Joe McAlary - Dec 02, 2022

Parallel imports of repackaged pharmaceutical products - clarification from recent CJEU rulings

Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)..

Jacqueline Murphy - Nov 21, 2022

Pharma Trade Marks: Exhaustion and Parallel Trade in the UK - Special Report 2022

We are excited to announce the release of our latest special report ..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 25, 2022

Top Tier in Chambers & Partners 2023 legal guide

We are proud to have once again been ranked Band 1 (gold) in ..
Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 14, 2022

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2023

We are extremely proud to be ranked tier one for our patent and trade..

Non-Fungible Tokens as legal property?

The world of cryptocurrency is a fast-moving and complex one...

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Sep 13, 2022

How to mobilize your IP rights in the fight against counterfeit goods: Customs Application for Action

‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ is a motto that does..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Aug 25, 2022

Pattern trade marks: cross-stitch your way to trade mark registration success

We live in a world filled with patterns. The natural world reveals to..

Kate O'Rourke - Aug 11, 2022

Consequences of Brexit on trademarks and designs

Just over six years ago, the United Kingdom voted to exit the..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jun 07, 2022

Owning your IP: managing early brand risks for start-ups and SMEs

A start-up or a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) is like a..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - May 26, 2022

Plant-based brands: what does it take to break through?

We investigate what it takes to stand out in an increasingly crowded..

Andrew Tindall - May 24, 2022

Recipe for success - intellectual property opportunities in future food

The future of food is big business and it’s only going to get bigger..

Rebecca Campbell - May 16, 2022

Strategy: token efforts

Despite being in circulation since 2014, non‑fungible tokens (NFTs)..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Apr 20, 2022

A crossroad of IP rights: registering artistic works as trade marks

In a dynamically growing artistic world artists are seeking to..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 23, 2022

Non-traditional pharmaceutical trade marks - new special report

We are excited to announce the launch of our latest special report..

Jacqueline Murphy - Mar 04, 2022

WTR 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2022

We are delighted be ranked silver for prosecution and strategy in WTR..

Rebecca Campbell - Mar 02, 2022

IP GUIdance - graphical user interface design rights

While patents protect the technical aspects of products, registered..

Andy King - Mar 02, 2022

COVID pandemic sparks significant increase in domain name disputes

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recently..

Stephan Hoefs - Feb 28, 2022

Protecting film, music and game titles in Germany - 10 key questions answered

Time and again, clients from the media, entertainment and, in..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Feb 24, 2022

Registering personal names as trade marks: steps to consider before naming a fashion brand after yourself

Brands which include personal names – the so-called eponymous brands..

Claire Evans - Jan 27, 2022

Signs of quality – EU and UK geographical indication (GI) logos

A geographical indication (GI) is a form of intellectually property..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Jan 27, 2022

AI, IP and SMEs: jurisdictional clues about copyright solutions for start-ups

Our world is passing through an era of explosive technological..

Jacqueline Pang - Jan 26, 2022

The Oatly trade mark and what businesses should know before choosing theirs

Veganuary, the annual challenge which encourages people to try a..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Dec 16, 2021

Fashion trade marks – understanding the basics

Historically, traders have placed symbols on products to indicate..

Stephan Hoefs - Dec 15, 2021

Meet the team: Stephan Hoefs, Associate, Attorney at Law

Stephan Hoefs is an associate and Attorney at Law, specialising in..

Claire Evans - Dec 04, 2021

Meet the team: Claire Evans, Associate, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Claire Evans is a chartered trade mark attorney and associate with..

Joanne Goodchild - Nov 30, 2021

Meet the team: Joanne Goodchild, Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney

Joanne Goodchild is a trade mark attorney and senior associate with..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 26, 2021

Warning competitors off your trade mark: how to use ™ and ® symbols

Many of us, if not all, have walked past private land with a sign..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 23, 2021

Meet the team: Karolina Fryzlewicz, Trade Mark Technical Assistant

Karolina Fryzlewicz is currently training to be a trade mark attorney..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Nov 17, 2021

How to avoid a “fashion” faux pas on The Legal Runway

Hilda-Georgina, examines the rulings in Original Beauty Technology &..

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 28, 2021

Brexit trade mark refilings - was 30 September 2021 really the final deadline?

For most EU trade mark owners, 30 September 2021 was the final day to..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 22, 2021

Chambers & Partners 2022 Legal Guide - Band 1 Recommended Firm

We are delighted to have once again been ranked Band 1 in Chambers &..

