Absolutely Not Registerable Roundup- January 2023

As Trade Mark Attorneys, one of the questions we are asked on an almost daily basis is whether new marks are registrable. As UK IPO practice is forever evolving, it can be helpful to conduct regular reviews of the kinds of marks being refused by the UK IPO. In the latest instalment of our seasonal… Read more »

Why your International trade marks and designs designating the UK are at risk if you do not appoint a UK address for service

The UK IPO has just announced a change in its practice on the service of inter partes proceedings. This change affects parties who do not have a UK address for service, and is likely to be most relevant in relation to International applications that designate the UK. This update comprises a summary of the most… Read more »

What should you keep in mind when trying to protect non-traditional marks in the fashion industry?

Louise Foster and Anastasia Osipovich discuss recent cases around unconventional 3D and 2D fashion trade marks and the role that evidence plays in such cases. It is no surprise that securing registered protection for the aesthetic appearance and external elements of fashion items is highly desirable for brand owners, especially given that such protection can… Read more »

Can Bubbles Clean Rivers?

The problem of plastics polluting the planet’s rivers and oceans is well known. The use of plastics, particularly single use plastics, has been reduced in recent years, but plastic materials are still finding their way into the water.  Plastic waste that reaches a river or canal is likely, eventually, to flow into the ocean. Once… Read more »

Why is Diligent Due Diligence Important?

Background The main value of many technology merger or acquisition deals may not lie in tangible property like buildings or stock inventory. Often the value lies in intellectual property (IP), and patents in particular. It is common practice for companies to monitor the R&D activities of others, particularly smaller innovators.  This is done with a… Read more »

AA Thornton IP LLP Partners receive additional awards

AA Thornton IP LLP wishes to thank our clients for making us your first choice for intellectual property in 2022, and for recommending us for yet another intellectual property award. We were delighted that this week’s publication of IAM’s ‘Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2023’ recognised Mike Jennings, a partner in our patent team, as a… Read more »

ChatGPT – the AI powered chatbot

On the 30 November 2022 an artificial intelligence powered chatbot was launched, ChatGPT. Under very little fanfare, the chatbot, created by Elon Musk founded company, OpenAI, went live and in little under a week had amassed more than 1 million registered users.   What is it? ChatGPT is a large language model developed by… Read more »

Sustainable innovations in cosmetics packaging

The cosmetics and personal care industry has become increasingly concerned with clean beauty and sustainable beauty over recent years. This has arisen in response to pressure from consumers but also originated from within the companies themselves who, like many companies operating today, wish to have a positive impact on the environment. Innovations in the area… Read more »

Has the UK IPO been incorrectly applying the address for service rules in relation to International Registrations? Find out what Geoffrey Hobbs QC, sitting as the Appointed Person, thinks and what this might mean for overseas trade mark holders and their attorneys.

The UK IPO has suspended a number of cases while it considers the implications of Geoffrey Hobbs’ decision in O/681/22. The facts of the case An invalidity action was filed against a UK designation and the UK IPO sent a notification by registered post to the Australian holder of the International registration.  The notification included… Read more »