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  • The UK’s decision to leave the European Union – Business as usual

    24 June 2016

    The people of the UK have voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum of 23 June 2016 concerning the UK’s membership of the EU has resulted in 52% of voters opting for the UK to leave the economic and political union established under the EU. From an Intellectual Property user’s perspective nothing will […]

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  • An update on the revamped UK IPO Opinion Service

    21 June 2016

    With the implementation of the Intellectual Property Act 2014, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) received increased powers with respect to its Opinion Service. Thirty months later, we have delved into the cases that have been heard to look at the effect the revamp has had. It serves as a timely reminder of a […]

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  • Eligibility of medical devices for SPCs

    15 June 2016

    Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) provide valuable patent term extensions that compensate both the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries for the delays suffered in bringing their products to market as a result of complex regulatory processes. Despite sometimes requiring similar levels of regulation to pharmaceutical products, medical devices are still not entitled to SPC protection. Whilst this […]

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  • High Court Trade Mark Decision Leaves Tobacco Companies Fuming

    10 June 2016

    British American Tobacco & others v Department of Health [2016] EWHC 1169 This case concerns the introduction of plain packaging legislation for tobacco products in the United Kingdom.  The decision was handed down on 19 May ahead of the introduction of the Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) on 20 May, the UK’s […]

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  • Bulgaria becomes the tenth country to ratify the UPC Agreement

    9 June 2016

    On 3 June 2016, Bulgaria became the tenth country to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement by depositing its instrument of ratification. This now leaves the UK, Germany and one other country to ratify before the Agreement takes effect. Please see our updated UP and UPC pages for the latest information.   James Mitchell Electronics, […]

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  • The Strength of a Settlement

    3 June 2016

    Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd v H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd [2016] EWHC 162 (Pat), 21 January 2016 Following a long running dispute involving Stretchline’s patent for a tubular fabric composition, this recent High Court decision explores remedies that are available for alleged infringement following a settlement. This decision provides useful guidance on the finality […]

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  • A “RAW” Deal for H&M in Trade Mark Infringement Decision?

    1 June 2016

    A “RAW” Deal for H&M in Trade Mark Infringement Decision? Hague Court of Appeal March 2016 Case Comment The Hague Court of Appeal has found H&M liable for infringement of G-Star Raw’s trade marks in the word RAW. In 2011, G-Star Raw (“G-Star”) brought trade mark infringement proceedings against H&M, the Swedish fashion company, after […]

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