Trade Marks

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Welcome Changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith

In this article Partner Ian Gill discusses the upcoming changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith and the impact this is likely to have on trade mark owners   China’s revised trade mark legislation, effective from 1 November 2019, has a number of changes that will be welcomed by foreign companies operating in… Read more »

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