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Where It’s Made Matters: The EU’s New Non-Agricultural GIs

In an exciting development for brand owners, the EU has this week approved a new regulation that will allow the producers of distinctive craft and industrial products to protect their goods with a Geographical Indication. What is a Geographical Indication? Geographical indication protection rights (“GIs”) have been available for certain types of product in various… Read more »

From Locale to Label: Geographical Indications as Product Passports

In the evolving landscape of branding, a new trend is emerging where brands are embracing more than names, logos and packaging to differentiate their products. Imagine products having their own passports, which share stories about their origins and what makes them truly distinctive. These passports exist and they are known as Geographical Indications or simply… Read more »

When is a Cat not a Cat? When it’s a Caterpillar. Or a Tigercat. Or is it?

Author: Dan Byrne   Tigercat International Inc. (“Tigercat”) and Caterpillar Inc. (“Caterpillar”) have been in conflict in numerous countries around the world due to conflict arising between Tigercat’s name and Caterpillar Inc’s commonly used abbreviation “Cat”. Most recently, a dispute in the EU IPO has resulted in Tigercat losing an opposition for its application for… Read more »

IP and AI – UK Government publishes response to second consultation

Author: Fergus Brown   On 28 June 2022, the UKIPO published its response (here) addressing the second consultation on the interplay between artificial intelligence and intellectual property, which ran from October 2021 to January 2022. The consultation sought input on three specific areas: Copyright protection for computer-generated works (CGWs) without a human author; Licensing or… Read more »

The IP Space – Edition 3

Author: Adrian Bennett   Greetings once again everyone, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to this new series of short articles reporting on the latest challenges and successes in the Space Industry.  It is our mission to keep you updated with the latest news, and provide wider background context around the various players… Read more »

UK Battery Industry Growth and IP Challenges

Authors : David Blair & Marianne Privett The summer of 2022 has seen the return of in-person conferences and expos throughout many of the UK’s industry sectors. The UK’s electric vehicle and battery technology sectors are no exception and Marianne Privett and David Blair were excited to attend ‘the Advanced Material Show and Battery Systems… Read more »

Standard Essential Patents and the recent UKIPO consultation

After contributing as part of the group providing the CIPA response to the UKIPO consultation on standard essential patents, AA Thornton’s Geoff Hussey recently took part in panel discussion on SEPs and IP at the delayed “CIPA Computer Technology Spring Seminar”, chaired by Simon Davies.  The impressive list of speakers included M Jorge Cardoso of… Read more »

Being Agnostic can be better for the Environment

There has been much talk about stopping use of internal combustion (IC) engines, but reports of the death of the engine may have been exaggerated. Cummins has produced conventional engines for many years starting with diesel and later including natural gas as fuel sources.  As part of commitment to sustainability it is also looking to… Read more »

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