Intellectual Property UK

  • July 03, 2024

    British Life Science Investor Syncona Unit Raises $170M

    Medical technology company Beacon Therapeutics has raised approximately £134 million ($170 million) in its second round of funding from new and existing investors including venture capital firms and the University of Oxford, its parent company Syncona said in a statement Wednesday.

  • July 03, 2024

    EasyGroup Beats Cosmetic Co.'s Challenge To 'EasyJet' TM

    EasyJet's parent company has beaten a challenge to the airline's trademark after European intellectual property officials tossed a Swiss cosmetics business' claim that only third party companies used the mark.

  • July 03, 2024

    Nvidia Claws Back 'GT' TM Hopes After Clash With Leica

    Nvidia has revived swathes of its potential "GT" trademark protections after Leica Biosystems Imaging initially left its application hanging by a thread, proving that there is no chance of confusion with the identical signs where the goods of both companies are dissimilar.

  • July 03, 2024

    UPC Issues 1st Injunction On Merits In Bath Fittings Case

    The Unified Patent Court handed down its first full judgment on the merits on Wednesday just over a year after its inception, issuing an injunction against a German bath and shower manufacturer.

  • July 02, 2024

    Shelving Biz Hits Rival With Design Infringement Claim

    An Australian shelving manufacturer has sued a British rival for registered design infringement, arguing that certain shelving support bars being offered on the rival's U.K. website copy significant features of its intellectual property without consent.

  • July 02, 2024

    Microsoft Can't Get UPC To Throw Out Inventor's Patent Suit

    The Unified Patent Court on Tuesday rejected Microsoft Corp.'s bid to ax a patent infringement claim from a Finnish company, concluding that the managing director's decision to represent the business did not run afoul of the court's guidelines for independent counsel.

  • July 02, 2024

    Rolls-Royce, BMW Sue Parts Designer Over IP

    Rolls-Royce and BMW have accused a U.K. platform that sells bespoke car parts of infringing their trademarks by using their iconic logos without consent and misleading consumers.

  • July 02, 2024

    Toy Maker Sues Aldi Over Copycat Cuddly Teddy Dragon

    A manufacturer of collectible cuddly toys has accused Aldi of selling a rip-off of its dragon teddy design in its stores in Britain.

  • July 02, 2024

    Textile Biz Sues Workers For Poaching Premier League Clients

    A textile company with ties to several Premier League football clubs is suing two of its former employees after they committed "flagrant" breach of their duties by allegedly misusing trade secrets, copying designs and poaching clients when setting up their new company.

  • July 02, 2024

    Pfizer, BioNTech Infringed Moderna's MRNA Vaccine Patent

    Pfizer and BioNTech are on the hook for infringing Moderna's protections over its mRNA vaccines after a London court upheld on Tuesday the validity of one of two key U.K. patents over the technology.

  • July 01, 2024

    Artist Not Entitled To Exhibition Profits, Argues Arts Charity

    A charity has argued that an artist it previously sued for £100,000 ($125,500) over holographic portraits of the queen wasn't entitled to profits from a 2012 exhibition of those works.

  • July 01, 2024

    Philip Morris Patent Referred To EPO's Highest Appeal Board

    The validity of a Philip Morris patent related to a heated tobacco system is in limbo after an appeals board ruled that it couldn't make a ruling until the final forum of the European Patent Office clarified some issues.

  • July 01, 2024

    Monster Energy Runs Out Of Juice In 'M' Logo Challenge

    Energy drink giant Monster Energy has failed to convince appellate officials at the European Union's intellectual property authority that consumers would likely associate an 'M' logo trademark owned by a U.S. wellness products maker with Monster Energy's own branding.

  • July 01, 2024

    Bet365 Wins Logo's Trademark Appeal At EUIPO

    A British gambling company has convinced an appellate board to register a trademark for its name and logo, after a European Union court sent the case back for a second look.

  • July 01, 2024

    Huawei Told 5G Patent Obvious Based On 4G Predecessor

    Huawei cannot get a patent over its data management system applicable to 5G networks because it was obvious based on earlier tech for 4G networks, an appeals panel has ruled.

  • June 28, 2024

    War In Ukraine Driving 'National Security' Patents, Study Finds

    The government classified the highest number of patents as critical to the U.K.'s national security in the past four years in 2022, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine drives investment in military technology, according to research from Mathys and Squire.

  • June 28, 2024

    No Judge Race Bias In £30M Fox Williams Negligence Case

    A London court has rejected a Black television producer's allegations that a judge racially discriminated against him when tossing out his case that Fox Williams LLP botched his £30 million ($38 million) game show copyright claim.

  • June 28, 2024

    Dexcom Wins Bid To Nix Abbott Patent For Glucose Monitor

    A London judge nixed an Abbott patent for its flagship glucose monitoring device on Friday, ruling that a previous patent application revealed its key idea of an integrated device and ways of implementing it.

  • June 28, 2024

    Shein, Temu Ordered To Turn Over Info For EU Probe

    The European Union's executive arm said Friday it has ordered Temu and Shein to provide it with information relating to its new EU online content rules, following complaints from consumer organizations and its own investigations.

