Skip navigation
Virtuoso

0113 237 9900

Contact us

Knowledge

IP Insight and Opinion

“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

13/08/19

Background On 31 July 2019, the Cancellation Division took the decision to partially revoke McDonald’s ‘Mc’ word mark. This process began on 11 April 2017 the Irish Company, Supermac’s filed a request for revocation of McDonald’s ‘Mc’ on the basis of Article 58(1)(a) of the EUTMR. We remind readers that under Art 58(1)(a), a mark…

Read more

By virtuoso

09/08/19

The General Court provided on 14 May 2019 its decision in the case Moreira v EUIPO in relation to the mark “NEYMAR.”   Background On 17 December 2012, Mr Carlos Moreira made an application to register as an EU word mark “NEYMAR” in class 25 for “clothing, footwear, headgear.” The application was not opposed, and…

Read more

By virtuoso

08/08/19

Without further ado, here are 10 stories (in no particular order) that made our hit list. Mediaset secure big victory against Dailymotion Online piracy is big business. It may well be the most financially damaging form of copyright infringement for producers of media – whether that’s music, video entertainment or otherwise. In a long standing…

Read more

By virtuoso

29/07/19

A link to the judgment can be found here.   Background Claridge’s Hotel started trading under the name CLARIDGE’S in 1856 and was incorporated in 1889. On 9 May 2003, the Claimant applied to register the word mark “CLARIDGE’s” (738 Mark). On 22 July 2005, the Claimant applied to register in different classes the same…

Read more

By virtuoso

26/07/19

Earlier this week, Virtuoso’s own Liz Ward was asked by LexisPSL to provide case analysis of a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning alleged unlawful interference by a patentee causing significant loss to the NHS. This edition of IP insight takes a look at the context for these issues, and our analysis for LexisPSL can…

Read more

By virtuoso

16/07/19

Let’s begin! This month’s IP Top 10 has a host of interesting headlines for your coffee break. Taken from around the web, we take a look at everything else that has happened that hasn’t involved us. Without further ado – here are the ten stories (in no particular order) that made June’s IP Top Ten.…

Read more

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…

Read more

By Virtuoso Legal

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more
For the latest News and Results straight to your inbox, sign up for updates

How can we help?

If you need assistance in any of these areas, get in touch with our world class solicitors.

Leeds 0113 237 9900

London 0207 412 8372

Get in touch

Cookies

This website uses cookies. You can read more information about why we do this, and what they are used for on our Privacy and Cookies policy page.

Accept Decline