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Speeding up Examination of Competitor Patents at the EPO

In some situations a pending patent application can be more problematic than a granted patent. Although generally you cannot be sued for infringement based on a pending application, the fact the appli..

Poisonous Divisionals – Antidote or Bust

EPO appeal T557/13 (re EP0921183B) has led to a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal G1/15. The Appeal Board has referred questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on the vexed issue of the poison..

Assos v Asos – the end of a saga

On 29 July 2015 the Supreme Court refused to hear Assos' appeal in the long-standing Assos v Asos trade mark dispute. As a result, the decision of the Court of Appeal handed down in April this year ([..

Cluttering of the Trade Mark Register is Real

The UK Intellectual Property Office recently published (IPO report) the results of a research exercise conducted into the question of whether the trade mark register is “cluttered” i.e. is overly ..

UPC court location

The Unified Patent Court (UPC), once established, will have a central division based in Paris, London and Munich. Local and regional divisions may also be established in member states. The UK Intel..

The Shape of the Lego Figurine is Upheld as a Valid CTM

The General Court (GC) in case T 395/14 recently upheld the validity of Lego’s Community trade mark (CTM) for the shape of its figurine. The case follows on the heels of the decision of the Court..