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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. 

17 November 2017

MARQUES hits out at UK government inaction, urges EUIPO and UKIPO to begin Brexit talks

​​​​​​​MARQUES has laid out a series of recommendations for the treatment of IP rights in a post-Brexit world, and expressed frustration over the UK government’s “complete silence” on the issue.

08 November 2017

EUIPO publishes second study on online business models which infringe IP rights

The EUIPO has published the results of research into trademark infringing e-shops that utilise previously used domain names.

06 November 2017

EU/US disagreements highlighted as USPTO rejects inclusion of intellectual property in Hague Convention

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced its opposition to the inclusion of IP law in the proposed Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.

24 October 2017

ICANN under pressure over GDPR preparations, as future of WHOIS is mired in uncertainty

ICANN has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system.

09 October 2017

Most eagerly-awaited decision in GI case law

The European Court of Justice recently delivered its judgment in Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto v EU Intellectual Property Office. It overturned the EU General Court and held that the law on geographical indications (GIs) is governed solely by EU law, meaning that national laws cannot supplement or alter the level of protection of GIs.