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  • Top five Brexit priorities – critiquing the UK IP profession’s view

    January 10, 2018

    The UK IP profession has set out five key areas where action is needed to ensure continuity and certainty as the UK government prepares to leave the EU. Managing IP provides commentary on them

  • IP cases to look out for in Europe in 2018

    January 05, 2018

    Hip hop music, the Louboutin red sole shoes and copyright protection for food are among the subjects of disputes pending before the European courts. Managing IP provides a guide to some of the more significant cases coming up this year

  • CJEU clarifies repair clause in EU Design Regulation

    December 21, 2017

    The CJEU has provided guidance on the divisive issue of design protection for car spare parts, in two cases involving Acacia. It was one of three significant IP decisions published on December 20, the Court’s last day before the Christmas break

  • Brexit, trade marks and designs: the position papers compared

    December 18, 2017

    Associations including CITMA, ECTA, INTA and MARQUES have published position papers discussing IP rights when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Managing IP looks at the biggest issues, including registered EU rights, pending applications, exhaustion and representation

  • AI is coming and it will change trade mark law

    December 08, 2017

    The rise of artificial intelligence may mean some of the historic concepts and principles of trade mark law will simply no longer apply or will have to be interpreted differently, write Lee Curtis and Rachel Platts of HGF

  • Red Bull decision makes colour combination EUTMs “effectively impossible”

    December 04, 2017

    The EU General Court’s Red Bull judgment reinforces the difficulty of registering colour combination trade marks in the EU, and signals “death knell” for Red Bull’s attempt to register its blue and silver combination

  • INTA reveals position on Brexit IP issues

    November 29, 2017

    The International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights

  • European Commission releases counterfeiting and SEPs measures

    November 29, 2017

    The European Commission has presented a number of measures aimed at protecting intellectual property rights, including recommendations for fighting counterfeits and creating a balanced system for standard essential patents. The SEPs guidance was particularly well received

  • Over 27,000 fake e-shops selling IP-infringing products in four EU countries

    October 24, 2017

    New research published by the EUIPO looks at the use of domain names formerly used by famous people, companies, embassies and others in Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK

  • BGH confirms trade mark protection for Ritter Sport's square chocolate packaging

    October 20, 2017

    A decision from the Bundesgerichtshof is good news for owners of 3D trade marks, as Rembert Niebel, Markus Hecht and Birgit Clark explain

  • EUTM changes on October 1: all you need to know

    September 29, 2017

    The second wave of changes to the EUTM see the abolition of the graphical representation requirement, the introduction of the EU certification mark and various procedural changes

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    September 28, 2017

    Last month Utynam attended the 31st MARQUES Annual Conference in Prague. Here are some highlights

  • New IP firm launched in Europe

    September 26, 2017

    A new IP law firm, AIPEX, seeks to provide a unique IP service by offering a one-stop service through its independent member firms in 11 European locations

  • European Commission makes Brexit IP proposal

    September 12, 2017

    Patent and trade mark attorneys have welcomed the European Commission's plans for unitary IP rights after Brexit

  • Report on social media and counterfeits published

    September 05, 2017

    The report on counterfeiting, how it is moving online and the impact of social media was commissioned by the UK IP Office. It draws five conclusions and makes two recommendations

  • Distinctiveness of three-dimensional trade marks

    August 24, 2017

    Based on a study of data in the Darts-IP case database, Donatienne Moreau and Ioanna Diakomichali review trends on distinctiveness of 3D trade marks in European cases at appeal level

  • Brexit: the top five legislative challenges

    August 24, 2017

    Brexit affects IP in many ways. James Nurton and Kingsley Egbuonu identify five areas where urgent action is needed to provide clarity and ensure a smooth transition

  • A guide to trade mark forum shopping in Europe

    August 24, 2017

    Trade mark owners need to weigh up various factors when deciding where to bring an infringement action. Sahira Khwaja, Alastair Shaw, Leopold von Gerlach, Ewa Kacperek, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre and Alexis Valot compare procedures and practices in France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom

  • Interview: Sonia Santos on trade mark reform and enforcement in Spain

    August 21, 2017

    As part of the Women in IP series, Alice O’Donkor speaks to Spanish IP lawyer Sonia Santos about forthcoming reform in national trade mark proceedings and effective ways to deal with trade mark infringement

  • Report sheds light on lookalikes

    August 18, 2017

    Research into eye-tracking techniques shows that consumers shop on autopilot and are fooled by lookalike brands, mistaking the copy for the brand 20% of the time when both are on the shelf

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