  • July 05, 2024

    EIP Hires Patent Litigator From Hogan Lovells In Germany

    Intellectual property boutique EIP has recruited a specialist in patent litigation from Hogan Lovells in Germany in a move to boost its disputes capabilities in relation to different fields of technology.

  • June 28, 2024

    Nike Can't Nix Inverted Black Tick EU TM

    Nike failed to block the registration of a trademark that resembles a hook or shark's head, after European officials ruled that it didn't look like the sportswear giant's iconic swoosh logo, even when examined upside down.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 27, 2024

    EU High Court Upends Servier Decrease Of Pay-For-Delay Fine

    French pharmaceutical giant Servier is back on the hook for all but €2.4 million ($2.57 million) of a more than €300 million European Union antitrust fine after the European Court of Justice upended a lower court decision that had reduced the penalty by over €100 million.

  • June 27, 2024

    NFT Game CEO Accuses Collaborator Of Keeping Biz Info

    The CEO of an NFT-winning online game has accused his former collaborator of refusing to hand over confidential information belonging to his gaming company after the pair's professional relationship broke down.

  • June 27, 2024

    Temu Says Ads Did Not Mislead Shoppers In Dr. Martens Suit

    Chinese fast-fashion giant Temu has denied claims that it promoted copycat Dr. Martens on sponsored Google search results, arguing that consumers would be unlikely to confuse boots sold on its platform for the famous British boots.

Expert Analysis

  • Arbitration Remains Attractive For Digital Disputes In 2024

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    Recent regulatory and digital forum developments highlight that, in 2024, arbitration will continue to adapt to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency, and remain an attractive forum for resolving digital disputes due to its flexibility, confidentiality and comparative ease to enforce cross-border awards, says Peter Smith at Charles Russell.

  • US And UK Law Firms Continue Trend Of EU Expansion

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    A broad spectrum of U.S. and U.K. law firms are now seeking fresh opportunities in Europe's fastest growing and constantly evolving sectors by opening offices in strategic locations across the continent, says James Lavan at Buchanan Law.

  • Looking Ahead At AI Regulation In The EU And UK

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    With AI regulation agreed upon in Europe and a U.K. regulatory authority on the horizon, organizations developing AI should consider deploying governance, addressing accountability and establishing internal guardrails to achieve a balanced approach to responsible innovation while managing risk, says Chris Eastham at Fieldfisher.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • The Most-Read Law360 UK Guest Articles Of 2023

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    Benefits of the new EU Unified Patent Court, artificial intelligence regulation and M&A trends amid rising inflation were among the hot topics U.K. Expert Analysis articles explored this year.

  • 9 Takeaways From The UPC's First 6 Months In Session

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    Six months after its opening, the Unified Patent Court has established itself as an appealing jurisdiction, with its far territorial reach, short filing deadlines and extremely quick issuance of preliminary injunctions showing that it is well-prepared to provide for rapid legal clarity, says Antje Brambrink at Finnegan.

  • The Year In FRAND: What To Know Heading Into 2024

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    In 2023, there were eight significant developments concerning the fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing regime that undergirds technical standardization, say Tom Millikan and Kevin Zeck at Perkins Coie.

  • How Int'l Student-Athlete Law Would Change The NIL Game

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    Recently proposed legislation to allow international student-athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image and likeness without violating their F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status represents a pivotal step in NIL policy, and universities must assess and adapt their approaches to accommodate unique immigration concerns, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How The PTAB Landscape Shifted In 2023

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    Attorneys at Finnegan consider the impact of noteworthy Patent Trial and Appeal Board developments in 2023, including rulemaking, litigation, precedential decisions and director reviews that affected PTAB practice, and offer a reference for examining future proceedings and strategies.

  • How 'Copyleft' Licenses May Affect Generative AI Output

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    Open-source software and the copyleft licenses that support it, whereby derivative works must be made available for others to use and modify, have been a boon to the development of artificial intelligence, but could lead to issues for coders who use AI to help write code and may find their resulting work exposed, says William Dearn at HLK.

  • UPC Decision Highlights Key Security Costs Questions

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    While the Unified Patent Court recently ordered NanoString to pay €300,000 as security for Harvard's legal costs in a revocation action dispute, the decision highlights that the outcome of a security for costs application will be highly fact-dependent and that respondents should prepare to set out their financial position in detail, says Tom Brazier at EIP.

  • IP Ruling Could Pave Way For AI Patents In UK

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    If implemented by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office, the High Court's recent ruling in Emotional Perception AI v. Comptroller-General of Patents, holding that artificial neural networks can be patented, could be a first step to welcoming AI patents in the U.K., say Arnie Francis and Alexandra Brodie at Gowling.

  • Why It's Urgent For Pharma Cos. To Halt Counterfeit Meds

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    With over 10.5 million counterfeit medicines seized in the EU in 2023, it is vital both ethically and commercially that pharmaceutical companies take steps to protect against such infringements, including by invoking intellectual property rights protection, says Lars Karnøe at Potter Clarkson.

  • Examining US And Europe Patent Disclosure For AI Inventions

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    As applicants before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office increasingly seek patent protection for inventions relating to artificial intelligence, the applications may require more implementation details than traditional computer-implemented inventions, including disclosure of data and methods used to train the AI systems, say attorneys at Finnegan.

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