Colour Marks John Deere has become the first brand owner to be awarded remedies by a Chinese court for infringement of a registered trade mark consisting of a colour combination since Chinese trade mark law first made provision for them in 2001. In a decision handed down in January, the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court […]
Insights: February 2014
Linda Harland pits the trade mark systems of the world against each other in Managing Intellectual Property
Reddie & Grose consultant Linda Harland has written, as a guest blogger for Managing Intellectual Property, an article which pits the trade mark systems of the world against each other. If she ruled the world of trade marks how would she design the perfect trade mark office? Click here to read the article on the […]
From 1st April 2014, the EPO will cancel the two year period, calculated from the date of the first communication from the examining division, restricting the time period in which voluntary divisional applications can be filed. As a result, it will again be possible to file a divisional application at any time while the parent […]
Italy has long been counted among the ten biggest world economies and currently ranks sixth among the EPC contracting states for number of European patent applications filed per year. However, when, in December 2012, the agreement on enhanced cooperation that led to the adoption of the Regulations instituting the Unitary Patent was signed, Italy opted […]
The ongoing battles between Nestlé and Cadbury have provided Mr Justice Arnold with the opportunity to request long sought after clarification from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on when a shape mark acquires distinctiveness through use. Background In 2010, Société des Produits Nestlé SA (Nestlé) applied to register the following shape […]
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