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“If one is a master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things“– Vincent Van Gogh

The team at Virtuoso Legal are continually reviewing the field of intellectual property for impactful news and meaningful changes.

As a forward-thinking law firm, we seek in any given moment to be able to offer cutting-edge advice that reflects the constantly shifting status of the law.

As part of this process we produce weekly “IP Insights”, which catalogue significant changes in IP and their significance.

By virtuoso

09/07/19

Last year saw the largest fine in recent years for breach of data protection legislation. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed a £500,000 levy against Facebook for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal (the one which saw Mark Zuckerberg dragged before Congress in the US). This fine was handed out under the Data Protection…

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By Martin Douglas Hendry

01/07/19

Jurisdiction and governing law clauses are nowadays present in all agreements as a means to providing more clarity in relation to the relevant legislation. Both parties in an agreement will want to choose the most favourable jurisdiction and governing law to them. Where the parties of an agreement are both based in England and their…

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By virtuoso

01/07/19

On 19 June 2019, the General Court (EGC) issued a press release confirming a judgment invalidating adidas’ “three-stripe” trade mark (as reproduced below).   Case background adidas currently have over 5,000 live marks registered in the world. Most of the marks are registered in class 25 (clothing, footwear). In December 2013, adidas applied to register…

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By virtuoso

06/06/19

Intellectual Property Remains at the Heart of US’s China Complaints The United States has been unwavering in its criticism of China for allegedly stealing intellectual property from US companies, and imposing what the US sees as “unreasonable” technology transfer practicesto China. The latest escalation of the same has seen President Trump’s embargo of trade relations…

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By virtuoso

13/05/19

Jaguar Land Rover wins Landmark IP case against Jinagling Motors UK-based luxury car-maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) won a intellectual-property court victory in China last month over a Chinese rival that was making what was determined to be a copycat model. Jiangling Motors was found guilty of copying JLR’s Evoque SUV, with its strikingly similar…

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By virtuoso

03/04/19

Intern Oscar Guardo has helped rifle through the stories that moved and shook the month; identifying 10 tasty morsels for your consideration. Here, in no particular order is our IP top 10! #10 Fallout: Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market After two and a half years of continuous controversy, the European Parliament has…

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By virtuoso

04/02/19

So without further ado, in no particular order, here’s everything you missed, but need to know, in IP this month from outside of Virtuoso Legal. (And also a few bits from December). #10 Big Mac Under Attack in the EU In one of the most remarkable pieces of trade mark revocation / cancellation news we…

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