• 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 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 […]

Proposed Fee Changes at the UKIPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office has proposed changes to fees relating to UK patent applications and patents. As part of the process, the UKIPO ran a consultation on changes to statutory fees from April to June 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly the feedback on the proposed fee increases was mixed. The UKIPO has now responded to the […]

UK Unregistered Design Rights (UDR)

Neptune v DeVOL Kitchens [2017] EWHC 2172 A lesson in relying on unregistered design protection. UK Unregistered Design Rights (UDR) UK UDR grants an owner the right to prevent unauthorised copying of a particular design in the UK. No formal registration process is required, unlike with registered forms of protection, like Registered Designs. UK UDR […]

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 […]

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 […]

Structure of a Patent Application

Drafting a new patent application for an invention can be a complex process, because it involves taking cutting-edge scientific concepts and placing them in a legal framework. For this reason, as patent attorneys, we are very reliant on inventors to review the drafts that we have prepared and let us know where changes need to be […]

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