Intellectual Property UK

  • July 17, 2024

    UK Debuts Streamlined Digital Patent Service

    The U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office said Tuesday that patent firm Murgitroyd has successfully filed the first patent application with the authority's new digital patent portal as part of the scheme's six-month pilot.

  • July 17, 2024

    Italian Designer's Historic 'Belfe' TM Saved On Appeal

    A European court upheld a historic Italian sportswear company's "Belfe" trademark Wednesday, finding there was ample proof that it had used the mark to sell thousands of clothing items despite a rival's claim the brand hadn't been using it.

  • July 17, 2024

    Concerns Grow Over Lack Of Specific AI Bill In King's Speech

    The Labour government said in the King's Speech that opened the new session of Parliament Wednesday that it plans to impose requirements on the developers of the most powerful artificial intelligence models — but fell short of saying it would introduce an AI-specific bill.

  • July 17, 2024

    Manufacturer Loses Grip On Handheld Power Tool Patent

    A manufacturer's handheld power tool design is not inventive enough to merit a patent because a skilled person could combine two earlier blueprints to reach the same result, a European appeals board has held.

  • July 17, 2024

    Thom Browne Says Adidas Hasn't Earned Stripes In TM Spat

    New York fashion brand Thom Browne accused Adidas on Wednesday of trying to monopolize any use of a three-stripe design in clothing and footwear as a trial got underway in London over the multijurisdictional trademark dispute.

  • July 17, 2024

    Venom Vocalist Sues Bandmate For Copyright Infringement

    Heavy-metal singer Conrad Lant has sued his former Venom band-mate, arguing that drummer Anthony Bray and a music distributor were infringing his copyright by selling merchandise stamped with his designs.

  • July 17, 2024

    Electronics Biz, Uni Lose Joint Bid For Antenna Patent

    A Japanese electronics business and a university in Tokyo cannot get a patent over their small-scale antenna communication technology because it is not inventive over an earlier blueprint for hearing aids, an appeals panel has ruled.

  • July 16, 2024

    UPC Knocks Out Amgen's Cholesterol Drug Patent

    The Unified Patent Court on Tuesday ruled that Amgen's patent covering the cholesterol drug Repatha isn't valid in the European Union, less than a year after justices on the U.S. Supreme Court made a somewhat similar call on U.S. patents covering the same drug.

  • July 16, 2024

    Self-Styled Bitcoin Founder Could Face Criminal Prosecution

    A London judge referred Craig Wright to prosecutors on Tuesday for potential perjury charges after concluding that the Australian computer scientist had repeatedly lied about inventing bitcoin for financial gain.

  • July 16, 2024

    UK Joins Global IP Platform To Tackle Climate Change

    The U.K. Intellectual Property Office said Tuesday it has joined a global program run by the World Intellectual Property Organization aimed at supporting international efforts to address climate change and minimize food insecurity.

  • July 16, 2024

    Tesla Loses Bid To Sue Over 5G License Rate In UK

    A London court ruled Monday that Tesla can't sue InterDigital for a worldwide license covering 5G technology, throwing a wrench in the automaker's plans to launch 5G-equipped vehicles in the U.K.

  • July 16, 2024

    Dentons To Offer AI-Powered IP Risk Analysis With Tech Firm

    Law firm Dentons said Tuesday it has partnered up with an AI startup as part of its intellectual property service, saying the software will be able to speed up IP risk assessments for clients and flag when they need to speak further with a Dentons lawyer.

  • July 16, 2024

    Korean Tech Co. Can't Get Lock Screen Patent At EPO

    A Korean technology company's blueprint for pressing a home button to display a lock screen is not inventive enough for a patent because it merely presents information, an appeals panel held in a decision published Tuesday.

  • July 15, 2024

    Netgear Defends RICO, Antitrust Case Against Huawei

    Router maker Netgear is coming out in defense of its suit accusing the Chinese government-affiliated Huawei of racketeering and antitrust violations, saying that the tech company has attacked its claims by "overstating the pleading requirements and ignoring the law."

