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27 November 2018

Leicester City scores win against Leeds in trademark dispute, but misfires in bad faith claim

Recent English Premier League champions Leicester City FC has been successful in a trademark opposition against lower league Leeds City FC.

21 November 2018

Court of Appeal provides guidance on targeting and unfair advantage in appeal by Argos Ltd

In Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has appeared to take a broad view of when a website targets the United Kingdom. However, this was tempered somewhat by the court's findings in respect of unfair advantage.

20 November 2018

“Whatever Brexit looks like, it’s going to cost businesses money”: exclusive interview with Antony Douglass of Specsavers

Antony Douglass, legal director at Specsavers, sits down with WTR to explain the benefits of in-sourced portfolio management, reflects on Brexit, restricted WHOIS, and much more.

15 November 2018

“No clarity on continued rights of representation”: trademark experts have their say on the draft Brexit withdrawal text

While uncertainty over the future of the agreed Brexit withdrawal text remains, the 585-page document provides crucial insight into the planned treatment of intellectual property – including rights of representation, exhaustion and the cost-free cloning of rights.

13 November 2018

Good news on costs but Brexit hearing suggests slow progress on issue of EUIPO representation

In an evidence session focused on UK plans for the treatment of intellectual property post-Brexit, the ‘no cost’ transfer of EU trademark rights to the national register was reconfirmed. However, big questions remain over EUIPO representation and the future GIs regime.

09 November 2018

Important changes to Trademarks Act and Rules due January 2019 – what you need to know

The UK Trademarks Act and Rules are due to change following the implementation by the UK Intellectual Property Office of Directive 2015/2436. This update highlights the various changes due to come into effect in January 2019.

07 November 2018

Hasbro retains MONOPOLY trademark

The registrar of the UK Intellectual Property Office has dismissed an application to revoke Hasbro’s trademark registration for MONOPOLY on the ground that the mark had not been put to genuine use.

02 October 2018

“The EUIPO should lead on enforcement” – trademark community reacts to Archambeau appointment

National IP offices within the European Union, key trademark associations and leading filing law firms in the EU react to the appointment of Christian Archambeau as the new executive director of the EUIPO.

25 September 2018

UK confirms post-Brexit trademark plans; ambiguities and uncertainties remain

UK government releases a swathe of technical notices that set out likely scenarios in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’. When it comes to trademark and design rights, significant questions remain.

21 September 2018

Deep dive into Apple counterfeit fight, Skripal poison pair trademark, and most valuable UK brands: news round-up

In our latest edition, we look at China and Singapore partnering up for an IP initiative, another trademark scam highlighted, a German court dealing a blow to ICANN, and much more.

18 September 2018

<strong>Get the inside track on cost-effectively managing trademark portfolios</strong>

WTR is pleased to announce that Managing Trademark Assets Europe will be heading to London on 28 January 2019. The event will present cutting-edge strategies for the creation, protection and monetisation of strong brands.

18 September 2018

Crazy or canny? Tesco trademark ‘misstep’ may actually be a conscious commercial decision

Supermarket chain Tesco has been the focus of media coverage due to the lack of registered trademark protection for its new discount store brand Jack's, a move described as “absolute madness”. However, the reality is a more nuanced.

15 September 2018

Social media buy-and-sell groups to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting initiative backed by UK government

A new programme has been developed in the UK to create greater awareness amongst the administrators of 'buy-and-sell' social media groups about their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods.

13 September 2018

<em>Massimo Osti v Global Design</em>: should a claim be issued in the IPEC or the High Court?  

The decision in Massimo Osti v Global Design shows that the choice of bringing a case in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court or the High Court of England and Wales is not always within the control of the claimant.

10 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, any legal or natural person can apply for registered trademark protection, provided they declare that the mark is being used by them, or with their consent, or there is a genuine intention to use the mark for the goods and services specified.