EPO Launches a Consultation on the Revision of the Rules of Procedure of The Boards of Appeal
The EPO provides Applicants, Patentees, and Opponents with the opportunity to appeal decisions of the Examining Division or the Opposition Division following adverse decisions. In recent years, the Case Law of the Boards of Appeal has developed in relation to the ability of an Appellant to present new arguments, objections, evidence, and amendments during appeal...
Brexit Developments: 19 March 2018
Boult Wade Tennant is pleased to report that on 19 March 2018, the UK and EU agreed to transition terms. These ensure that there will be no substantive changes in relation to the present Intellectual Property framework until 31 December 2020. That date is later than the original date of 29 March 2019, which date...
UK Ratifies Hague Agreement for International Registration of Industrial Designs
On 13 March 2018 the UK deposited its instrument or ratification of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). As a result, from 13 June 2018 it will be possible to designate the UK when filing an international design application under the Hague System. At...
Registered Designs and Technical Function: CJEU Gives Guidance
In a ruling published last week, the CJEU has provided clarification as to when features of appearance of a product are solely dictated by the product’s technical function. A copy of the ruling can be found here. Under EU legislation, Registered Community Design (RCD) protection is excluded for features of appearance of a product which...
UKIPO Fee Increases – April 2018
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has announced changes to the UK patent fees. The changes follow a consultation last year and introduce some new fees as well as increasing existing fees. The changes will enter into force on 6 April 2018. The new fees and changes to fees relating to filing, search, examination and...
Attendee: William Burrell
CITMA Designs Seminar 2018
Attendee: Katherine Brown
Empack 2018, Birmingham
Attendee: Emma Pitcher
The Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2018, Mumbai
The National Lifesciences Expo 2018, Milton Keynes
Attendee: Nina White
The Remarkable 2017 Actavis Decisions and Its Implications 2018, Speaking
International Patent Forum 2018, London
Attendee: Joanna Peak
Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for Big Data in health, attending, London, February 2018
Attendee: Daniela Paull
Marques Spring Team Meeting , Spain , March 2018
BIA Committee Summit 2018, London, February 2018
Attendee: Catherine Wolfe
Litigating Trade Secret cases: a practical guide, March 2018
IAM 2nd annual Pharma and Biotech IP Summit, London, February 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.
In this issue of boult.bites we cover: Thailand becoming the 99th member of the Madrid Protocol, Brewdog Plc’s failed attempt to register the phrase ELVIS JUICE; a breakthrough for China and the EU in coming to an agreement on the protection of GI’s; and, finally, BMW’s appeal against the decision taken concerning the use of their marks by TLL.
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