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 14, 2021

Uncharted territory – your IP rights post-Brexit

30 September saw the passing of the final deadline for owners of EU..

Isobel Stone - Oct 01, 2021

‘IP Access’ fund, an extension of the existing UK IPO IP Audits Plus program

In 2021, innovation really has been a hot topic, with the..

Jacqueline Murphy - Sep 30, 2021

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2022

Mewburn Ellis is proud to be ranked top tier for our patent and trade..

David Fyfield - Sep 28, 2021

WHOIS the infringer - identifying the registrant of a domain name

Disputes concerning domain names, linked to cybersquatting, fraud,..

John Addiss - Sep 20, 2021

Deadline to protect Registered Community Designs or Hague international designs imminent

Owners of Registered Community Designs (RCDs) or Hague international..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 14, 2021

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights X Fashion Industry: Fight fake fashion

Combatting counterfeit goods is a key commercial and strategic..

Karolina Fryzlewicz - Sep 10, 2021

Intellectual Property Rights X Fashion Shows: Brand protection on the “legal runway”

In the fashion industry, intellectual property rights such as trade..

Andy King - Aug 23, 2021

The Trademark Registry Exchange - protecting trade marks against Generic Top-Level Domains cybersquatting

The Trademark Registry Exchange (or ‘TREx’) offers domain name owners..

Andy King - Aug 12, 2021

Apply for your Brexit UK trade mark re-filings now to minimise the risk of possible examination delays

Owners of EU trade mark rights that were pending on 31 December 2020..

Jacqueline Murphy - Jul 20, 2021

WTR Global Leaders 2021

Congratulations to our Head of Trade Marks Kate O'Rourke on being..

Andy King - Jul 12, 2021

UEFA v The (European) Super League – intellectual property rights on the legal playing field

On 18 April 2021, the proposal for a new mid-week competition for..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jul 06, 2021

Non-traditional pharma trade marks: position marks

In this final blog in our non-traditional pharma trade mark series,..

Joe McAlary - Jul 05, 2021

Monkey business: Banksy loses another trade mark registration for bad faith

A recent decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office..

Andy King - Jul 02, 2021

Ambush marketing: playing by the rules at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games

In the year of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games (yes, it is still..

Exhausted by Brexit?

On 7 June 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) launched..

Andy King - Jun 28, 2021

YouGov survey finds that nearly a quarter of businesses have been a victim of cybersquatting

A recent survey conducted by Mewburn Ellis, in conjunction with..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - May 27, 2021

Non-traditional pharma trade marks: sound, motion and multimedia marks

Following on from our previous blog posts examining the role of shape..

Kate O'Rourke - May 26, 2021

Protecting your brand - trade mark or design, or both?

Logos, shape marks, packaging and containers, and distinctive..

Camille Terfve - May 20, 2021

Intellectual property and artificial intelligence in the UK: what might the future hold?

AI is a hot topic for the current UK government. Last year, the UK..

Kate O'Rourke - Apr 23, 2021

Impact of Brexit on pending EU trade mark applications

Trade mark owners should be alert to the deadline of 30th September..

Jacqueline Pang - Apr 23, 2021

What's the beef? Using meat terms to describe meat alternatives

With the ‘future foods’ market set to grow exponentially over the..

Andy King - Apr 21, 2021

Thoughts on UK IPO representation for foreign-owned UK trade mark registrations

Foreign owners of UK trade mark registrations are advised to appoint..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 22, 2021

Pharma brands: what's in a name?

Pinning down a new drug name that will both catch attention and clear..

Andy King - Mar 15, 2021

A perfect score for British Gymnastics at IPEC

The national governing body (NGB) for gymnastics in the UK, British..

Dan Thornton - Feb 23, 2021

IP rights and company performance – a causal connection?

We believe that IP can play an important positive role in commercial..

Joe McAlary - Feb 22, 2021

HALLOUMI v BBQLOUMI – General Court rules that there is no likelihood of confusion

In a long running dispute over the marks “HALLOUMI” and “BBQLOUMI”,..

Maria Hall - Feb 09, 2021

New partner promotions

We are delighted to announce the promotion of two of our senior..

Sean Jauss - Feb 04, 2021

Protecting your intellectual property: top tips for start-ups

It is common currency that intellectual property (IP) is an important..

Andy King - Feb 03, 2021

The principle of replacement in trade marks

The creation, by Brexit, of many thousands of new ‘comparable’ UK..

Sofia Arenal - Feb 03, 2021

Practical considerations for evidence at the UKIPO

Since it is no longer possible to cover the UK by filing a trade mark..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jan 29, 2021

In(sta)fringement: reporting trade mark infringement on Instagram

Most readers will be familiar with Instagram, a global photo and..

