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Industry Bulletin

IP legislation and practice is a fast-moving field. Regulatory, legislative and/or process changes can occur on a regular basis in numerous countries and IP offices around the world. To help keep our clients informed about some of these important changes, we are issuing a series of Industry Bulletins, showcasing topics of interest that we think will be of use to you. For the latest Industry Bulletins, see below.

Brexit – what does it mean for your IP rights?

24-01-2017

As the UK's Supreme Court rules by 8 votes to 3 that the government cannot trigger article 50 without an act of parliament, we recap the potential implications of the UK's exit from Europe for businesses' IP rights.

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Fashion’s high stakes: the role of IP

24-01-2017

The copying of fashion and clothing designs is so endemic it appears almost accepted. But, a designer’s creative output is their intellectual property and should be protected as such, argues trademark attorney Alastair Rawlence. He sets out tools for protection.

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First steps to exporting: IP considerations explained

23-01-2017

Novagraaf UK’s Dr Peter Wilson sets out the IP elements to consider when developing or updating an export strategy.

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Brand architecture: the foundation of shareholder value

23-01-2017

Most companies know that their brands are some of the most valuable assets they possess, yet the link between the structuring of brands and shareholder value continues to be misunderstood. We believe that well-structured brand assets, such as trademark portfolios, can maximize financial performance. That’s why we are proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Brand Finance Global Forum: Brand..

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UK plans to ratify UPC agreement despite Brexit

29-11-2016

The UK government announced plans yesterday (28 November) to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) agreement and set up a divisional court in London despite fears Brexit would halt negotiations.

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Brexit – the uncertainty continues

27-09-2016

The AIPPI conference in Milan earlier this month added a last-minute session on Brexit following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The room was packed for the discussion, but what did the panellists think would be the IP implications of the historical vote?

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Should the UK IPO have allowed the Specsavers’ ‘should’ve’ trademark?

23-08-2016

News that the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) had approved the application by British optician Specsavers to trademark the words ‘should’ve’ and ‘shouldve’ raised eyebrows in the British media last week. Will the surprise decision open the door for other common terms to be registered as trademarks?

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Access to this website has been denied

25-07-2016

On 6 July 2016, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld a 2014 ruling on online blocking injunctions that requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to websites offering counterfeit products and infringing trademarks. This could prove to be an important new tool for brand owners seeking to protect trademarks from online infringement, as Novagraaf’s Nora Fowler explains.

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EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for trademark rights?

24-06-2016

Following our update on the possible impact on a business’s patent rights after the UK voted to leave the EU in yesterday's referendum, we look at the implications of 'Brexit' for trademark and design portfolios.

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EU referendum: What does a Brexit vote mean for your patent rights?

24-06-2016

Britain's self-ejection from Europe in yesterday's referendum will have long-term implications for businesses across the region. We look at the potential effects of the Brexit vote on a company’s European patent rights. (Click here for our update on trademarks)

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