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High Court Ruling on Nestle’s Four Finger Chocolate Bar Shape – Not Registrable As A Trade Mark

The High Court of England and Wales has just rejected Nestle's appeal against the Registrar of Trade Mark's decision to reject the shape of its four-finger KITKAT chocolate bar for trade mark registra..

EU Trade Mark Law Reform

The Community Trade Mark Amending Regulation was published in December and will enter into force on 23 March 2016. This new legislation implements long-discussed proposals for reform of EU trade mark ..

CJEU rules on when reputation in the EU can be enforced

The Court of Justice of European Union (CJEU) in case C-125/14 Iron & Smith Kft. v Unilever NV has clarified the circumstances in which a CTM that has a reputation in the EU can be enforced agains..

Time Zones in Patent Validity

An invention is considered to be new if it has not been made available to the public before the date of filing of a patent application.  In normal circumstances, the meaning of “before the date of ..

Disclosure Requirements for Proceedings in Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

The specialist IP court for SMEs (the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) issued a decision this summer in respect of a dispute between the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) and the United..

Going Global

Cleveland will be exhibiting at the Going Global show at Kensington Olympia on 3 and 4 December 2015. Nick Bennett, a patent attorney in our chemistry department, will deliver a brief introduction ..