Joe McAlary - Jan 22, 2021

The Zoom boom: Is there a downside?

Forward: features discuss and celebrate the best of innovation and..

Andy King - Jan 01, 2021

Webinar - What does Brexit really mean for trade marks, designs and patents?

The UK formally left the EU at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020. This..

Kate O'Rourke - Dec 16, 2020

Brexit has happened - what you need to know about the impact on trade marks

Kate O’Rourke sets out the principles for UK and EU trade mark..

Tanis Keirstead - Dec 14, 2020

New appointments signal rapid growth for Mewburn Ellis in Munich

We have continued to demonstrate impressive growth with a series of..

Richard Johnson - Nov 29, 2020

Deep trouble: what can happen when we can’t sleep?

It has perhaps never been harder for us to get our heads down. But..

Edmund Harrison - Nov 24, 2020

Amazon Pharmacy trade mark battle

Amazon’s latest trademark dispute stems from its efforts to launch a..

Kate O'Rourke - Nov 20, 2020

UKIPO confirms new ‘Address for Service’ rules

CITMA is celebrating a major victory on Brexit in the wake of the..

Andy King - Nov 06, 2020

The impact of Brexit on .EU domain names

Internet domain names are crucial commercial assets for many..

Kate O'Rourke - Oct 29, 2020

Impact of Brexit on designs – an update

As of 1st January 2021, Registered Community Designs (RCDs),..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Oct 28, 2020

Naming pharmaceuticals: considerations for choosing, clearing and registering pharmaceutical brand names

There are many different types of names you might see associated with..

Andy King - Oct 26, 2020

Utilising the potential of Amazon Brand Registry to protect and benefit your brand

As representatives for thousands of our client’s EUTM and UK trade..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 23, 2020

Chambers & Partners 2020 Legal Guide - Band 1 Recommended Firm

We are pleased to report that Mewburn Ellis has been ranked Band 1 in

Andy King - Oct 22, 2020

Three-dimensional Ferrari trade mark driven to partial cancellation

EUIPO Cancellation Division partially cancels trade mark consisting..

Jacqueline Murphy - Oct 01, 2020

Mewburn Ellis: top tier firm Legal 500 2021

We are delighted to be ranked top tier for our patent practice in the..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 30, 2020

Renewal of EU trade marks post-Brexit

Owners of EU Trade Marks (EUTMs) which are due to be renewed after..

Edmund Harrison - Sep 18, 2020

Bad Faith at the UK IPO – a review of recent cases

The recent Sky v SkyKick case has put a renewed focus on the issue of..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Sep 18, 2020

Banksy’s ‘Flower Thrower’ trade mark cancelled for bad faith

A recent decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 15, 2020

Facing facts: How the rise of face coverings has brought IP risks

Forward: features discuss and celebrate the best of innovation and..

Andy King - Sep 11, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover unable to defend three-dimensional trade mark before the UK High Court

UK High Court (HC) upholds decision of UK IPO to refuse registration..

Kate O'Rourke - Sep 01, 2020

The benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to brands and businesses

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is standard practice for most..

Jacqueline Pang - Aug 28, 2020

Chinese character marks at the EUIPO

As Chinese companies continue to grow and expand overseas, there has..

Rebecca Campbell - Aug 10, 2020

Is Sky the limit in the David versus Goliath trade mark battle of the last decade?

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto examines the potential implications of Sky..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Aug 05, 2020

Geographical indications: the evolving scope of evocation

Under EU law, protected designations of origin (PDOs) and protected..

Edmund Harrison - Jul 29, 2020

®egistration and/or use of a trade mark – an automatic defence in the UK to trade mark infringement claims?

It is quite a common and perfectly reasonable assumption by some..

Kate O'Rourke - Jul 29, 2020

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court - ongoing success for brand owners

Since 1990 businesses seeking to defend their intellectual property..

Sofia Arenal - Jul 28, 2020

Oreo vs Twins - the biscuit wars

Since 2015, two major biscuit manufacturers, have been doing battle,..

Rebecca Campbell - Jul 22, 2020

Branding in the TikTok® era

The social media landscape has changed significantly over the last..

Andy King - Jul 16, 2020

Madrid Protocol designations - the growing requirement for domestic representatives

The absence of a requirement to instruct local professional..

Jacqueline Pang - Jun 26, 2020

Industry makeover: how the cosmetics industry has been affected by COVID-19

The cosmetics industry has undergone a major transformation during..

Edmund Harrison - Jun 18, 2020

Life after Skykick: where next for wide specification filings at the UK IPO and EU IPO?

