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Exhaustion of copyright

January 31 2014 The principle of exhaustion is an established international legal doctrine. It provides that a copyright owner’s right to control copies of their…

Old drugs, new tricks: patent considerations in drug repurposing

January 28 2015 The drug discovery and development path for a New Chemical Entity (NCE) can take 10 to 15 years and cost 1 to 2 billion dollars. Repurposing is the…

Do ‘class headings’ cover everything in a class?

February 7 2013 When filing a trade mark application, an applicant must state the goods or services that the trade mark is to cover, so clearly defining the scope of…

Issues for TM owners - new gTLDs

January 31 2014 The core group of generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) such as .com, .info, .net and .org is set to expand significantly over the next few years…

When is a doughnut not a doughnut? When it’s in Spain (apparently)

February 7 2013 This decision by the General Court highlights a problem that can arise when CTMs and national trade mark rights interact.

Breaking News - EPO Fee Increase 2016

January 29 2016 The EPO is increasing many official fees by about 1-2% with effect from 1 April 2016. See the Decision of the Administrative Council of 16 December…

New UK patents and trade marks renewal scam

December 2 2015 The UK Intellectual Property Office has been alerted to a new renewal scam and is warning all patent and trade mark owners who are due to renew their…

Changes to the PACE programme for accelerated prosecution of patent applications at the EPO

December 1 2015 PACE is one of the mechanisms Applicants can use to speed up prosecution of an application at the EPO. A recent notice from the EPO (here) updates…

IP scammers face record financial liability

November 18 2015 A prolific and persistent scammer, responsible for deliberately scamming Intellectual Property Office (IPO) customers has been found liable for trade…

18th draft of UPC Rules of Procedure adopted

October 28 2015 The Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) have been adopted by the UPC Preparatory Committee at their meeting on 19 October 2015…