Intellectual Property UK

  • April 17, 2024

    Escobar TM Too Shocking For General Public, EU Court Rules

    A European court refused Wednesday to let cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar's family trademark his name because of its "highly offensive and shocking" associations with drug trafficking and narcoterrorism.

  • April 17, 2024

    Coinbase Loses EU Appeal To Bloc Rival TM

    Coinbase lost part of its bid Wednesday to stop an Estonian company bearing the same name from registering a trademark, with a European court saying the cryptocurrency platform cannot block the trademark of the Baltic state business for news services, publishing or education.

  • April 17, 2024

    Ireland Pushes Back UPC Ratification Vote

    The Irish government has pushed back the date for a referendum to decide whether it should ratify the agreement to join Europe's Unified Patent Court, citing the need for more public engagement on the matter.

  • April 17, 2024

    Chinese Vape Maker Accuses UK Co. Of Bumming Designs

    A Chinese vape maker has accused a rival of selling products that look identical to its SKE Crystal Bar, infringing its intellectual property by using the "Crystal" name and misrepresenting their vapes to British consumers.

  • April 17, 2024

    Intel Urges Court To Revoke Semiconductor's Chip Patent

    Computer processor giant Intel denied infringing the intellectual property of R2, telling a judge Wednesday that the chip patent that the semiconductor maker is trying to enforce is invalid because it represents developments already known in the industry.

  • April 17, 2024

    Toto's Toilet Patent Flushed Over Obviousness

    A Japanese toilet maker failed to secure a patent for a cleaning device placed above toilet seats, after European officials ruled that a skilled person would have eventually combined previous inventions to make its key features.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fieldfisher Goes On German Media, Tech And IP Hiring Spree

    Fieldfisher LLP has recruited 11 lawyers across its German offices, including several new partners, to boost its intellectual property offerings, and strengthen its position in the media sector.

  • April 16, 2024

    IBM Gained Most AI Patents By Far In 2023

    IBM obtained more U.S. artificial intelligence patents in 2023 than any other company, with its closest competitors falling behind by more than 300 patents, according to a Harrity Patent Analytics report announced Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Granta Can't Patent Purported Chemical Composition Checker

    Ansys Granta can't patent a system that it asserted could estimate the chemical composition of products ranging from toys to engines, as European officials have ruled that the system merely carries out math calculations based on prestored information rather than solving a technical problem.

  • April 16, 2024

    Pornhub Owner Makes Fresh Bid To Nix Dish's Patents

    Adult entertainment outfit Pornhub's parent company Aylo has hit U.S. satellite television network Dish with a claim to revoke two of the network's U.K. patents, the latest volley in the international streaming technology patent dispute between the two companies.

  • April 16, 2024

    Semiconductor Maker Accuses Intel Of Infringing Chip Patent

    Semiconductor maker R2 told a London court Tuesday that major tech rival Intel has infringed its computer chip technology, arguing that it has a valid patent over a technology that allows computer processors to avoid voltage spikes.

  • April 15, 2024

    AGA Accused Of Trying To 'Control' Aftermarket With IP Claim

    A company that makes and fits electronic conversion kits for AGA Cookers has told a London court that the high-end oven maker's copyright and trademark claim is just a bid to control aftermarket sales for its units.

  • April 15, 2024

    'MontyPay' TM Denied Due To Indirect Confusion

    Monty Global Payments stopped Monty Finance from registering a trademark with the "Monty" name after British officials ruled that there was a risk consumers would think their products were connected.

  • April 15, 2024

    Durex Maker Can't Get '4 Play' TM In EU

    A Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC unit lost its bid for trademark protection over its lubricant brand "4 Play" in the European Union, with the bloc's intellectual property authority saying that the mark is no more than an "obvious descriptive message" about the purpose of the products.

