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A case has been heard in the Chinese courts on an infringement of registered rights in relation to a design patent for a graphical user interface (GUI). This decision is highly relevant to software developers and marketers, not least because China remains a key market both for manufacturing, and increasingly so, for sales given its continuing rapid expansion.
The changing threat of threats regarding trade marks – the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017
Practitioners in the trade mark field, and owners of brand rights portfolios, have long been aware of the risk in threatening third parties with action in relation to the infringement of registered trade mark rights. Groundless threats, in certain circumstances, are actionable, However, this area of the law is about to be reformed.
In dealing with large brands, often we are asked about protecting and commercialising personal names. Brand management, as it relates to personal names, brings with it certain peculiarities, which one should be aware when operating in this sector.
Once dealt with, always decided? The importance of res judicata and the UK IPO in trade mark disputes
Those dealing with registered trade mark matters will know the importance of properly pleading opposition cases at the UK IPO. A decision of the UK IPO in relation to the grant of registered trade mark rights may very well restrict the complainer in subsequent proceedings. However, one recent decision shows there may be an advantage in pursuing such issues in the Scottish courts.