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Running an IP dispute – Podcast with LexisPSL

AA Thornton Barrister Daniel Byrne provides an insight with Joshy Thomas, Lexis®PSL IP on running an IP dispute   In this podcast Daniel Byrne, AA Thornton and Joshy Thomas, Lexis®PSL IP provide an insight into running an IP dispute covering initial analysis of the dispute together with strategic considerations and initial actions to be taken… Read more »

Stealthy first use of a mark prevails

Retail team member Sarah Neil reviews a recent UK IPO decision which assesses what kind of use is sufficient to make a party the ‘senior user’ of a mark. The matter started in early 2014 when ABP Technology Limited (“ABP”) developed a range of Virtual Reality headsets under the mark STEALTH VR and began promoting… Read more »

AAT Insights – Are chinese applicants gaming the system?

Partner and Retail team member Ian Gill gives a short insight into defending WowWee’s rights against Chinese applicants Visit our youtube channel for more videos like this. If you are unable to view the video above, below is an accessible version: Those with young children will likely have heard of Fingerlings, but for those who have… Read more »

ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019

Senior Associate and Trade Mark Attorney Louise Foster reports on the ROCK CITY opposition in the October / November issue of the CITMA Review This article was first published in the October / November issue of the CITMA Review   O/363/19, ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019 On 21st January 2015, White Outline… Read more »

 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 »

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

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 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

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 »

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