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Intellectual Property

Do you own a .EU domain name?

Do you own a .EU domain name?  Key Contact: Cordelia Payne If you are a UK entity or resident, you need to act now. .eu is the country code Top Level Domain for the European Union introduced in 2005 for entities or individuals based in the EU.  With Brexit and the transition period coming to...
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Important changes to your EU trademark and design rights from 1st January 2021

Important changes to your EU trademark and design rights from 1st January 2021 Key Contact: Cordelia Payne The UK ceasing to be a member of the EU from 1st January 2021 has many effects not least for proprietors of EU registered trademark or design rights. Here are some questions and answers to help anyone who...
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Brexit IP Update

Brexit IP Update The Withdrawal Agreement allows for the existing intellectual property system in the UK to continue as it is during the transition period until 31 December 2020 (IP Completion Day). However, it is during this transition period that preparations should be made for changes to how IP rights will be protected and enforced...
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IP Focus: Design Rights after Brexit

IP Focus: Design Rights after Brexit Following Acuity London’s breakfast seminar held in London last month, we highlighted the importance of IP protection to any business and the impact Brexit will have on EU based intellectual property rights (“IPRs”), particularly those which arise automatically, and which add huge value to UK based businesses whether they...
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AI in Intellectual Property: can AI be the legal owner of IP rights?

AI in Intellectual Property: can AI be the legal owner of IP rights? Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionising industry across the globe. A tidal wave of progress in recent years is stimulating a transformation in how we go about our daily tasks. It’s no surprise then that AI currently represents one of the most disruptive...
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Fashion industry: Is your IP covered for Brexit?

Fashion industry: Is your IP covered for Brexit? Intellectual property rights (IPR) play an important role in the competitive fashion industry, where the copying of designs has always been rife. Intellectual property rights IPR is a term to describe the bundle of legal rights derived in the form of registered and unregistered protection, that includes:...
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Don’t let ‘pending’ get you panicked!

Don’t let ‘pending’ get you panicked! On 17th October 2019 the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published updated guidance for businesses and organisations holding EU trade marks (EUTM) after the UK leaves the EU. This brief note will focus on what will happen if your EUTM application is still marked as ‘pending’ following exit day. Pending...
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Passing off – protect your products

Passing off – protect your products You may have seen products for sale in supermarkets such as Aldi that look similar to those sold by high-end luxury retailers and wondered how they are able to do so; this is largely linked to what is known as "passing off". The law of passing off is governed...
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Cavern City Tours v Laduma

Cavern City Tours v Laduma Aisha Wardell and Cordelia Payne of Acuity Law have successfully defended a trade mark opposition case for their client, Laduma, an immersive virtual reality and technology business, at a recent tribunal hearing. Laduma filed an application for a UK registered trade mark for the logo mark 'The CAVRN' on 23...
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