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  • 17 July 2014

    Store layout capable of registration as a trade mark?

    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.

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  • 11 July 2014

    Examination Success

    We are very pleased to announce that Elizabeth Lambert and Paul Dunne have recently passed their examinations and are now qualified European Patent Attorneys. This brings the total number of European Patent Attorneys in the firm to 47.

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  • 04 July 2014

    Denmark ratifies UPC Agreement

    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.

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  • 30 June 2014

    IP Act business guidance on designs

    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.

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Fireworks and pharmaceuticals written by Hilary van der Hoff