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X Marks the Spot in IP BattleNovember 16, 2017

Trade marks are jealously protected by their owners. A recent case shows how even seemingly uncontroversial trade marks can be found to infringe existing trade...

Use It or Lose ItNovember 3, 2017

Having a trade mark is all well and good, but a recent case should serve as a reminder that failing to use trade marks may...

Place Name Trade Mark Prevents ConfusionAugust 31, 2017

Newspapers periodically contain stories about the restrictions on use of terms that are geographically well known, for example the restriction on the use of the...

Shape Change Not InventiveJuly 26, 2017

For a patent to be valid, it is not sufficient that it is simply something new. There has to be an inventive step over the...

Internet Search Confusion Not Enough for Trade Mark InfringementJune 30, 2017

Argos is a well-known retailer in the UK and owns its trade name. However, the argos.com web domain is owned by a US company which...

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Guide to the Technology and Construction Court

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has issued updated guidance to assist those engaged in litigation bound for the TCC. This takes into account developments in...

ICO ‘Must Do’ Data Protection Guide

  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to protecting personal data, ' which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to...

Intellectual Property: Who Owns It?

One of the biggest sources of disputes in industries based on innovation is a difference of opinion about who owns the intellectual property (IP) created...

IPO Guidance on Brexit

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a guide on how intellectual property (IP) law is likely to be affected following Britain's withdrawal from the...

Patent Searches

Checking for existing patents in force is easy (and free) if you use the UK Intellectual Property Office's (UKIPO) patent databases which are accessible online....

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