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21 October 2009

Yet another BUDWEISER dispute heads to ECJ

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has referred yet another dispute over the BUDWEISER mark to the ECJ. The court is calling for clarification on how far EU trademark law permits concurrent use of the same mark by two different parties.

08 October 2009

Virgin fails to prevent registration of VIRGIN mark

A hearing officer at the UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected Virgin Enterprises Ltd's opposition against the registration of the mark YOU CAN’T BE A VIRGIN ALL YOUR LIFE ITS TIME, thereby allowing the registration of the first mark containing the word 'virgin' that is wholly unconnected with the Virgin group.

01 October 2009

UK takes lead in national office innovation race

The UK Intellectual Property Office today launches a raft of new measures in a bid to secure its place as a leader in the national registration market.

17 September 2009

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE opposition fails

In In the matter of Application 2387842 by Fabergé Ltd, a hearing officer of the UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected an opposition brought by Danjaq LLC, the owner of the rights in the James Bond films, against Fabergé Ltd’s application for the registration of the mark FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.

09 September 2009

France Telecom/Deutsche Telekom co-branding strategy revealed

Details describing the "coexistence" of the two UK mobile phone brands to be merged in a proposed joint venture between France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have surfaced. There is no indication of what the merger will mean for the trademark teams or practices at the respective companies, Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.

07 July 2009

UK IPO changes should lead to quicker and cheaper registration

After close consultation with a number of industry bodies, the UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a series of changes it hopes will speed up the process of registration.

03 July 2009

IP practice at Clifford Chance under review

Clifford Chance has told WTR that it is reviewing the future of its IP practice. But the firm has denied widespread rumours that it is considering abandoning intellectual property as a work area.

02 July 2009

Divergent approaches render action unsuitable for summary judgment

In Daimler AG v Sany Group Co Ltd, the High Court has dismissed Daimler AG's application for summary judgment in a dispute over the use of a three-pointed device. The case highlights the divergent approaches taken by the UK Intellectual Property Office and OHIM to class headings.

08 April 2009

UK IPO job cuts put trademark registration at risk

The UK IPO is slashing up to 100 jobs as a result of a downturn in filings. The cuts risk undoing years of hard work to improve the speed of the registry.

09 December 2008

London’s police force announces trademark licensing plans

London's Metropolitan Police Service has issued the first licence for its NEW SCOTLAND YARD mark for use on a variety of branded merchandise.

02 December 2008

UK IPO rebrands with new web services

The UK Intellectual Property Office has unveiled its new logo and website, which now has a dedicated area for professional users.

24 November 2008

Application for summary judgment dismissed in CROCODILE Case

In Crocodile International Private Ltd v La Chemise Lacoste, the chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales has rejected Crocodile International Private Ltd’s application for summary judgment in a case concerning the revocation of La Chemise Lacoste’s CROCODILE mark on the grounds of lack of genuine use.

21 November 2008

Liverpool Football Club abandons liver bird application

Liverpool Football Club has agreed to withdraw its application to register an element of its club crest that is seen to be in the public domain after loud opposition from the city council.

19 November 2008

City council attacks Liverpool Football Club over trademark application

Liverpool Football Club is tackling criticism from local politicians over its application to register one element of its club crest.

25 September 2008

New Trademarks Rules to come into force

The new Trademarks Rules 2008 will come into force on October 1 2008. One of the main changes is that the opposition period will be reduced from a fixed period of three months to two months, with the possibility for a party considering opposition of requesting an additional month to file an opposition at the end of the two-month period.