Intellectual Property UK

  • May 01, 2024

    Game Developer Denies Copying Rival's 'Generic' Racing App

    A British game developer has hit back at its French rival in a copyright feud over the pair's mobile games, telling a London court that any similarities between the apps are nondistinctive features that don't merit protection.

  • May 01, 2024

    MPs Call For New AI Laws To Protect Music Industry

    A group of MPs said Wednesday that they are calling on Parliament to introduce tougher laws on artificial intelligence, with a focus on preventing generative AI programs from stealing from musicians and others in creative industries.

  • April 30, 2024

    Target's Bid To Register Bullseye TM In EU Misfires

    Target has failed to register a European Union trademark over its iconic red and white bullseye logo after the bloc's officials ruled that its two "banal and simple geometric shapes" weren't distinctive.

  • April 30, 2024

    Payment Co. Hits Back Over Failed Domain Name Deal

    Several payments companies and their bosses have hit back at claims by a Nuvei Group subsidiary, denying that they broke a promise to use the company's payments technology as part of a deal to use a website domain.

  • April 30, 2024

    Rival Denies Using IBM Software Secrets At London Trial

    Tech company LZLABS denied allegations that it reverse-engineered proprietary technology owned by IBM, telling a London judge Tuesday that its software was not developed using any inner workings or hidden secrets of IBM programs.

  • April 30, 2024

    Backing For Concord's $1.5B Hipgnosis Bid Falls

    Support for music rights company Concord Chorus' $1.5 billion bid for rival Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd. dropped among the latter's shareholders on Tuesday, after private equity giant Blackstone swooped in with an improved $1.6 billion offer.

  • April 30, 2024

    Mercedes-Benz Loses Race Against 'Vivo' Self-Driving Car TM

    Auto giant Mercedes-Benz has lost its bid to prevent a self-driving car company from registering its "Vivo" logo, as the U.K. intellectual property authority found that it is not meaningfully similar to Mercedes' own "Vito" brand.

  • April 29, 2024

    German Pharma Biz Can't Block Rival's 'Palmea' TM In EU

    A German pharmaceutical company can't reverse a competitor's "Palmea" trademark protections in the European Union because its earlier "mea" family of marks isn't sufficiently similar to create a risk of confusion, an appeals panel in the bloc said in a ruling made public Monday.

  • April 29, 2024

    Board Backs German Winery's Appeal Against 'Grizzly' TM

    A German winery has beaten a rival's bid to register the trademark "Grizzly" over alcohol drink preparations, with European officials ruling that the winery's earlier "Grizzly Bear" sign over spirits also covers premix ingredients.

  • April 29, 2024

    Tech Co.'s 'Fraud Fighters' TM Too Descriptive

    An antifraud tech company failed to register a trademark for "Fraud Fighters," after European officials ruled it was "nothing more than the sum of its parts" describing the goods it covered.

  • April 29, 2024

    Hotel Group Blocks Candlemaker's TM Over Confusion Risks

    A French hotel chain has persuaded the U.K.'s intellectual property office to refuse a trademark for a company selling scented candles because consumers might mistake the hotel's berry branch trademark for a line of the candlemaker's berry-scented products.

  • April 29, 2024

    IBM Targets Rival For Reverse Engineering Code At Trial

    Computer giant IBM accused European rival LzLabs at the beginning of a nine-week trial Monday of violating its consumer agreement, saying the competitor's "reverse engineering" of some of its software is a breach of contract.

  • April 29, 2024

    Hipgnosis Backs Blackstone's New $1.6B Offer In Bidding War

    Blackstone said on Monday that the directors of music rights company Hipgnosis Songs will back a new $1.6 billion offer by the private equity giant after they said they would withdraw their backing for an earlier $1.5 billion bid from a U.S. competitor, Concord Chorus.

  • April 26, 2024

    Skechers Loses Bid To Register 'Just Slip In' TM

    American sneakers giant Skechers has lost its fight to win trademark protection for its "Just Slip In" slogan, with a European patent authority appeal board concluding that the phrase merely describes the shoes.

