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02 May 2019

Gleissner companies owe 37% of all unpaid costs at UKIPO since 2018, research reveals

Research from WTR finds that entities related to serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner owe costs in nearly 30 separate UK legal cases, accounting for 37% of all unpaid costs at the UK Intellectual Property Office since the start of 2018. 

30 April 2019

Creating efficiencies in a data-dominated world: inside GSK’s cross-functional IP services division

Sophie Bodet, vice president of legal brand protection and IP services at GSK, tells WTR about how recent collaborations between the patent and brand teams have delivered tangible efficiencies to the wider business – evidencing the return on investment of internal cooperation.

26 April 2019

Trademark Premier League: Manchester United crowned 2019 champions, as Messi pulls ahead of Neymar

With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club. 

24 April 2019

Another blow for HBO as opposition against GAME OF VAPES fails

Game of Thrones producer HBO has suffered another defeat before the UK Intellectual Property Office: following on from a decision in which registration of GAME OF STONES was allowed for beer, the office has rejected HBO’s opposition against GAME OF VAPES for tobacco products.

08 April 2019

Appointed person serves final decision in tea dispute

A trademark dispute between luxury tea companies Mariage Frères and TWG Tea Company over the mark SAKURA SAKURA! in the United Kingdom has been settled by a decision of the appointed person.

01 April 2019

Trump defeats Gleissner in trademark case; UKIPO warns activity risks bringing entire system into disrepute

A trademark for the term TRUMP TV, owned by “infamous trademark troll” Michael Gleissner, has been rejected. As part of the case, the comptroller general of the UK registry decried Gleissner’s “gaming” of the trademark system.

28 March 2019

High Court revokes Easygroup’s EASYOFFICE marks for non-use

In a blow to Easygroup, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld the decision of a UKIPO hearing officer revoking two EASYOFFICE marks for non-use.

28 March 2019

How Signify’s IP team undertook its global rebrand from Philips Lighting: exclusive interview

Senior IP counsel Joeri Mombers provides a detailed insider’s view of lighting giant Signify's "once in a lifetime" trademark project.

13 March 2019

Don't panic? What the UK government’s second major Brexit defeat means for trademark owners

UK prime minister Theresa May suffered a second catastrophic defeat in as many months as the House of Commons rejected her Brexit deal last night. We take a look at what this latest development means for trademark owners.

04 March 2019

New Brexit guidelines give reassurance to rights holders, but attorneys’ rights remain uncertain

New guidelines reaffirm the UK's commitment to protecting existing EU trademarks and to recognising the priority date of pending European applications. But UK attorneys remain none the wiser about their EUIPO rights of representation.

28 February 2019

"Bye Bye Bye, Bye Babybel": Sainsbury's obtains cancellation of Babybel red wax mark

Fromageries Bel, the maker of Babybel and owner of a UK trademark consisting of a three-dimensional round wax coating with the colour limited to red, has had its trademark cancelled following a successful invalidation claim filed by Sainsbury’s.

28 February 2019

How to manage brands at a technology licensing company – exclusive interview with Arm’s David Llewellyn

Arm Holdings’ head of trademarks explains how he made the company’s brand function more visible to colleagues and licensing partners, and why he is a strong advocate of bringing trademark work in-house.

01 February 2019

Asahi’s acquisition of Fuller’s shows value of brands in overseas expansion

This Japanese company's purchase is only one of a number of deals in the industry, with key players bolstering their premium beer portfolios.

16 January 2019

Sky skewers Samsung in 'Q' case

The UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld an opposition filed by Sky, the owner of a figurative mark intended to be seen as ‘Q’, against the registration by Samsung of a mark representing the letter ‘Q’.

08 January 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: United Kingdom

There is a clear legal distinction between the ‘monopoly right’ in a registered design and the ‘right to prevent copying’ of an unregistered design.