Intellectual Property Update - November 2018

Intellectual Property Update - November 2018

In this November update our IP team keeps you up to speed with the top IP stories.

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  1. UK trade mark law is changing from 14 January 2019

    Changes are being introduced to UK trade mark law to give effect to the Trade Marks Directive 2015 (EU 2015/2436). The changes largely mirror those previously introduced for EU trade marks (EUTMs). They amend the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 (TMA) and will form... Read more
  2. Respect for family life cannot be used to evade liability for copyright infringement

    Although EU Member States may exercise freedom in their implementation of the Copyright Directive (2001/29), Article 8 requires that all sanctions and remedies resulting from infringement be effective, proportionate and dissuasive. In the case of Bastei... Read more
  3. Geographical Indications schemes for the UK post Brexit

    On 4 October 2018, The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) opened a consultation on ‘Establishing a UK Geographical Indications (GI) scheme’ post-Brexit.  The consultation sought feedback on the proposed UK Scheme... Read more
  4. De-branding grey goods - does it avoid infringement?

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that the de-branding of products, without consent and for the purpose of importing or trading those products in the European Economic Area (EEA), is an infringement of the trade mark owner’s... Read more
  5. Court of Appeal confirms that global patent licences can be FRAND

    For over four years, patent licensing company Unwired Planet (UP) has been locked in a battle in the English court with handset maker Huawei over the grant of a licence to use UP’s mobile phone technology, which is essential to a number of... Read more
  6. What is your secret source?

    Increased employee mobility has amplified the risk to trade secrets when employees move on. Tom Lingard (IP) and Hannah Ford (Employment) explain how tech companies can protect themselves in their article published in Information Age... READ MORE

  7. IP in a no-deal Brexit

    As the possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit continues to dominate the headlines, IP owners are increasingly focusing on contingency planning.  ‘No deal’ means that the UK would leave the EU at 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019 without a... Read more
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    Location: Guildford

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