  • April 26, 2024

    Coca-Cola Chews Up Greek Rival's 'Tsakiris' Snack TM

    A Coca-Cola subsidiary defeated a rival that wanted to register the trademark "Tsakiris" to sell cereal snacks, after a European court ruled that it would take unfair advantage of the soft drink giant's reputation in Greek potato chips.

  • April 26, 2024

    Billboard Biz Gets OK To Fight To Opt Back Into UPC System

    Billboard advertising firm Aim Sport can have another chance to challenge a ruling by the Unified Patents Court, which held that its decision to opt out of Europe's umbrella patents court system is permanent and cannot be revoked, the UPC ruled Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen budget airline Ryanair file a claim against NATS PLC after the air traffic controller's system collapsed, Mastercard and Visa Europe face group claims from Christian Dior and dozens of other beauty retailers, an intellectual property clash between the publisher of The Sun and ITV, and ISC Europe sue a former director for alleged money laundering. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 26, 2024

    Luxury Streetwear Brand Off-White Can't Block 'On White' TM

    Luxury streetwear brand Off White has failed to convince the U.K.'s intellectual property authority to block a toothpaste brand from registering its "On White" trademark, with the regulator finding that there was no likelihood that the public would confuse the two logos.

  • April 25, 2024

    Game Cheat Tools Don't Infringe Copyright, EU Advocate Says

    Third-party video game cheating software should not infringe game creators' copyright in the European Union if it only manipulates a gamer's input rather than the game's code itself, a legal adviser to the bloc's top court said Thursday amid Sony's dispute with a British gaming business.

  • April 25, 2024

    TM Applicants Must Prove Lost Reputation, EU Court Rules

    A European court said Wednesday that a trademark's reputation can be "progressively" lost over time, ruling that companies must prove another trademark's reputation has fully dwindled in order to register a similar mark in a dispute over an LVMH-owned perfume brand.

  • April 25, 2024

    Pharma R&D Biz Set To Exit London Market

    Pharmaceutical development specialist C4X Discovery Holdings PLC is set to delist from the London Stock Exchange on Friday, as it looks to go private to raise more funds amid concerns about the regulatory "burden" linked to its junior market.

  • April 25, 2024

    Jim Beam Loses TM Dispute Over 'Pinnacle' Name

    American distiller Jim Beam failed to block a trademark for "Pinnacle Gin" because a similarly branded vodka company it owns isn't on the market in the U.K.

  • April 25, 2024

    Wachtell Steers Perrigo In €275M Unit Sale To Pharma Biz

    Healthcare company Perrigo said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its pharmaceutical division for rare diseases to pharmaceutical company Esteve Healthcare SL for €275 million ($295 million) in a deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Clifford Chance LLP.

  • April 25, 2024

    Zara's Reputation Not Enough To Block 'Zarzar' TM

    Zara's owner has lost its bid to stop a U.K. trademark for "Zarzar" after the U.K. Intellectual Property Office found that any link between the high-street fashion giant and a company offering modeling services would be "fleeting and tenuous."

  • April 25, 2024

    German Pharma Biz Blocks Italian Cosmetics TM

    A European court has overturned a decision that allowed Italian cosmetic dermatology brand Pherla Medical to register a trademark for its name, ruling that the logo was too similar to that of German pharmaceuticals company Verla-Pharm Arzneimittel.

Expert Analysis

  • Barbie Deals Should Remind Brands Of IP Licensing Benefits

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    Mattel Inc.'s recent licensing of the Barbie trademark — one of the biggest licensing campaigns of recent history — illustrates that, as long as risks are managed properly, intellectual property licensing can form part of the overall business strategy and benefit both parties, say Maria Peyman and Anousha Vasantha at Birketts.

  • Lessons On Cricket Patent History And IP Protection At UPC

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    On the heels of the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe, Susan Bradley at Marks & Clerk looks at how its development is interwoven with the history of cricket, and why inventors in that field have always taken advantage of the latest developments in intellectual property protection.

