Unified Patent Court timetable delayed

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) – a supranational court that will cover all participating European Member States in a single action –…

Quizzical Minds

A team from Dolleymores recently took part in a charity Quiz Night, in Watford, to support a very worthy local charity The…

Plain packaging on tobacco products mean Trade Marks go up in smoke

Last year the UK Government required all tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging, but allowed some time to exhaust existing…

#Hashtag #TheEasyWayToAdvertise

The hashtag. Once: an infrequently used symbol to denote number systems and indexing within specific industries, now: a common place sign which…

UPC on course to come into effect in 2017

Update on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Since our last update on the status of the implementation of…

Seminar at AIPPI Japan on Unitary Patent/Unified Patent Court, and on Brexit

Two of our partners, John Kensett and Rupert Knights, were recently honoured to be invited to host a seminar for the Japanese…

Speaking to Patent Examiners

In places such as the USA and Japan, telephone interviews with the Patent Office Examiner are often useful in reaching agreement on…

Is your IP in the right name?

When you first file an application to register some Intellectual Property (IP), say with a patent or trademark application, or an application…

G1/15 – The End of “Poisonous Divisionals”

On 29 November 2016, the decision in case number G 1/15 was announced by the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European…

Get in shape!

Perhaps the notion of ‘getting in shape’ will be a New Year’s resolution for some, but intriguingly, it can also be a…

Presentation to Japanese Patent Attorneys

I was recently honoured to be asked to give a presentation in Osaka, Japan to the Kinki (Kansai) Branch of the Japanese…

A room with a view

Over the past few decades architectural design has brought us some iconic buildings, many of which have been given fanciful names. This…

Latest counterfeit figures released by the EUIPO

The latest figures of aspects concerning counterfeit goods seized at EU external borders have been released in a recent report by the…

Female inventors – Russia, France and Susan top the lists

The UKIPO has issued a report, based on worldwide patent statistics, to assess whether the increase in women studying science, technology, engineering…

Warner Bros reports its own websites for copyright infringement

Intellectual Property rights, such as copyright and trade marks, are extremely important to film studios and it is the enforcement of these…

BREXIT – UK IPO response

Reinforcing the “business as usual” message from our earlier post on the impact of “BREXIT” on IP, which may be found here, the UK…

Should they have?

There has been some coverage in the media recently about Specsavers’ application to register the mark SHOULD’VE – details here. Most people…

UK Referendum Decision to Leave the EU – Business as Usual

On 23 June 2016, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union. Crucially, as far as Dolleymores clients are…

Italy to ratify UPC in 2016?

The Italian Government, on Friday, approved the draft bill for the ratification and implementation of the agreement establishing the Unified Patent Court (UPC). With…

The Joy of Seeking Correct Advice

I recently watched the film “JOY” starring Jennifer Lawrence. This is based upon the true life story of Joy Mangano, inventor of…

For the love of cloves

Being a keen fan of herbs and spices in the kitchen, I have followed the efforts to protect the Zanzibar Clove with…

Royal Recognition for ITMA

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (known as ITMA), the professional body for Registered Trade Mark Attorneys, has this week been awarded…

Stairway to Heaven Copyright Case

A US judge has ruled that the iconic rock song “Stairway to Heaven” has sufficient similarities to the song “Taurus” by the…

Indian Take-Away

In March this year, the Trade Marks Registry in India, in an effort to clear its backlog of pending applications for registration,…

Trunki – the end of the road

The Supreme Court has, today (9 March 2016), handed down its decision in the case of PMS International Group Plc (Respondent) v…

Upcoming EPO Fee Increases

The majority of the official fees of the European Patent Office increase from 1 April 2016 by around 1%.  Any official fee…

Community Trade Mark Regulation Amendments

Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council of 16 December 2016, amending the Community Trade Mark Regulation (EC)…

UPC Court Fees & Recoverable Costs Published

The Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has now published the Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs. The Rules on…

Use it or lose it…IKEA

Well known furniture store IKEA have had two of their trade mark registrations cancelled by the Supreme Court in Indonesia for goods…

Decision in GLEE Trade Mark Dispute

In 1999 Comic Enterprises, an operator of a small number of comedy clubs across the UK, obtained a trade mark registration for…

Congratulations to Ischebeck Titan

Congratulations to Dolleymores client, Ischebeck Titan, who recently won the 2015 Construct Award for Innovation and Best Practice. The award was given…

Anne Frank’s Diary – in or out of copyright?

Anne Frank, who wrote the famous diary detailing her family’s time in hiding during the Second World War, died 70 years ago.…

Reflections on the last 30 years

I joined the firm in February 1986 as Saunders & Dolleymore. Following our rebrand some thirty years later, it is a time…

Welcome to Dolleymores

From 1 February 2016, Saunders & Dolleymore LLP has changed its trading style to Dolleymores. There have been no changes in partners…

Unitary Patent Update

The number of states that have ratified the UPC (Unitary Patent Court) agreement recently reached nine, with Finland the latest signatory state…

Scam Alert

There are a number of unofficial registries and directories which are purporting to be ‘official’. Typically these offer renewal services at extortionate…

Cuts to UK registered design fees proposed

The UK Government recently launched a consultation for changes to UK registered designs. The consultation is aimed at encouraging designers to seek…

Congratulations to Arup

Arup recently won the Grand an prize at the Hong Kong Awards Siber for Industries (HKAI): Innovation and Creativity. The HKAI aims to…