  • July 15, 2024

    Electrolux's Induction Hob Patent Burned On Appeal

    European officials revoked an Electrolux patent for an induction hob because it didn't sufficiently disclose the invention, and skilled scientists couldn't actually make it by following the instructions.

  • July 15, 2024

    Siemens Gets Second Shot To Nix GE Unit's Patent

    European officials must re-examine a GE unit's patent covering a switchgear used in subsea plants to help extract oil because they failed to consider all of Siemens' arguments challenging it, an appellate board has ruled.

  • July 15, 2024

    ATM Network Says 'Link' TM Extensively Used In UK

    The main ATM network in the U.K. has hit back at Stripe over allegations that its trademark name "Link" should be revoked for lack of use and said the mark has been employed extensively within the country.

  • July 15, 2024

    AstraZeneca Unit Defends Soliris Patent Against Invalidity Bid

    Alexion has hit back at a claim by Amgen that its patent over Soliris is invalid, arguing in a London court that the formula for the rare blood disease treatment was not obvious based on earlier patents and publications.

  • July 15, 2024

    McCain Rescues Smiley Face EU TM Amid Clash With Rival

    McCain has kept hold of its smiley potato face trademark after convincing an appeals panel that the sign is sufficiently distinctive, overcoming a claim by a rival food distributor that the design was "customary" in the food sector when it filed for the trademark.

  • July 12, 2024

    InterDigital Appeal 'Shifts Needle' To Balance FRAND Process

    The Court of Appeal's much-anticipated ruling in InterDigital and Lenovo's dispute over fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing fees for standard-essential patents goes a ways to address inconsistencies and establish a middle course for rate-setting going forward, lawyers say.

  • July 12, 2024

    InterDigital Gets $240M In FRAND Dispute With Lenovo

    A London appeals court ordered Lenovo to pay $240.1 million to InterDigital on Friday for a license to use its standard essential patents covering wireless technologies, resolving a lengthy dispute over fair and nondiscriminatory license terms.

  • July 12, 2024

    Mars Beats Nestlé Challenge Over Tasty Kibble Patent

    Mars can keep an amended patent for dry pet food that remains tasty with low phosphate concentrations, after European officials rejected Nestlé's arguments that the ingredients used weren't new.

  • July 12, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 12, 2024

    Arkema's Adhesive Patent Comes Unstuck At EUIPO

    A French metal supplier has had its European patent over an adhesive technology revoked by the bloc's intellectual property watchdog, with the board saying the technique would be obvious to any skilled person in the material binding industry.

  • July 12, 2024

    Rock Bands Sue PRS Over 'Abusive' Music Licensing Regime

    Three rock bands and their rights management company have sued the Performing Right Society at a London court for allegedly abusing its dominant market position by imposing onerous fees and requirements on its members.

Expert Analysis

  • 1 Year At The UPC: Implications For Transatlantic Disputes

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    In its first year, the Unified Patent Court has issued important decisions on procedures like provisional measures, but complexities remain when it comes to coordinating proceedings across jurisdictions like the U.S. due to differences in timelines and discovery practices, say attorneys at McDermott.

  • Trends, Tips From 7 Years Of EPO Antibody Patent Appeals

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    Recent years of European Patent Office decisions reveal some surprising differences between appeals involving therapeutic antibody patents and those for other technologies, offering useful insight into this developing area of European case law for future antibody patent applicants, say Alex Epstein and Jane Evenson at CMS.

  • Companies Trading In The EU Should Heed Mondelēz Ruling

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    The European Commission’s recent €337.5 million fine of Mondelēz is the latest decision targeting restrictions on EU cross-border trade, and serves as a warning to companies active in the region to check their contracts and practices for illegal restraints, and to perform audits to ensure compliance, says Matthew Hall at McGuireWoods.

