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In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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Design Features Summer 2016

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Design Features Summer 2016

Highlights this Issue

  • Stop Press - the British Referendum

  • The Trunki case - supremely unhelpful to pro se applicants?

  • Good news for merchandisersand craftsmen...

  • Tripp Trapp - a chain of copyright cumulation chair cases

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Stop Press - the British Referendum

On 23rd June the UK public voted narrowly to leave the European Union.  The vote was advisory, not binding, but at present we think the chances are better than 50% that t...

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The Trunki case - supremely unhelpful to pro se ap...

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is only seven years old in name, but it is the successor to the venerable Judicial Committee of the House of Lords. It has been ov...

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Good news for merchandisers and craftsmen...Copyri...

Copyright protection for three dimensional articles in the UK is curtailed by Sections 51 & 52 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act. The former denies protection to th...

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Tripp Trapp - a chain of copyright cumulation chai...

The Tripp Trapp chair, depicted below, was created by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik in 1972 for his own son. With removable seat-plates and foot-plates inserted into sl...

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UK News

Stop Press - the British Referendum

On 23rd June the UK public voted narrowly to leave the European Union.  The vote was advisory, not binding, but at present we think the chances are better than 50% that t...

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The Trunki case - supremely unhelpful to pro se ap...

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is only seven years old in name, but it is the successor to the venerable Judicial Committee of the House of Lords. It has been ov...

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UK design fees to fall

The UK Government has announced its intention to reduce its (already low) design fees in the near future, for several reasons.1.    In part, the reductions...

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New UK design appeal route

Appeals from IPO decisions go to the Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal, (a part of the Patents Court within the High Court) and are as rare as hen’s teeth; Jenkins acted...

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UK to join the international design system this ye...

The International (Hague Agreement) system for design registration via WIPO has for many years offered a central registration system for designs.It has recently become mo...

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UK to launch design opinion service

Effective this Autumn (barring slippages), the UK IPO will launch a new service – impartial Opinions on design validity and infringement, for an official fee proposed as ...

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UK threats law to be simplified

One unusual feature of UK Intellectual Property practice is that many threats of litigation are actionable by the person threatened. On one hand, the Courts encourage par...

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Good news for merchandisers and craftsmen...Copyri...

Copyright protection for three dimensional articles in the UK is curtailed by Sections 51 & 52 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act. The former denies protection to th...

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​Substantive Design Law Issues

Tripp Trapp - a chain of copyright cumulation chai...

The Tripp Trapp chair, depicted below, was created by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik in 1972 for his own son. With removable seat-plates and foot-plates inserted into sl...

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Birthday train (BGH, I ZR 143/12 GRUR-Prax 2014, 1...

In this recent German Supreme Court case, the applicant was an independent toy designer who designed toys for defendant, a manufacturer and distributor of toys, for a roy...

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International designs - The EU/UK "national phase"...

As applicants from Korea, Japan and the US can now use the International (Hague) design system, we are often asked what is involved in taking an International Design succ...

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European PErspectives

New European registration guidance

The European Trade Mark & Design Network, a grouping of national patent offices co-ordinated by the EUIPO  (formerly OHIM) containing the EU design registration ...

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Product problems ahead in Europe?

A key advantage of registered design protection in Europe is the fact that the protection granted extends to all products. A new and individual logo or shape can the...

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