Intellectual Property UK

  • June 17, 2024

    Huawei Slams Netgear's 'Tenuous' RICO Case

    Huawei has responded to a racketeering and antitrust case from a major U.S. maker of Wi-Fi routers by calling it "rife with tenuous legal and factual claims" and comparing its reworking of patent infringement allegations to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's failed antitrust case against Qualcomm.

  • June 17, 2024

    Supplements Biz Loses Appeal For 'Biogena Moments' TM

    A maker of food supplements has lost its bid to register its "Biogena Moments" trademark after an appellate panel at the European Union's intellectual property authority found the brand was not recognizable enough to set it apart from a rival's products.

  • June 17, 2024

    Tech Co. Loses Bid For Automatic Payments Patent In UK

    A payments software company cannot protect its automatic payments system with a patent in the U.K. because it relates solely to a method of doing business, intellectual property officials have ruled.

  • June 17, 2024

    Nestlé Can't Nix Patent For Milk Allergy-Prevention Formula

    Nestlé has failed in its bid to nix a rival's patent for a supplement to help prevent dietary protein allergies after European officials ruled that an amendment restricting its effects to milk proteins made it worthy of protection.

  • June 17, 2024

    Fintech Biz Beats 'Scrypto' TM Challenge At UKIPO

    A fintech company has kept hold of its "Scrypto" trademarks in the U.K. after intellectual property officials ruled that the word is not a "customary" computer programming term.

  • June 14, 2024

    Meta Halts AI Tech Debut In EU After Regulatory Backlash

    Meta Platforms Inc. said Friday that it was putting on hold plans to expand its artificial intelligence offerings to the European market after the Irish privacy regulator raised concerns about the company's efforts to use public content posted on Facebook and Instagram to fuel these models.

  • June 14, 2024

    Top Court To Face Tough IP Questions On Post-Kitchin Bench

    The appellate courts will continue to be plagued by tough questions about intellectual property law unless Parliament intervenes after the election, experts told Law360, as artificial intelligence and complex questions about technology and ownership of inventions continue to percolate up towards the top courts.

  • June 14, 2024

    CMS Blunder Costs Nestlé Its 'Crunch' TM In The UK

    Nestlé has lost its "Crunch" trademark protection in the U.K. after officials ruled the company's lawyers at CMS had no valid excuse for filing a key document late.

  • June 14, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 14, 2024

    EasyGroup Says Charity Platform Website Breached Its TM

    The parent group of the easyJet budget airline said on the first day of trial Friday that an online fundraising platform for charities' use of "easy" at the start of its name could lead customers to confuse it with EasyGroup Ltd. 's trademark.

  • June 14, 2024

    Bitcoin 'Inventor' Drops Case Against Software Developers

    Lawyers for the man who failed to prove he invented bitcoin told a London court on Friday that he has dropped a case brought by his company against software developers as it also turned on his claim to be the pseudonymous inventor of the virtual currency.

  • June 13, 2024

    Labour, Tories Tout AI Innovation While Skirting IP Concerns

    Both major parties have vowed in their election manifestos to position the U.K. at the forefront of artificial intelligence development and to use the technology to bolster public services, but they largely ignored complaints that developers have run roughshod over intellectual property rights.

  • June 13, 2024

    Shakespeare Martineau-Led Armor Biz Buys Rival's IP Assets

    A Shakespeare Martineau LLP-led armor manufacturer has secured a rival company's intellectual property portfolio after it entered administration earlier this year, the law firm said Thursday.

  • June 13, 2024

    Uber Wipes Out Cleaning Co.'s 'UberPro' TM

    Uber convinced U.K. intellectual property officials to throw out a Swedish cleaning company's "UberPro" trademark, with the intellectual property body concluding that customers' negative experiences with the cleaning business could damage the ride-hailing giant's reputation.

  • June 13, 2024

    Meta Facing Complaint Over Plans To Train AI With User Data

    A Norwegian consumer protection group has hit Meta with a legal challenge over its plans to deploy its users' data — including images and posts — to train artificial intelligence models.

  • June 13, 2024

    Influencer Style Platform Loses Screenshot Linking Patent

    An influencer shopping platform cannot patent a screenshot-analyzing method that gives users links for the advertised shirts or heels displayed in the pictures, after European officials ruled it was adding in extra features that weren't in the original application.

  • June 13, 2024

    Samsung Polishes Off Cleaning Robot Patent Protests At EPO

    Samsung has beaten a challenge to the validity of its European patent over a cleaning robot, convincing an appeals panel that the design adopted multiple sensors in a way that wasn't obvious.

  • June 12, 2024

    Nike 'Footware' TM Too Descriptive To Defeat Puma Challenge

    Nike cannot resurrect its trademark for the phrase "footware," a European Union court ruled on Wednesday, siding with rival Puma that the word was too descriptive to warrant intellectual property protections.

  • June 12, 2024

    Anheuser's TM 'Ultra' No More As EU Court Sides With Amstel

    Amstel on Wednesday was successful in persuading a European Union court to overturn a ruling that Anheuser-Busch's "Ultra" beer trademark is distinctive, proving that it's a generic term that does not merit protection.

  • June 12, 2024

    Sony Music Unit Sued By Label Over Viral TikTok Hit

    Sony Music unit Ministry of Sound Records has been hit with a copyright claim by a U.K. record label for releasing a version of artist Jay Sean's 2008 hit "Ride It" after a DJ's remake went viral on TikTok.

