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23 July 2018

Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register

In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will be automatic and free-of-charge.

26 June 2018

Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we take a look at how brands are embracing robot influencers, insights on how to combat malicious imposters, and much more.

07 June 2018

New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.

10 April 2018

Advocate general considers use of trademarks in calls for tenders

The EU advocate general has given his opinion in VAR v Iveco. Although the case concerned the interpretation of Directive 2004/17 on public procurement, the entire case rests on a trademark issue.

06 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

28 March 2018

ECJ issues preliminary ruling on designs solely dictated by technical functions

In DOCERAM GmbH v CeramTec GmbH the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 8(1) of Regulation 6/2002.

20 March 2018

Brexit agreement paves way for new unregistered design right, addresses treatment of trademarks

​​​​​​​The European Commission has published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. We speak with an expert about the trademark implications of this latest development.

06 March 2018

American-made Scotch Whisky? Spotlight placed on the future of GI rights post-Brexit

​​​​​​​The status of geographical indications after the UK leaves the European Union has become a hot button issue over the past few days. Front-page reports suggest US lobbyists are calling for the UK to drop GI protections – a scenario one expert tells us is not unrealistic.

27 February 2018

No Brexit talk between IP offices, Scooby Doo infringement and Syria establishes trademark court: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look the latest IP case data from Saudi Arabia, the establishment of a trademark court in Syria, and warnings over counterfeit security certificates.

20 February 2018

“Cybercriminals could be the biggest fans of GDPR”: new warning over WHOIS policy

An industry expert warns that cybercriminals “anywhere in the world” could become fans of the European Union's GDPR legislation. For that reason, he urges stakeholders to be aware of the substance of the law's protections.

08 January 2018

IP organisations team up to push Brexit agenda; transition predicted to take “several years”

​​​​​​​Bodies representing IP solicitors, barristers and chartered trademark and patent attorneys have teamed up to urge the UK government to address key IP concerns related to Brexit urgently. 

05 December 2017

CITMA calls for clarity and action from UK government to protect IP business following Brexit

The Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys has published a new report which identifies the impact that Brexit could have on UK businesses and the legal profession in relation to IP rights. 

29 November 2017

European Commission unveils plans for IP Market Watch List, a major new tool in the fight against fakes

​​​​​​​The European Commission has presented a series of measures designed to ensure that IP rights are better protected, in a bid to spur innovation and creativity in EU-based companies. 

28 November 2017

Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday having kick-started the online shopping season, government agencies and associated organisations have stepped up their anti-counterfeiting messaging and enforcement efforts.