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Kit Kat v Mondelez

19 Apr 2018
It is pretty unusual for the Court of Justice of the European Union to issue press releases in relation to any of the hundreds of trade mark cases passing through their doors each year but the ongoing battles relating to
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The impact of Brexit on UK Copyright – as reported by the EU Commission

6 Apr 2018
At the beginning of this month, the EU Commission issued a report on the impact of Brexit on UK copyright. This indicates that, as of 30 March 2019, the various EU Directives and Regulations on copyright will no longer apply
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New UK Patent fees take effect from 6 April 2018

5 Apr 2018
The UK Intellectual Property Office is introducing new fees in the new fiscal year. As of 6 April 2018 additional fees will be payable for applications filed that have in excess of 35 pages in the description. Furthermore, excess claim
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Petition for Review

3 Apr 2018
The European Patent Office (EPO) has granted a petition for review in a new decision from the Enlarged Board of Appeal (R 4/17). A party to an EPO Board of Appeal decision can file a request for a petition for
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Company-made trade mark law – the Amazon Brand Registry

27 Mar 2018
With the introduction of the Amazon Brand Registry, see https://brandservices.amazon.co.uk/, Amazon has, in effect, created its own trade mark law, which seems to be a first, for a commercial enterprise.  According to the information provided on their website, the aim
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L’Oréal in court: You might be worth it, but the prosecution history isn’t

27 Mar 2018
An interesting decision was recently given by the UK High Court, in which RN Ventures was found to infringe L’Oréal’s patent for a skin care device. It was argued that the prosecution history of the patent application should be used
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Intellectual property law specialists back the UK’s top businesswomen for the third year running

27 Mar 2018
A firm of intellectual property law specialists has lent its backing to the UK’s top businesswomen for the third year running, as it confirmed that it will once again be sponsoring the Best Customer Service category at the Best Business
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Landmark Decision For Landmark Graphics Corporation?

21 Mar 2018
Computer Implemented Inventions at the UK Intellectual Property Office In 2014, Landmark Graphics Corporation (a Halliburton company) filed a series of non-convention PCT applications relating to various techniques for assessing petroleum reservoir performance.  Landmark then took the unusual step of
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EPO to standardise supplementary search fee from 1 April 2018

15 Mar 2018
The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently confirmed that, from 1 April 2018, it will no longer offer a reduction in the search fee for European regional phase applications searched by non-European patent offices during the PCT international phase. Currently,
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UK Joins the Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs

15 Mar 2018
As of 13 June 2018 there will be more flexibility for UK and international IP holders wishing to apply for UK registered designs. Following deposit of its instrument of ratification in Geneva on 13 March 2018, the UK is acceding
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