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Trade Marks

Changes in EU trade mark law arriving October 2017

The EU trade mark laws have changed significantly over the last few years, and are set to change again in October. These changes will complement those made in March 2016, and will involve various additions and removals regarding trade mark… Continue Reading →

3D trade marks: Dawn Ellmore Employment examines the fine line between success and failure

Probably the most famous example of the battle to trade mark a 3D shape lies with Nestle’s Kit Kat bar. While their strapline advises taking a break, their fight to secure 3D trade marks for the distinctive shape of their… Continue Reading →

Five of the Most High Profile Trade Mark Cases

High profile trade mark disputes are always fascinating, with plenty involving huge brands over the years. Dawn Ellmore have chosen five of the most fascinating high profile trade mark battles. Toblerone V Poundland After the Brexit vote led to a… Continue Reading →

£270m Technology Commitment from UK Government in Spring Budget

The UK Government recently announced in the latest Spring budget that £270 million was to be allocated to launch an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  The fund is expected to support R&D in universities and businesses resulting in innovation in the… Continue Reading →

Dawn Ellmore Employment: Nestlé Loses Appeal in Trade Mark Dispute on Kit Kat Shapes

Nestlé had registered the two-finger and four-finger shapes of its Kit Kat bars as trade marks in Singapore some years ago and had sued Petra, that make similarly shaped chocolate wafers for trade mark infringement. Petra counter-sued to invalidate Nestlé’s… Continue Reading →

Gender Profiles in Worldwide Patenting

It is a legal requirement that each inventor is named on a patent application.  Although patent counts do not give a direct measure of innovation, they are a well known measurable ‘output’ of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)… Continue Reading →

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