brexit takes effect on 31 October

Brexit update – A summary of the UK’s arrangements for EU IP rights if Brexit takes effect on 31 October

Trick or Treat? A summary of the UK’s arrangements for EU IP rights if Brexit takes effect on 31 October Background It is over 3 years since the UK carried out a referendum on its membership of the European Union (EU), and the public’s decision then was that the UK should leave the EU. Subsequent… Read more »

Registered designs and the grace period in the EU

Registered designs and the grace period in the EU

Trade Mark Attorney Sarah Neil summarises the grace period for filing registered designs which has caught out several clients in recent years. Recently, we have seen an increasing number of clients fighting against the clock in an effort to try to obtain registered design protection before the grace period expires. The concept of time limits… Read more »

Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle and Connected Automated Mobility 2019

Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle and Connected Automated Mobility 2019

Automotive team members Marianne Privett and Nikesh Patel report on the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle and Connected Automated Mobility 2019 event On the 4th and 5th of September, Patent Attorneys Nikesh Patel, Marianne Privett and David Blair attended the co-hosted Cenex-LCV (Low Carbon Vehicle) and Cenex-CAM (Connected Automated Mobility) events at Millbrook Proving Ground. With visitor numbers increasing every year, the events… Read more »

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