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Confirmation of a UK 'opoly' monopoly

Is Galatopoly too similar to Monopoly for use in connection with games? Would the customer be confused into thinking the games were necessarily related?
05 November 2013

Copyright, Chechnya and the Internet

A unique story has come to light from Chechnya, where the country’s president, Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, was caught infringing another user’s copyright on a social networking site.
15 October 2013

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Copyright guidance note

Read our copyright guidance note to find out more about UK copyright, protection and infringement by third party rights under the UK Copyright Act (Copyright, Design and Patent Act 1988).
14 October 2013

Can you withdraw permission to use a trade mark?

Handbags? In Martin Y Paz Diffusion SA v David Depuydt, the European Court was asked whether it was possible to withdraw consent given for the concurrent use of a trade mark for leather goods.
03 October 2013

UK Fast Track Trade Mark Oppositions go live

Brand owners can use the UK Intellectual Property Office’s new fast track procedure to object to later-filed trade marks.
01 October 2013

General Court spots the difference between 'Golden Balls' and 'Ballon D'or'

The General Court of the European Union has annulled the decision of the Community trade marks Office’s Board of Appeal to partially refuse an application to register the trade mark 'Golden Balls'.
20 September 2013

A bad bet: Monte-Carlo Casino fails in claim for trade mark infringement and passing off

Why did SBM, the owner of Casino de Monte-Carlo, fail in its claim for trade mark infringement and passing off against AIL who provided 'fun' casino entertainment at weddings and corporate functions?
19 September 2013

New Fast Track UK opposition launches on 1 October 2013

The UK IPO has announced a new fast track for oppositions; stated aim 'affordable cost'.
16 September 2013

Interesting evidence decision at the IPO

How does the IPO decide a case when the parties don't turn up? See how the IPO hearing officer dealt with this unusual question in the case of Coupling Technology Limited v Coupling Solutions LLC.
11 September 2013

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ECJ: OHIM has discretion to take into account evidence filed after deadline

Dickerson and Gibson publish an article about OHIM's discretion to consider evidence filed after the initial deadline in Community Trade Mark opposition proceedings following a recent ECJ decision.
30 August 2013

Hard line on patent threats reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal

A patent threats principle laid down in the nineteenth century has been reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd v Clariant Produkte.
07 August 2013

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Controversial damages principle for patents overturned in Supreme Court

A controversial damages principle for patents which are later revoked has been overturned in the Supreme Court. 
05 August 2013
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