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12 September 2017

Preparing for Brexit - analysis of the European Commission's position paper on key IP issues

Last week the European Commission published a Brexit position paper on dealing with intellectual property issues raised by the UK’s departure from the European Union – which is scheduled to happen at the end of March 2019. The paper focused on…

24 June 2016

The UK's Brexit vote will mean more complexity and higher costs for IP owners in Europe

Well, we have only gone and done it. By a margin of 17,410,742 votes to 16,141,241 the people of the United Kingdom have decided that they want their country to leave the European Union. As an added extra, they have also forced the resignation of…

13 June 2016

It's time for IP owners to start giving serious consideration to the possibility of Brexit

With under two weeks to go until the UK holds its referendum on whether to remain in the European Union or to leave, the outcome still looks to be on a knife-edge. The latest batch of opinion polls generally seem to indicate a move to the Leave camp…

16 November 2015

A major global player in the IP services business might soon be up for grabs

One of the biggest-ever sales in the IP service provider sector could be in the offing following Thomson Reuters' announcement that it is exploring “strategic options” for its Intellectual Property & Science business. A statement from the…

02 July 2014

The IP Act – a false economy?

The IP Bill recently received royal assent and became the IP Act 2014. Part of wider reforms intended to support innovation and add a headline-grabbing figure of up to £8 billion to the size of the UK economy by 2020, the act is intended to make the UK IP system clearer, more cost effective and more accessible, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises.

16 October 2013

Is EU Community design the top dog for design protection?

It can be hard to choose the most appropriate and cost-effective means of protecting designs within the European Union. This article looks at the issues that parties may wish to consider if they import, distribute or sell products within the European Union by reference to their innovative, visual appeal.

01 May 2013

ECJ reference breathes life into Sigma’s parallel importation appeal

The Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision indicating its intention to refer questions relating to the specific mechanism to Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), on an appeal from the Patents County Court. The court considered the issues in the case to be worthy of a reference to the ECJ because the specific mechanism will continue to apply until 2019.

20 June 2012

Furrowed brows for L’Oréal at end of Allergan BOTOX® battle

The First Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union has given its judgment dismissing the appeal brought jointly by Helena Rubenstein and L’Oréal against the 2010 judgment of the EU General Court in favour of Allergan, Inc, owner of the BOTOX® trademark. The judgment marks the end of the road for a case with a long history.

07 March 2012

Wrinkles for L’Oréal during BOTOX® battle with Allergan

Advocate General Mengozzi has delivered his opinion on the appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union brought jointly by Helena Rubinstein and L’Oréal against a 2010 judgment of the General Court of the European Union which dismissed appeals filed by those two companies.