  • April 15, 2024

    Security Biz Rescues 'Smart Living Prepared' EU TM Hopes

    A security company can proceed with its "Smart Living Prepared" trademark application, after proving that consumers would not confuse the sign with a British business owner's "Smart Ready" sign, a European Union appeals panel said on Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    'Artisan' Businesses Too Different For TM Confusion

    A U.K. wholesaler of artisanal foods has beaten a challenge to the trademark for its logo by an advertising agency after the U.K. Intellectual Property Office ruled the companies have drastically different business models.

  • April 12, 2024

    Split PTAB Panel Upholds QinetiQ Fracking Patent

    A British defense contractor successfully fought off a legal challenge surrounding its patent covering a fracking device, in a ruling from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that was split three ways over the matter.

  • April 12, 2024

    CJEU Grand Chamber To Hear Patent Jurisdiction Referral

    The EU's highest court is set to hear arguments on whether a member state has authority to hear patent invalidity defenses for foreign patents, in a rare instance of a patent referral made to the court's 15-judge grand chamber.

  • April 12, 2024

    US-based MSD Broke Ban On Using 'Merck' In UK, Court Finds

    U.S.-based Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC's use of the "Merck" name on websites and social media breached the terms of a court order barring it from using the name in the U.K. to protect German drugmaker Merck KGaA's rights, a London court ruled Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    BAT Survives Vape Patent Attack Unsinged

    British American Tobacco defeated a challenge to one of its European vape patents, with officials ruling that it was innovative as previous inventions hadn't thought of obtaining pressure readings with a direct temperature sensor.

  • April 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen footwear brand Dr. Martens hit online retailer Temu with a passing off claim, Welsh soccer club Swansea sue its former head coach Russell Martin, Russian diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov file a claim against his former business Equix Group Ltd., and U.S. bank Omega Financial Corporation hit African oil and gas company Tende Energy with a claim. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 12, 2024

    6 Questions For Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose's New Chairman

    Steve Howe, Reddie & Grose LLP's new chairman, told Law360 that a growing number of clients are turning to the firm for advice on inventions that involve the use of artificial intelligence technology. Here, Howe talks about IP with Law360.

  • April 12, 2024

    Candy Crush Creator Pulverizes Rival's 'Candygame' TM

    The creator of Candy Crush has won its fight to block a rival mobile game developer from registering a "Candygame" trademark, with a European Union patent authority concluding that the rival's brand could take unfair advantage of its fame.

  • April 12, 2024

    Bayer Loses UK Protections For Billion-Dollar Blood Thinner

    A London court on Friday invalidated Bayer AG's patent for its best-selling blood thinner Xarelto, agreeing with an array of generic drugmakers that the German pharmaceutical giant had given away too much information in conference materials about the drug before seeking protections.

  • April 11, 2024

    Plus-Size Clothing Retailer Sues Over Alleged Knockoffs

    A British fashion retailer has accused a London-based garment supplier of selling knockoffs of its "Yours" and "Yours Curve" plus-size women's clothing brands with a "Yours Curvy" line of products.

Expert Analysis

  • Teva Case Aims Europe's Pharma Crackdown At IP Loophole

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    The European Commission's recent allegations against Teva signal not only the EU competition watchdog's continued focus on intellectual property violations in the pharmaceutical sector but also its new enforcement interest in exclusionary disparagement, say Robert Bell and Malgorzata Janiec at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • Determining Whether To Opt Out Of New Unified Patent Court

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    The new United Patent Court, made up of judges from all European Union member states, will cover the new unitary patent and European patents unless the owner chooses to opt out during the transition period, so patent proprietors must consider whether to opt out for each patent family, say Steffen Steininger and Anna-Katharina Friese-Okoro at Hogan Lovells.

  • 10 Things To Know About The Coming EU Unified Patent Court

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    When the Unified Patent Court opens next year, it will represent a paradigm shift for adversarial patent proceedings in Europe, and practitioners should familiarize themselves now with this new, centralized litigation system, say Fabian Koenigbauer at Ice Miller and Thomas Kronberger at Grünecker.

