Knowledge Centre


Success at Southern Manufacturing!
Tom Faulkner and Nick Bennett have just completed an excellent three days attending the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition at
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High Court Ruling on Nestle’s Four Finger Chocolate Bar Shape – Not Registrable As A Trade Mark
The High Court of England and Wales has just rejected Nestle’s appeal against the Registrar of Trade Mark’s decision to
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EU Trade Mark Law Reform
The Community Trade Mark Amending Regulation was published in December and will enter into force on 23 March 2016. This
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CJEU rules on when reputation in the EU can be enforced
The Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) in case C-125/14 Iron & Smith Kft. v Unilever NV has clarified
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Time Zones in Patent Validity
An invention is considered to be new if it has not been made available to the public before the date
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Disclosure Requirements for Proceedings in Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
The specialist IP court for SMEs (the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) issued a decision this summer in respect of a
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Going Global
Cleveland exhibited at the Going Global show at Kensington Olympia on 3 and 4 December 2015. Nick Bennett, a patent attorney
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Renewal Reminder Scams Penalised by Court
Proprietors of registered designs, trade marks and patents pay renewal fees to the Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) to keep their
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Poisonous Divisionals – Antidote or Bust – Update
We discussed the poisonous divisionals and poisonous priority issue in our previous post and mentioned that the question of how
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European patents in Moldova
The EPO has now reached an agreement with the Republic of Moldova which will allow European patents to take legal
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The Unified Patent Court – how to opt out
The unitary patent, and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) that will have exclusive jurisdiction over it, represent the most significant
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International registration of trade marks has become easier
The International system of registration of trade marks – which is also known as the ‘Madrid’ or ‘WIPO’ system –
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Speeding up Examination of Competitor Patents at the EPO
In some situations a pending patent application can be more problematic than a granted patent. Although generally you cannot be
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Poisonous Divisionals – Antidote or Bust
EPO appeal T557/13 (re EP0921183B) has led to a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal G1/15. The Appeal Board
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Assos v Asos – the end of a saga
On 29 July 2015 the Supreme Court refused to hear Assos’ appeal in the long-standing Assos v Asos trade mark
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