Intellectual Property Update - April 2018

Intellectual Property Update - April 2018

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

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Charlotte Tillett, Tom Lingard
  1. Draft Withdrawal Agreement sets out proposed post-Brexit landscape for EU-wide IP Rights

    Following a period of negotiations between the UK and the EU Commission, a draft Withdrawal Agreement on the UK’s exit from the European Union was published on 19 March 2018. The draft sets out plans for a transition period of 21 months ending on 31... Read more
  2. Copycat packaging: brand and trademark infringements

    Despite the recent legal dispute between Mondelez, the owner of the Toblerone brand, and UK store chain Poundland, it seems "lookalikes" are here to stay. (Intellectual Property MagazineRead more

  3. Grey market sales: minimising the risks of liability

    Brand owners have welcomed the recent confirmation by the Supreme Court that the sale of 'grey goods' can constitute a criminal offence. Retailers need to therefore understand the potential consequences of dealing with such goods and possible steps to minimise the risk of liability. (Retail Technology Review) Read more

  4. Blockchain: The key to protecting IP in the live business?

    As businesses become more aware of the possibilities and uses of blockchain, the technology platform for digital assets, what implications does it pose in the live business? (IQ Magazine) Read more

  5. The AI legal landscape

    As the impact of AI grows, business need to become increasingly aware of the effect it may have on their intellectual property. (ITProPortal) Read more

  6. E-Commerce Platform: Tackling Counterfeits and Enforcement

    With an increase in counterfeit products being seen across e-commerce platforms, brand owners still need to be responsible for protecting their own IP rights. (Brand QuarterlyRead more

  7. INTA Annual Meeting

    INTA Annual Meeting
    May 19–23, 2018
    Seattle, Washington

    S&B IP team members Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett will be attending
    the International Trademark Association's 140th Annual Meeting.

    They hope to see you there.
    If you are also attending, please contact them (at right or below) to set up a meeting.

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