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EUTM Enhancements - 1 October 2017
  • FRKelly
  • European Union, Ireland
  • October 12 2017

A number of changes affecting European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs) came into force on 1 October 2017. Overall, these changes are a positive development


A Diamond is Forever: but is your slogan?
  • FRKelly
  • European Union
  • December 2 2015

Corporations invest vast amounts of money in developing and advertising their brands. Slogans are often used to increase brand awareness. A catchy


Recording Transfers at the European Patent Office
  • FRKelly
  • European Union
  • December 5 2016

The latest European Patent Office (EPO) Guidelines for Examination have been issued including an important update regarding the recordation of


Johnson & Johnson and Novartis are fined for delaying market entry of fentanyl
  • FRKelly
  • European Union
  • December 12 2013

On 10 December 2013, the European Commission announced that it has imposed fines of 10.798 million euros on Johnson & Johnson (J&J) (with


English High Court orders ISPs to block counterfeit goods websites
  • FRKelly
  • United Kingdom
  • December 1 2014

On 17 October 2014, the English High Court ruled that trade mark proprietors can obtain court orders obliging Internet Service Providers ("ISPs") to


Why are celebrities trade marking their children’s names?
  • FRKelly
  • Global
  • July 20 2017

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, two very successful music artists, registered their baby’s name Blue Ivy Carter as a European Union Trade Mark back in 2012


In bad shape: Registration of 3D trademarks
  • FRKelly
  • Ireland
  • February 22 2016

It is common knowledge that words, phrases and logos (such as Coca-Cola, ‘Have a break’ and the Nike swoosh) can be protected as registered


ECJ: appeal courts must state reasons too
  • FRKelly
  • European Union
  • April 30 2015

The toy manufacturer MEGA Brands International (maker of Mega Bloks and long-time rival to Lego) is back in the courts again - this time taking on


Changes in European Patent Office practice following findings of lack of unity
  • FRKelly
  • European Union
  • April 20 2017

A recent change in European Patent Office (EPO) practice is a further, welcome example of applicant-friendly procedures being implemented by the EPO


Can you benefit from the UK Patent Box regime?
  • FRKelly
  • Ireland, United Kingdom
  • November 15 2013

The new Patent Box regime will apply a 10 rate of corporation tax, broadly to profits derived from patented products and processes, phased in over