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Brexit update: UK announces plans to establish own GI scheme

The UK government issued its latest 'white paper' on the future relationship between the UK and European Union yesterday (12 July). Apart from general statements on the importance of IP protections, it did not mention or specify plans for how IP rights would be managed post-Brexit, other than in regards to Geographical Indications (GIs) and, to a lesser extent, the Unitary Patent (UP).

Brexit update: UK announces plans to establish own GI scheme
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Should you mark products with patent and design numbers?

It has become common practice in modern advertising for innovation-driven companies to shout about the patent rights protecting their products, including marking products with patent numbers. Doing so also acts as a deterrent to infringers and can increase the likelihood of successfully claiming damages where infringement does occur. However, the practice does not come without risks, as Eric Siecker explains.

Should you mark products with patent and design numbers?
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Trademarks and GIs: What does 'Glen' CJEU decision mean for brand owners?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered yet another blow to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) in its attempt to bar non-Scottish distilleries from using the word ‘Glen’ in product names. Novagraaf’s Vanessa Harrow examines the implications for brand owners of protected geographical indications (GIs).

By Vanessa Harrow,
Trademarks and GIs: What does 'Glen' CJEU decision mean for brand owners?

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