Intellectual Property Update - July 2018

Intellectual Property Update - July 2018

In this July update our IP team members highlight key recent IP issues.

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  1. UK implementation of the new Trade Secrets Directive

    The EU Trade Secrets Directive (2016/943) (the “Directive”), the implementation deadline for which is this month - June 2018, was drafted with the intention of harmonising the law governing trade secrets and providing a common standard of... Read more
  2. Louboutin prevails in red soles dispute

    On 12 June 2018 the European Court of Justice (CJEU) held that Louboutin’s red soles did not constitute a ‘shape’.  This was a key finding under the rather technical rules relating to registered trade mark validity in the European... Read more
  3. Cartier loses to ISPs in landmark UK Supreme Court decision

    The long-awaited judgment in the case of Cartier International AG and others (Respondents) v British Telecommunications Plc and another (Appellants) was handed down by the UK Supreme Court last month, and BT and EE’s appeal that they should not have... Read more
  4. Sweet victory for Hotel Chocolat in 'slabgate' designs dispute

    Tom Collins and Kate Maguire explain how Hotel Chocolat succeeded where others have failed in the battle to remove ‘lookalikes’ from the supermarket shelves. Read more (published in Intellectual Property Magazine, requires subscription)

  5. Here's looking at .EU - The potential effect of Brexit on .eu domain names

    Technology Law from the Commercial, Technology and Media teams at Stevens & Bolton The European Commission recently issued a notice outlining the potential consequences that Brexit could have on the 300,000 .eu domain names registered in the UK and used... Read more
  6. Brexit and IP - the story continues

    As we reported in our last issue, on 19 March 2018 the EU and UK published a draft Withdrawal Agreement indicating the points which had been agreed so far at the negotiating level. This was updated on 19 June 2018. Although strictly ‘nothing is agreed... Read more
  7. Pharma patent injunctions - in search of a proportionate solution

    The general rule is that if patent infringement is found the patentee will be entitled to an injunction to prevent future infringement, and in the vast majority of cases this is what happens in practice.  The injunction is, however, a discretionary... Read more
  8. New patents for old drugs?

    Following a four day hearing in February, the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Lyrica patent case relating to drug repurposing is now eagerly awaited. Charlotte Tillett and Camille Arnold put the case in context. Read more (published in pharmaphorum)

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