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Come on Lidl, let’s have some oriGINality!

Come on Lidl, let’s have some oriGINality! Key Contact: Cordelia Payne Author: Ffion Morgan Hot on the heels of the Aldi Caterpillar saga, Lidl, another discount supermarket, has been ordered to stop selling its own-brand gin because of its uncanny likeness to upmarket rival, Hendrick’s. Hendrick’s gin, produced by William Grant and Sons Irish Brands...
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Battle of the Caterpillars

Battle of the Caterpillars Key Contact: Cordelia Payne Author: Ffion Morgan Who gets your vote? Are you #SaveColin or #FreeCuthbert? The battle of the caterpillars has certainly taken social media by storm. No doubt, Aldi has won the court of public opinion if Twitter is anything to go by, but how all of this will...
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EU Intellectual Property Rights

EU Intellectual Property Rights Key Contact: Cordelia Payne International Registrations as at 31 December 2020 which designated the EU, or, EU trade mark or design rights that were pending as at 31 December, will no longer provide protection in the UK.  They will not have been granted automatic, comparable UK protection as with EU trade marks...
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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 1 January 2021 has many effects not least for proprietors of EU registered trade mark or design rights.   Here are some questions and answers to help...
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Brexit IP Update

Brexit IP Update Key Contact: Cordelia Payne 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...
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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? Key Contact: Cordelia Payne 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...
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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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