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Designs

A dive into the world of celebrity trade marks

The prominence of social media and reality TV has provided many opportunities for a new kind of celebrity that I incredibly savvy when it comes to building a brand. Before there split at the beginning of 2021, Kim Kardashian and… Continue Reading →

A look at novelty Christmas patents

As another festive season approaches, Dawn Ellmore Employment takes a look at some of the more interesting Christmas tree related patents that have been granted over the USA. Device for dispensing tinsel Back in 1970, J. Postolowski must have wondered… Continue Reading →

UK Autumn Statement: Increased R&D Investment Spells Good News for IP Industry

Recently the UK government released its Autumn Statement announcing additional funding for research and development (R&D).  The government plans to put £2 billion more per year into R&D funding resulting in a total boost of £4.7 billion by 2020 to… Continue Reading →

Apple v Samsung Design Infringement Case at Supreme Court

In 2012 Samsung was found to have infringed three of Apple’s iPhone design patents in the sale of some of their smartphones.  These related to the round-cornered front face, the bezel of the iPhone and the coloured grid of 16… Continue Reading →

Recent Survey Confirms Intellectual Property is Good for the European Economy

A second EU-wide study was recently published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  The study concerned the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, copyright) on the European economy… Continue Reading →

Benefits of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

You can use the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) if you are involved in a dispute about intellectual property covering copyright, patents, registered designs and registered trade marks. The IPEC provides a cost effective arena for intellectual property claims, as… Continue Reading →

The Importance of Establishing Ownership of IP Assets

Simple oversights at the earliest stage of business formation can cause long term issues for any business, especially when trying to secure funding.  Investors often consider IP to be the most valuable part of a business and is highly influential… Continue Reading →

UK and China Instigate Closer IP Partnership

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property conducted an IP delegation between 20-27 August 2016 in China to reinforce UK and China IP collaboration to support innovation and creativity in both countries. Agreements and initiatives observed… Continue Reading →

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Position Paper on Brexit and IP

A recent position paper entitled ‘The impact of Brexit on intellectual property’ by The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) reveals the institute has a strong preference for the UK to participate in the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent… Continue Reading →

EU Expands Copyright to Furniture and Extends Term by a Century

The UK government has extended copyright for designs from 25 years to the life of designer plus 70 years.  This follows a decision in the European Union, where member states are required to adhere to such an order. This change… Continue Reading →

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