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16 January

2019

Bulletins

New Year, new UK trade mark regulations

UK trade mark regulation No. 825 came into force on 14 January 2019, implementing the 2015 EU Trade Mark Directive. Most of the amendments are familiar as the changes have already occurred in relation to EUTMs but this is a good point to refresh our understanding of the new provisions. Proof of use in trade...

15 January

2019

Bulletins

Big Mac, big problem

EUIPO Revocation No 14 788 C Supermac’s (Holdings) Ltd v McDonald’s International Property Company, Ltd The EUIPO’s Cancellation Division has just issued a decision in case No 14 788 C, revoking McDonald’s EUTM registration No 62 638 for BIG MAC in classes 29, 30 and 42 in its entirety on the grounds of non-use. Supermac applied to revoke the BIG MAC registration on...

14 November

2018

Bulletins

UK Supreme Court confirms plausibility requirement for sufficiency of second medical use claims

In a long awaited judgement the UK Supreme Court today confirmed that a second medical use claim is only considered sufficiently disclosed insofar as a patent is considered to make the claimed use plausible. This case concerned Warner-Lambert’s EP0934061 patent which included second medical use claims directed to pregabalin for the treatment of pain (claim...

27 September

2018

Bulletins

Update on EU patent protection and Brexit

There is no “one size fits all” approach to Brexit. We recommend discussing strategies with your usual advisor. Only a few areas of UK patent law come from EU legislation. One area is supplementary protection certificates (SPCs). With a possible Brexit date of 29 March 2019, the UK Government has now published guidance on what...

26 September

2018

Bulletins

Update on EU design protection and Brexit

There is no “one size fits all” approach to Brexit. We recommend discussing strategies with your usual advisor. With a possible Brexit date of 29 March 2019, the UK Government has now published guidance on what they consider to be the fall-back position of a “no deal” scenario. They have now stated that granted Registered...

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Events

INTA Annual Meeting , Boston, May 2019

January 2019

Attendee: Tony Pluckrose

INTA, Europe Conference: Embracing Change, Paris

January 2019

Attendee: Nigel Tucker

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics trade show, Farnborough, February 5th 2019

December 2018

Attendee: Joshua McFarlane

Queen Mary University of London Career Events, December 2018

November 2018

Attendee: Joanna Peak

Intellectual Property Case Law Seminar

November 2018

Attendee: Susi Fish

MIP International Women’s Leadership Forum

November 2018

Attendee: Nigel Tucker

Advanced Engineering 2018

October 2018

Attendee: Edward Ronan

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: The future of biosimilars in the UK – innovation, regulation and increasing uptake

October 2018

Attendee: Nigel Tucker

TCT Show 2018, ,Birmingham, September

September 2018

Attendee: Angharad Rolfe Johnson

MIP IP Enforcement Forum 2018, London

September 2018

Attendee: Matthew Ridley

Mastering the HAGUE AGREEMENT From Asia to the USA, through the EU

September 2018

Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar, London

August 2018

Attendee: Phil Merchant

The ICEC-ICMC Conference

August 2018

Attendee: Rachel Conroy

PTMG Autumn Conference 2018, Dubrovnik

boult.bites

boult.bites TM – Autumn 2018

In this edition we talk more about the opening of our new office in Madrid, preparing your trade mark filings in light of Brexit, learning from Puma’s leaping cat case about taking decisions on reputation earlier on, and the new opposition procedures in Argentina that came into force last month.

boult.bites TM – Summer 2018

Read about latest developments in the Trade Marks field, as well as what’s going on with the team here at Boult Wade Tennant

boult.bites TM – New Year 2018

In this New Year issue of boult.bites we take a look at the issues of descriptiveness and distinctiveness when it comes to securing trade mark protection, as demonstrated by Pizza Express Limited’s recent failed attempt to register ‘PizzaExpress’ as an EU trademark; a reminder about taking into account PDO’s when selecting a trade mark, as cider brand “Applesecco” recently discovered when their trade mark was opposed by Prosecco, a registered PDO; what constitutes ‘genuine use’ and the importance of proprietors keeping evidence banks in case of revocation action, as demonstrated by two recent rulings handed down by the EU General Court; and Indonesia becoming the latest country to join the Madrid Protocol.

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