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A Patent Grace Period for the United Kingdom?

The British trade minister Liz Truss recently announced that the UK is seeking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal. The CPTPP includes a number of provisions on intellectual property (IP) and some of these will require changes to existing UK patent law. The CPTPP requires...

Blumenwerfer-Entscheidung des EUIPO – Bedarf es einer Nutzungsabsicht bei der Markenregistrierung?

Das Europäische Markenamt (EUIPO) hat kürzlich eine interessante Entscheidung hinsichtlich der Notwendigkeit einer Nutzungsabsicht in Bezug auf registrierte Unionsmarken gefällt. Konkret ging es um eine bereits im Jahr 2014 registrierte Bildmarke mit der Nummer 012575155, die eines der bekanntesten Gemälde des Künstlers Banksy zeigt. Es handelt sich um das Gemälde...

Non-Disclosure Agreements

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a contract (or a part of a contract) between at least two organisations which governs confidential material, knowledge, or information that the organisations wish to share with one another, but wish to restrict access to, and not disclose the confidential information publicly. The NDA can also be...

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges to the Intellectual Property Rights Framework

The European Union published in November 2020 a report on the challenges to the Intellectual Property Rights framework by the development of artificial intelligence. The report focussed in particular on the fields of copyright and patent law as this is the area in which the challenges are increasingly found. The...

Dot.EU domain names suspended

The beginning of 2021 saw the end of the transition period whilst the United Kingdom exited the European Union. As a result, companies and individuals based in the UK can no longer hold .EU domain names as only the following persons, companies or organisations are eligible to register .eu domain...

Counterfeiting and Piracy Hotspots

The European Commission’s recently published its second Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List. This list names websites and physical marketplaces located outside of the EU (but are often accessible to European consumers) that are reported to engage in, facilitate or benefit from counterfeiting and piracy. These activities undermine the intellectual property...

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

The European Union and the United Kingdom finally completed their negotiations on a trade and cooperation agreement on Christmas Eve. The published text is available both on the European Commission's and the UK government's website. It comprises 1246 pages of dense text including a number of annexes. In addition there...