As the world continues to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, we look at the measures taken by our Courts and Intellectual Property Offices to tackle the practical effects the virus is having on working life:
The EU IPO
The UK IPO
The European Courts
The UK Courts
Obviously, the pandemic is very fast moving, and it may be that this article is overtaken by events shortly after it is published! Therefore, all those involved should continue to keep an eye on the relevant guidance published by each of the above entities as the situation continues to develop.
A recent EU trade mark application for the word mark, PUT PUTIN IN, has been refused by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on the grounds of being contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality. While a fairly straightforward decision, this is a timely reminder…
Late yesterday UK time, it was reported that a lawyer for Twitter had sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about Meta’s new Threads app. Twitter claimed that it “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, wilful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.
Copyright litigation proceedings brought in London’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against John Lewis, and its cartoon dragon ‘Excitable Edgar’, have been dismissed.