  • 4 Takeaways From Biotech Patent Invalidity Ruling

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    The recent Patents Court decision in litigation between Advanced Cell Diagnostics and Molecular Instruments offers noteworthy commentary on issues related to experiments done in the ordinary course of business, joint importation, common general knowledge and mindset, and mosaicking for anticipation, say Nessa Khandaker and Darren Jiron at Finnegan.

  • How Life Science Companies Are Approaching UPC Opt-Outs

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    A look at recent data shows that one year after its launch, the European Union's Unified Patent Court is still seeing a high rate of opt-outs, including from large U.S.-based life science companies wary of this unpredictable court — and there are reasons this strategy should largely remain the same, say Sanjay Murthy and Christopher Tuinenga at McAndrews Held.

  • Lego Ruling Builds Understanding Of Design Exam Process

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    In Lego v. Guangdong Loongon, the European Union Intellectual Property Office recently invalidated a registered design for a toy figure, offering an illustrative guide to assessing the individual character of a design in relation to a preexisting design, says Christoph Moeller at Mewburn Ellis.

  • Protecting Trade Secrets In US, EU Gov't Agency Submissions

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    Attorneys at Mintz compare U.S. and European Union trade secret laws, and how proprietary information in confidential submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency is protected in the face of third-party information requests under government transparency laws.

  • The Unified Patent Court: What We Learned In Year 1

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    ​​​​​​​The Unified Patent Court celebrated its first anniversary this month, and while questions remain as we wait for the first decisions on the merits, a multitude of decisions and orders regarding provisional measures and procedural aspects have provided valuable insights already, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • F1 Driver AI Case Sheds Light On Winning Tactics In IP Suits

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    A German court recently awarded damages to former F1 driver Michael Schumacher's family in an artificial intelligence dispute over the unlicensed use of his image, illustrating how athletes are using the law to protect their brands, and setting a precedent in other AI-generated image rights cases, William Bowyer at Lawrence Stephens.

  • Cos. Increasingly Must Protect And Manage Intangible Assets

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    As investors increasingly reward companies for their institutional knowledge and intellectual capital, there is a growing urgency for organizations — especially their chief legal officers — to identify, protect and fully realize the value of intangible assets, says Paul Garland at Deloitte.

  • EU's AI Act: Pitfalls And Opportunities For Data Collectors

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    The European Union’s new Artificial Intelligence Act entails explicit requirements and limitations throughout the AI value chain that might affect firms directly or indirectly dealing with AI development, such as data-as-a-service companies and web scraping providers, says Denas Grybauskas at Oxylabs.

  • Potential EPO Reproducibility Ruling May Affect IP Strategies

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    A potential European Patent Office decision in referral G1/23, concerning the reproducibility criteria for patenting commercial products, may affect how disclosures are assessed as prior art and could influence how companies weigh protecting innovations as trade secrets versus patents, says Michael Stott at Mathys & Squire.

  • Tips For Companies Tapping Into Commercial Cleantech

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    A recent report from the European Patent Office and European Investment Bank examining the global financing and commercialization of cleantech innovation necessary for the green energy transition can help companies understand and solve the issues in developing and implementing the full potential of cleantech, says Eleanor Maciver at Mewburn Ellis.

  • UPC Appeal Ruling Clarifies Language Change Framework

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    In 10x Genomics v. Curio Bioscience, the Unified Patent Court recently allowed proceedings to be conducted in English, rather than German, shedding light on the framework on UPC language change applications and hopefully helping prevent future disputes, say Conor McLaughlin and Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • UK Trademark Law May Further Diverge From EU Standards

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    The recently enacted Retained EU Law Act, which removes the principle of EU law supremacy, offers a path for U.K. trademark law to distance itself even further from EU precedent — beyond the existing differences between the two trademark examination processes, say David Kemp and Michael Shaw at Marks & Clerk.

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