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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.

EU sets out its vision for IP post-Brexit

19-09-2017

The European Commission has published a position paper on IP rights (including geographical indications) post-Brexit. The document, circulated to the remaining 27 EU member states ahead of a meeting on 7 September, sets out five “general principles” for negotiations with the UK.

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Poundland takes on Mondelēz in battle of the chocolate peaks

22-08-2017

Budget UK retailer Poundland has delayed the launch of ‘Twin Peaks’, a Toblerone lookalike chocolate bar, following a legal dispute with Mondelēz International, the company behind the much-loved bar. It follows public outrage at Mondelēz’s decision last year to put Toblerone on a diet, citing the falling value of the pound as the reasoning for thinning out Toblerone’s distinctive..

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Navigating a new market: trademarks and e-cigarettes

27-06-2017

As e-cigarette use grows, so do the dangers of trademark infringement for well-known brands, as Claire Jones explains.

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Implications of the IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 (UK)

13-06-2017

The IP (Unjustified Threats) Act received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and reforms the existing law around threats provisions. Novagraaf’s Claire Jones explains the implications of the reforms.

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A strategy for domain names

26-05-2017

Domain names play an important role in the sales and marketing activity of any organisation, but it’s all too easy to overlook the IP implications of registering and managing online channels. We set out points to consider when seeking to align domain name registrations with trademark rights.

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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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