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  • Knowledge Bank

    Knowledge Bank

Keen to help our clients keep up with the ever-changing field of patents and trade marks, we produce a series of guides and briefing papers on the topics which we feel will be of most use to you. If there’s something in particular you would like to see covered here, please get in touch and let us know.

UK and EU Registered Designs – Factsheet

A registered design is a monopoly right which can protect the overall appearance of the whole or a part of a product. A registered design is additional to any unregistered design right or copyright protection that may exist automatically in a design. The 3D appearance of a product such as shape and configuration, as well […]

PCT and Foreign Patent Applications – Factsheet

A UK patent can be enforced only in relation to commercial activities which take place in the UK. If you wish your invention to be protected overseas, then it is necessary to file patent applications abroad. In many cases overseas patent applications are filed at the end of a “priority year” which starts with the […]

European Patent Applications – Factsheet

European patent applications A European patent can provide protection for an invention in up to 38 countries. What is a European patent application, and why do I want one? A patent is a legal monopoly giving the inventor (or their company) of a new and useful device or process the right to stop third parties […]

UK Court Of Appeal Rules on Colour Trade Marks

A recent action brought by Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd and Glaxo Group Ltd (Glaxo) against Defendant, Sandoz Ltd (Sandoz) backfired when the UK Court of Appeal found in Sandoz favour, holding that Glaxo’s colour registration was invalid. Background This case concerned an action brought by Glaxo against Sandoz for infringement of its EU colour trade […]

Trade Mark Registrations – Factsheet

A trade mark registration protects your brand from unauthorised use and guarantees your freedom to continue using your trade mark. Most countries have a recognised trade mark registration system and we are experienced in obtaining registrations worldwide. What is a trade mark? A trade mark is a sign which, when used in the course of […]

UK Patent Applications – Factsheet

UK patents protect novel and inventive products and processes from unauthorised manufacture, sale, import or use in the UK. What is a patent, and why do I want one? A patent is a legal monopoly giving the inventor (or their company) of a new and useful device or process the right to stop third parties […]

Diesel wins EU General Court Appeal on its Mark

Diesel S.P.A (Diesel), Proprietor of the “D” logo depicted below on the left, opposed clothing brand Sprinter Megacentros Del Deporte SL’s (Sprinter) European Union Application for the “D” logo depicted on the right. Diesel’s Registration                           Sprinter’s Application (EU000583708)                                                      (EU011404019) Diesel challenged Sprinter’s application on the basis that a likelihood of confusion existed between the […]

Unjustified Threats Bill comes into Force

On 1 October 2017, the IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 came into force. This new legislation provides clarification on the law of threats, which was previously complicated and inconsistent across IP rights. These changes are aimed at preventing parties from unfairly threatening businesses with allegations of infringement. These changes also provide guidance on how to […]

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