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17 July 2014
In a recent ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that the layout of a retail store can be registered as a trade mark in the EU.Click here for more information.
11 July 2014
04 July 2014
Denmark has become the fifth participating State to ratify the Unified Patent Court agreement. Following a favourable vote in their recent referendum, Denmark deposited its instrument of ratification with the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union on 20 June 2014, which was the final step required for ratification to have effect under Article 89(1) of the UPC Agreement. Denmark will also establish a local division of the UPC in Copenhagen, with Danish and English being the languages of the proceedings.Click here for more information.
30 June 2014
As previously reported here the IP Act 2014 makes a number of changes to the UK law on design protection. The Intellectual Property Office has issued some guidance for businesses on the forthcoming changes, which can be found here.
Amongst the changes that will happen in due course are the introduction of a criminal offence for the deliberate copying of a registered design (including Community Designs) and a change in the default ownership of unregistered designs arising from a commission - the commissioner will no longer be the owner of a design unless there is contract to assign the rights.Click here for more information.
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