The impact of a no-deal Brexit on trade marks and designs

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
14 Aug 2019

In March this year, the deadline for the UK to leave the EU was extended to 31 October 2019. While the overall legal consequences of Brexit are still.

USPTO changes rules of representation for overseas trade mark applicants

Andy King

Andy King
12 Aug 2019

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has recently changed the rules regarding the need for overseas trade mark applicants to be represented by.

Speeding things up at the EPO

Eleanor Maciver

Eleanor Maciver
07 Aug 2019

There are many reasons why an applicant may wish to speed up the prosecution of an application. For example, an applicant may want a patent granted.

Kimono controversy – can you trade mark culturally sensitive names?

Andy King

Andy King
31 Jul 2019

Kim Kardashian West has recently sparked controversy after announcing the launch of her new underwear line, “Kimono Solutionwear”.  The release has.

New European spirit drinks regulation EU 2019/787

Dydra Donath

Dydra Donath
24 Jul 2019

Dydra Donath breaks down the new regulation the EU has placed on spirit drink trademarks. Article originally published in the Trademark Lawyer. Read.

A Myriad of effects

Emily Hayes

Emily Hayes
05 Jul 2019

Even though the decision in Myriad is now 6 years old and there have been several follow-on cases, the general principles still hold true. Here, Emily.

Three-stripes and you’re out: Adidas lose trade mark battle

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
21 Jun 2019

Adidas’ famed three-stripe logo has been deemed as lacking “distinctive character”. The General Court of the European Union (EGC) upheld the decision.

Glen Buchenbach - Scotch whisky?

Dydra Donath

Dydra Donath
20 May 2019

Originally published in The Trademark Lawyer, Dydra Donath discusses the recent CJEU decision on the long-running battle between TSWA and Germany.

Update: implications for oppositions based upon earlier UK rights after Brexit

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
18 Apr 2019

Following the granting of a further extension of the deadline for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), the European Union Intellectual Property.

Babybel trade mark blow

Rebecca Anderson-Smith

Rebecca Anderson-Smith
03 Apr 2019

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has dealt a blow to the owners of Babybel cheese, Fromageries Bel, as they have declared their UK trade.

Numbering system for re-registered design rights and comparable trade marks

Robert Watson

Robert Watson
21 Mar 2019

The UK enacted the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 which provides the basis for how EU law will be converted into national law, and provides that all existing.

Former CITMA President Kate O’Rourke to head our European trade mark services

Maria Hall

Maria Hall
11 Mar 2019

We are delighted to announce that Kate O’Rourke will join the firm on 1 April 2019.   

Numbering system for comparable UK trade marks post Brexit

Robert Watson

Robert Watson
22 Feb 2019

The UK enacted the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 which provides the basis for how EU law will be converted into national law, and provides that all existing.

Brexit: draft withdrawal agreement rejected

Robert Watson

Robert Watson
16 Jan 2019

Despite the continued uncertainty caused by the rejection of the draft withdrawal agreement by the UK Parliament on the evening of 15 January 2019,.

Pending EU Trade Marks: what next?

Edmund Harrison

Edmund Harrison
12 Dec 2018

Following the UK Brexit referendum in June 2016, there has been much discussion about the future of EU wide IP rights, including the EU Trade Mark.

Significant blow to Cadbury in purple trade mark battle

Rebecca Anderson-Smith

Rebecca Anderson-Smith
06 Dec 2018

Cadbury has been dealt a blow by the Court of Appeal in its battle to maintain its trade mark for the colour purple which it uses across all of its.

Brexit: IP update from the draft Political Declaration

Robert Watson

Robert Watson
22 Nov 2018

The draft Political Declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the UK was published on 22 November 2018.

Brexit: what does the draft withdrawal agreement mean for IP?

Robert Watson

Robert Watson
15 Nov 2018

A further step towards a withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU27 occurred on 14 November 2018 with the publication of the fully negotiated version.

Navigating the Brexit landscape: trade marks

Dydra Donath

Dydra Donath
27 Sep 2018

Continue what you’re already doing is the simple message here i.e. keep filing European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs). It may make sense to consider filing.