This article examines some of the issues around the concept of use..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jun 08, 2020

Zombie trade marks: overcoming the pitfalls of resurrecting a brand

Have you ever fondly remembered a brand from your youth and wished..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Jun 05, 2020

Branding in times of crisis: It’s time to make your mark meaningful

David Benady explains why a brand based on solid values is now a..

Joe McAlary - May 11, 2020

Packaging – why a design registration could help protect your look

The food and drink sector is a notoriously crowded and competitive..

Joseph Newcombe - May 07, 2020

InVEntions of WWII

VE day on Friday 8 May 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of..

Kate O'Rourke - May 06, 2020

Counterfeit contagion: fraudulent activities spread amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused disruption to manufacturing..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 30, 2020

The power of trade marks: social distancing logos during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

We are all now familiar with the social distancing guidelines set out..

Stephan Hoefs - Apr 22, 2020

The CJEU delivers the sweet fragrance of victory to Amazon

On 2 April 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 09, 2020

Why a "COVID-19” trade mark should be rejected

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly forced us all to adapt our..

Maria Hall - Apr 01, 2020

New partner promotion and director appointments

We are delighted to announce five new roles across three of our..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 19, 2020

Parallel imports of pharmaceuticals – A UK trade mark perspective

The UK parallel import licensing scheme lets a medicine authorised in..

Kate O'Rourke - Mar 09, 2020

When the sky is not the limit: Issues facing businesses when expanding services and products

Conflicting views on the legitimacy of filing trademarks with broad..

Sarah Kostiuk-Smith - Mar 06, 2020

Why 'innoversity' is an imperative

Andrea Brewster, lead executive officer at IP Inclusive, writes for..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 05, 2020

Latest in Halloumi trade mark dispute

In July 2014, Bulgarian company M. J. Dairies EOOD filed a European..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Mar 03, 2020

What’s in a name? Enforcing trade mark rights and the own name defence

Clothing and accessories brand Hugo Boss has recently found itself..

Andy King - Feb 20, 2020

Sky v Skykick - status quo remains for trade mark owners


Sky, the TV, broadcasting, media and telecommunications..

Jacqueline Murphy - Feb 17, 2020

World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020

Mewburn Ellis is delighted to once again be ranked in World Trade..

Andy King - Dec 04, 2019

Rubik’s Cube trade mark in puzzling General Court decision

This article was originally published on the CITMA website. View the..

Kate O'Rourke - Dec 02, 2019

The Aboriginal flag dispute in focus: who owns the right to use?

The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Nov 27, 2019

General Court annuls incorrect interpreted specification of trade mark

We are delighted to report that our client Alliance Pharmaceuticals..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Oct 02, 2019

5 top tips to prevent trade mark ‘genericide’

Most trade mark owners will be aware that their UK or European Union..

Andy King - Aug 12, 2019

USPTO changes rules of representation for overseas trade mark applicants

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has recently changed the..

Andy King - Jul 31, 2019

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trademarks: can (and should) you register culturally sensitive names?

Andy King, Partner and Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, discusses..

Dydra Donath - Jul 24, 2019

New European spirit drinks regulation EU 2019/787

Dydra Donath breaks down the new regulation the EU has placed on..

Kate O'Rourke - Jun 21, 2019

Three-stripes and you’re out: Adidas lose trade mark battle

Adidas’ famed three-stripe logo has been deemed as lacking..

Dydra Donath - May 20, 2019

Glen Buchenbach - Scotch whisky?

Originally published in The Trademark Lawyer, Dydra Donath discusses..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Apr 03, 2019

Babybel trade mark blow

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has dealt a blow to the..

Robert Watson - Mar 21, 2019

Numbering system for re-registered design rights and comparable trade marks

The UK enacted the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 which provides the basis..

Maria Hall - Mar 11, 2019

Former CITMA President Kate O’Rourke to head our European trade mark services

We are delighted to announce that Kate O’Rourke will join the firm on..

Jacqueline Murphy - Feb 04, 2019

WTR 1000 2019 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals

We are delighted to have been named as a recommended firm in the ..

Rebecca Anderson-Smith - Dec 06, 2018

Significant blow to Cadbury in purple trade mark battle

Cadbury has been dealt a blow by the Court of Appeal in its battle to..

Jacqueline Pang - Jul 20, 2018

Roger Federer in trade mark dispute with Nike

Roger Federer recently left Nike and signed a deal with Uniqlo..

Anna Mudge - Apr 20, 2018

Celebrating women working in IP in the North West

On Thursday 19 April, we were proud hosts of an American Intellectual..