  • June 12, 2024

    Tour De France Loses Fight Against Gym's 'Tour De X' TM

    The organizer of the Tour de France cycle race lost its challenge against a German gym chain's "Tour de X" trademark Wednesday, after a European court ruled that many cycling competitions use the words "tour de."

  • June 12, 2024

    Google's GPay TM Gets Declined In Europe

    Google lost its appeal on Wednesday after seeking to revive its "GPay" trademark for electronic payment services as a European court ruled that a Bulgarian rival had already cornered the digital market with "ePay."

  • June 11, 2024

    Lenovo Knocks Bid To 'Treble' Payment For SEPs

    Lenovo hit back at InterDigital's contentions that a landmark patent ruling underestimated what the Chinese company should pay to license its essential wireless technology patents, claiming that the bid to "essentially triple" the sum should be thrown out.

  • June 11, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Loses Fight To Dodge $160M Virgin Royalties

    Alaska Airlines lost its fight against Virgin on Tuesday to avoid paying $160 million in royalties, with a London appeals court ruling that the carrier still had to pay even if it did not use Virgin's branding.

  • June 11, 2024

    Nike Loses Appeal Against Geox Boomerang-Shaped TM

    Nike failed to stop Geox from registering a boomerang-shaped trademark after European officials rejected the sportswear giant's arguments that the shape was too simple and didn't send buyers a message about the goods' origin.

Expert Analysis

  • F1 Driver AI Case Sheds Light On Winning Tactics In IP Suits

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    A German court recently awarded damages to former F1 driver Michael Schumacher's family in an artificial intelligence dispute over the unlicensed use of his image, illustrating how athletes are using the law to protect their brands, and setting a precedent in other AI-generated image rights cases, William Bowyer at Lawrence Stephens.

  • Cos. Increasingly Must Protect And Manage Intangible Assets

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    As investors increasingly reward companies for their institutional knowledge and intellectual capital, there is a growing urgency for organizations — especially their chief legal officers — to identify, protect and fully realize the value of intangible assets, says Paul Garland at Deloitte.

  • EU's AI Act: Pitfalls And Opportunities For Data Collectors

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    The European Union’s new Artificial Intelligence Act entails explicit requirements and limitations throughout the AI value chain that might affect firms directly or indirectly dealing with AI development, such as data-as-a-service companies and web scraping providers, says Denas Grybauskas at Oxylabs.

  • Potential EPO Reproducibility Ruling May Affect IP Strategies

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    A potential European Patent Office decision in referral G1/23, concerning the reproducibility criteria for patenting commercial products, may affect how disclosures are assessed as prior art and could influence how companies weigh protecting innovations as trade secrets versus patents, says Michael Stott at Mathys & Squire.

  • Tips For Companies Tapping Into Commercial Cleantech

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    A recent report from the European Patent Office and European Investment Bank examining the global financing and commercialization of cleantech innovation necessary for the green energy transition can help companies understand and solve the issues in developing and implementing the full potential of cleantech, says Eleanor Maciver at Mewburn Ellis.

  • UPC Appeal Ruling Clarifies Language Change Framework

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    In 10x Genomics v. Curio Bioscience, the Unified Patent Court recently allowed proceedings to be conducted in English, rather than German, shedding light on the framework on UPC language change applications and hopefully helping prevent future disputes, say Conor McLaughlin and Nina O'Sullivan at Mishcon de Reya.

  • UK Trademark Law May Further Diverge From EU Standards

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    The recently enacted Retained EU Law Act, which removes the principle of EU law supremacy, offers a path for U.K. trademark law to distance itself even further from EU precedent — beyond the existing differences between the two trademark examination processes, say David Kemp and Michael Shaw at Marks & Clerk.

  • How Clinical Trials Affect Patentability In US And Europe

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    A comparison of recent U.S. and European patent decisions — concerning the effect of disclosures in clinical trials on the patentability of products — offers guidance on good practice for companies dealing with public use issues and prior art documents in these commercially important jurisdictions, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • Breaking Down The EPO's Revised Practice Guidelines

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    The European Patent Office's updated guidelines for examination recently took effect and include significant changes related to the priority right presumption, the concept of plausibility and artificial intelligence, providing invaluable insight on obtaining patents from the office, say lawyers at Finnegan.

  • UK Amazon Ruling Spotlights TM Rights In International Sales

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    Highlighting the conflict between the territorial nature of trademark rights and the borderless nature of the internet, the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision — that Amazon's U.S. website could infringe EU and U.K. rights by targeting local buyers — offers guidance on navigating trademark rights in relation to online sales, say Emmy Hunt, Mark Kramer and Jordan Mitchell at Potter Clarkson.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Design Rights Can Build IP Protection, EU Lego Ruling Shows

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    The EU General Court's recent ruling in Delta Sport v. EU Intellectual Property Office — that Lego's registered community design for a building block was valid — helps clarify when technically dictated designs can enjoy IP protection, and demonstrates how companies can strategically use design rights to protect and enhance their market position, says Christoph Moeller at Mewburn Ellis.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Patent Plausibility Uncertainty Persists, EPO Petition Shows

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    While a recent petition for review at the European Patent Office — maintaining that the Board of Appeal misapplied the Enlarged Board of Appeal's order on whether a patent is "plausible" — highlights the continued uncertainty surrounding the plausibility concept, the outcome could provide useful guidance on the interpretation of orders, say lawyers at Finnegan.

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