25/08/2017
Alchemy in the UK: the Supreme Court in Eli Lilly v Actavis transmutes sodium into potassium, but will it provide gold for patentees?
Brian Whitehead and Stuart Jackson   In July 2017, the Supreme Court overruled the Patents Court and the Court of Appeal by holding that Eli Lilly’s patent EP(UK) 1313508 (“Patent”) concerning the use of pemetrexed disodium in the manufacture of a medicament in combination with vitamin B12 for the treatment of cancer, would be directly
30/06/2017
Champagne wars – Cristal v Cristalino
The owner of the “Cristal” brand of champagne, Champagne Louis Roederer, has been awarded more than €1.3 million in its trade mark infringement action against J Garcia Carrion, the proprietor of a brand of cava sold under the name “Cristalino” The long-running legal dispute between the major champagne house Champagne Louis Roederer (CLR) and the
31/05/2017
Slimming World v Asda
High Court proceedings commenced by Slimming World against the supermarket Asda raise a number of interesting questions concerning where the line is drawn between trade mark rights and commercial free speech. In a case which has attracted substantial attention, Miles-Bramwell Executive Services Limited, proprietor of the Slimming World brand, has sued Asda Stores Limited for
01/03/2017
The High Court confirms today that Apple’s UK application for IWATCH, for its SMARTWATCH, is not registrable as a trade mark
Apple had previously tried and failed to register it in the UK Trade Marks Registry, having been opposed by Arcadia Trading Ltd (not in any way related to Philip Green’s Arcadia Group). In the Registry’s published decision going back to August 2016, it had found that the mark was descriptive of a smartwatch. Apple decided
25/02/2017
Ansell files a third patent infringement lawsuit against Reckitt Benckiser in the UK
22 February 2017, London, England – Ansell Healthcare Products LLC and Ansell (UK) Ltd, wholly owned subsidiaries of Ansell Ltd., a global leader in protection solutions, today announced they filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd for their distribution of the “Durex RealFeel®” condom. The action, filed in the High Court
30/01/2017
A Spoonful of IP (January 2017)
January 2017 issue In this issue: * Google AdWords – when does bidding on a competitor’s name infringe their trade marks? * Trade Mark Licences – formal contractual terms recommended * Protecting distinctive products – the limits of passing off law * Iceland v Iceland – The battle over a country name * “Should’ve” registered
25/01/2017
Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys
In April this year the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys “ITMA” (the professional membership organisation representing the interests of the trade mark and design profession) was granted a Royal Charter and is set to become the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. This means that on Thursday this week our registered trade mark attorneys, Martin