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AA Thornton welcome two new Partners

AA Thornton welcome two new Partners

AA Thornton appoint two new Partners in their Litigation Department The Partners of AA Thornton are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Spink and Dan Byrne, who recently joined the firm as Partners in the Litigation department. Commenting on the appointment, Geoff Hussey, Partner said: “I am absolutely delighted that such highly skilled and experienced… Read more »

A storm in a snow globe

A storm in a snow globe

Asahi’s recent success in obtaining a UK registration for the mark SNOW GLOBE despite opposition based on rights in SNOW.   Asahi Holdings UK Limited has successfully defended an opposition against its UK application for the mark SNOW GLOBE. At first glance, the decision may seem surprising to some, but it reinforces some fundamental and,… Read more »

CJEU clips Red Bull’s wings

CJEU clips Red Bull’s wings

In a disappointing end to the long running defence of its registrations for the colours blue and silver, Red Bull’s EU trade marks have finally been declared invalid. On 29 July 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) finally put an end to Red Bull’s five year battle to defend its EU… Read more »

AA Thornton takes part in 2019 Standard Chartered City Race

AA Thornton takes part in 2019 Standard Chartered City Race

Nine years running… On Tuesday 16th July, a team of willing and enthusiastic runners from AA Thornton took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race.   This is an annual 5km road race around closed off streets of the City of London which this year had a record 5,592 participants all helping to raise… Read more »

New Patent Rules in Canada

New Patent Rules in Canada

New Patent Rules in Canada from 30 October 2019 Amendments published recently will bring Canadian Patent Rules into conformity with the Patent Law Treaty and thus into line with the majority of patent laws in force around the world. The full text of the revised rules can be found here.  A summary of the main… Read more »

Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

Stuart Greenwood summarises the revisions of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal which will come into force on 1 January 2020 This article was updated on 15th August 2019. In an effort to “increase efficiency” the EPO’s Administrative Council recently approved amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal… Read more »

Let’s cut to the CHEESE – a banquet of IP updates

Let’s cut to the CHEESE – a banquet of IP updates

Sarah Neil serves up four delicious courses which stretch the boundaries of Intellectual Property in the food industry Here at AAT we love food. Not only do we love eating food, we love cooking food, thinking about food and talking about food. We also love combining food with our other passion: IP. In recent years,… Read more »

Promoting a career in ideas

Promoting a career in ideas

AA Thornton team welcomes year 12 students into the world of IP This week we were delighted to welcome a group of year 12 students from St Marylebone School into our London office as part of our IP Inclusive initiative to raise the profile of the various careers in the Intellectual Property industry.  We spent… Read more »

TOC issue brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo 2020

TOC issue brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo 2020

Olympics Games organisers issue strict guidelines for Tokyo 2020 The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games (TOC) have issued brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Summer Olympic Games next year.  A link to the document is set out below and the key elements to avoid are set out in the… Read more »

The New SPC Manufacturing Waiver Regulation

The New SPC Manufacturing Waiver Regulation

The New SPC Manufacturing Waiver Regulation Today, 1 July 2019,  a new EU Regulation No 2019/933 (the ‘Regulation’) amending the current SPC Regulation 469/2009 comes into force. This introduces limitations to the extent of SPC protection in respect of certain acts carried out in relation to the export of a medicinal product to a non-EU… Read more »

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