  • 7 Key Takeaways For Litigating Willful Patent Infringement

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    Brian Nolan and Manuel Velez at Mayer Brown explore the impact of the Federal Circuit's 2021 SRI International v. Cisco Systems decision, and six other areas recent parties have focused on when litigating willful infringement in the latest case law.

  • Trademark Ruling Brings Clarity To Product Defect Liability

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    The recent Court of Justice of the EU ruling in Fennia v. Philips, its first concerning the trademark aspect of producer liability in Article 3(1) of Directive 85/374, brings greater clarity to the question of compensation in the event of a claim for defective products, say Radboud Ribbert and Thomas van Weeren at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Appointments Shape EU Unified Patent Court Before Launch

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    A series of judiciary appointments at the EU Unified Patent Court help put the court on track for its April opening, while also reflecting a patent-friendly enforcement system, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • 5 Considerations In Preparing For EU's New Patent System

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    With the upcoming implementation of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court, Europe gets closer to its long-term goal of one EU patent that can be enforced in one court, and non-EU patent owners and applicants will have strategic decisions to make, say Fabian Koenigbauer at Ice Miller and Thomas Kronberger at Grünecker.

  • Reexamining Negative Limitations After Novartis Patent Ruling

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    The Federal Circuit's decision and denial of rehearing in Novartis v. Accord has created exacting standards that must be met in order for negative limitations in patent claims to satisfy the written description requirement, but whether the dissent is correct that the majority opinion heightened the standard is an arguable point, say Jonathan Fitzgerald and Jaime Choi at Snell & Wilmer.

  • UK Courts' 3rd-Party Disclosure Rule Sets Global Precedent

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    The quiet change about to take place in the English Civil Procedure Rules, enabling U.K. courts to require pre-action disclosure of information from overseas third parties, is uncharted territory and will have profound implications for any organization that handles assets on behalf of a party, says Simon Bushell at Seladore Legal.

  • Zara TM Ruling Shows Prefiling Clearance Is Always Advisable

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    The recent Trade Mark Tribunal decision regarding Zara and House of Zana demonstrates the importance of conducting prefiling clearance investigations, so that where opposition may be anticipated, a strategy can be put in place, says Melanie Harvey at Birketts.

  • Dutch Merger May Promote Behavioral Remedies Across EU

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    A Dutch tribunal's recent clearing of the Sanoma-Iddink deal might further encourage merging parties in the EU to offer — and government agencies to accept — behavioral remedies, which was rarer when more emphasis was put on divestments, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Will UK Address AI Patent Infringement?

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    As artificial intelligence-related patent litigation activity inevitably approaches, a review of U.K. principles of direct and indirect liability offers insight into how courts may address questions involving cloud-based technology and arguments related to training AI models, say Alexander Korenberg at Kilburn & Strode and Toby Bond at Bird & Bird.

  • Law Commission's 'Data Objects' Proposal Is Far-Reaching

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    The Law Commission’s proposals to recognize data objects as a new category of personal property would bring fundamental changes were they to be implemented, and would have significant ramifications for finance litigation, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • UK Rulings Give Chinese Courts Wide Powers In IP Disputes

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    The recent rulings in Nokia v. Oppo and Philips v. Oppo open the door for Chinese courts to adjudicate worldwide rate-setting terms for standard-essential patents, and in so doing present a timely wake-up call as to China's influence, say F. Scott Kieff at George Washington University Law School and Thomas Grant at the University of Cambridge.

  • Swatch V. Samsung Offers IP Warning To Platform Operators

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    The recent U.K. High Court decision of Swatch v. Samsung demonstrates that while platform operators may wish to exercise greater control over the apps distributed on their platforms, this carries with it a corresponding duty to apply due diligence to protect the intellectual property rights of third parties, say Alex Borthwick and William Hillson at Powell Gilbert.

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