  • Factors To Consider In Protecting Software With Trade Secrets

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    With trade secrets protecting subject matter that would not otherwise be eligible for a patent now a mainstay of many multinationals’ intellectual property strategies, software developers have a number of considerations in deciding whether this is a viable alternative to protect their invention, says Dave Clark at Potter Clarkson.

  • A Look At US Injunctive Relief Trends Amid UPC Chatter

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    While much remains to be seen regarding how the new EU Unified Patent Court will treat injunctive relief in practice, recent data shows that the U.S. framework may be turning in favor of injunction, despite a perception that it can be nearly impossible to obtain in the U.S., say Nirav Desai, Patrick Murray and Roberta Lam at Sterne Kessler.

  • Navigating Europe's New Game-Changing Unified Patent Court

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    Europe's recently opened Unified Patent Court has ushered in a new era in patent law focused on the power of provisional relief, and adapting to both broad protections and compressed timelines is essential for plaintiffs and defendants alike, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Copyright Trial Defense Tips From 'Thinking Out Loud' Case

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    The twofold defense strategy that earned Ed Sheeran his recent "Thinking Out Loud" copyright trial victory revealed the strength of a musician's testimony, the importance of a consistent narrative and the power of public policy arguments when combating infringement claims, say Jonathan Phillips and Latrice Burks at Larson.

  • Getty Case Will Be Pivotal For Generative AI Copyright Issues

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    The Getty v. Stability AI litigation in the U.K. and U.S. raises legal ambiguities on who owns generative artificial intelligence output, and the outcomes will set a major precedent on copyright practices for businesses in both countries and beyond, say Victoria Albrecht at Springbok AI and Mark O'Conor at DLA Piper.

  • Global M&A Outlook: Slow But Moving Along

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    Global merger and acquisition markets had a tough start to the year, with inflation, rising interest rates and the Ukraine conflict knocking sentiment, but in the macroeconomic, deal makers have continued to unearth pockets of activity to keep deal volumes ticking over, say lawyers at White & Case.

  • Emmentaler Case Elucidates Recipe For EU Food Trademarks

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    In light of the EU General Court recently rejecting the Emmentaler cheese trademark application for lacking distinctive character and not meeting the geographical indication requirements, producers must ensure to protect their trade names before they become commercially generic, says Lars Karnoe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Unified Patent Court Advantages Leave US Trailing Behind

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    Amplifying the shortcomings of litigation in the U.S., including inter partes reviews that significantly threaten the validity of patents, the recently launched Unified Patent Court regime will put further pressure on American legislators and add to Europe's attractiveness as a litigation venue, say lawyers at Sisvel and Franzosi Dal Negro.

  • The Path Forward For Blockchain Patents In The UK And EU

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    The U.K. Intellectual Property Office's recent refusal of an IGT patent application highlights that certain blockchain innovations, including those relating to improved security, are more likely to be patentable than others, which is consistent with the overall European approach and available data, says Andrew Rudhall at Haseltine Lake.

  • USPTO's Speed On Some China Patents Bears A Closer Look

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    While all U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expedited programs are meant to be examined in the same manner, a survey of Patent Prosecution Highway actions indicates some examination processes may favor applications originating in China, says Julie Burke at IP Quality Pro.

  • French And UK Patent Litigation Will Likely Influence The UPC

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    The newly opened Unified Patent Court represents a seismic, yet untested, change to how patent litigation is conducted within Europe, and the practices of French and U.K. courts may play a role in its development, including on issues such as saisies and document production, say lawyers at Gowling.

  • AI-Fueled Innovation Poses Patentability Challenges

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    Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP explores questions about standards for inventorship, nonobviousness and disclosure as patent practitioners, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the courts grapple with rapid innovation in AI technology.

  • Benefits Of Unified Patent Court Compared To Local Litigation

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    Recently opened for business, the Unified Patent Court offers a faster, cheaper and more streamlined solution to handle patent disputes compared to EU countries and the U.S., and could become the most important forum for patent litigation in Europe, if not worldwide, say lawyers at McDermott.

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