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Unified Patent Court ratification

The UK Minster of State for Intellectual Property’s recent decision to ratify the Unified Patent Court agreement sends an important signal. It signals that this government wants a streamlined process for patent registration and litigation not dependent upon membership of the…

Patents in the fashion industry

The case of Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd (‘Stretchline’) and H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd (‘H&M’) is about: The use of a patented fabric; and The method of producing this fabric. In particular, the case is about the use of…

Unauthorised photographs on website

The Absolute Lofts South West London Limited (‘Absolute Lofts’) and Artisan Home Improvements Limited and Darren Mark Ludbrook (‘Artisan’) case emphasises the modern approach taken by the UK judges against unauthorised use of photographs on websites without the photographer’s consent….

What if you wrongly register trade marks

The case of NOCN (formally National Open College Network) vs Open College Network Credit4Learning (‘OCN’) case emphasises the importance of initiating settlement discussions at an early stage of litigation. It also highlights the need to follow correct due diligence procedures…

Patent box tax changes effect multi-nationals

The government is consulting  on proposals to amend the patent box regime. It’s hoping to prevent multi-national enterprises shifting profits to the UK,  a low tax location, in cases where the multi-national has little economic activity. The Organisation for Economic…