IP



Tech companies in renewables sector urged to secure IP rights

Tech companies operating in the renewable energy sector could cause decades of damage to their market position if they fail to secure their IP rights now, an expert has warned.

Published 30 June 2020

IP stats show Scotland is a hotbed of innovation 

The latest patent, trademark and design data from the UK Intellectual Property Office shows an impressive performance from Scotland in 2019.

Published 18 June 2020

Kinged: Louis Vuitton chequerboard print finds favour with General Court

The General Court of the European Union has sided with Louis Vuitton in a long-running dispute over its canvas chequerboard print, The Fashion Law reports.

Published 18 June 2020

Colin Hulme: Reforming the Scottish IP court

Bill Gates famously said “intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana”. If this suggests he is not a huge fan of intellectual property rights that is certainly not reflected by Microsoft, the company in which he made his fortune. Microsoft has an enormous patent portfolio in excess of 100,000 patents and counting, with thousands of fresh patent applications made every year. That is a whole lot of bananas!

Published 26 May 2020

Old Course bosses fail in 'St Andrews' trademark bid

Bosses at the home of golf have failed in a legal battle over the rights to the name 'St Andrews', The Times reports.

Published 13 May 2020

Conor McGregor fails in legal fight against clothier

Conor McGregor has failed in a legal battle against a clothing company whose sportswear bears the same name.

Published 23 April 2020

Trump loses trademark case over branded merchandise at Scottish golf resorts

Donald Trump has failed in a legal battle over branded merchandise at his golf resorts in Scotland.

Published 16 April 2020

Steven Gerrard succeeds in trademark case

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has succeeded in a legal fight with two sportswear firms who attempted to block his clothing range.

Published 15 January 2020

Company behind Edinburgh Harry Potter shop faces legal action

The company behind a shop selling Harry Potter memorabilia faces a lawsuit from Hollywood, The Times reports.

Published 12 December 2019

Copyright crackdown risks ‘automated censorship’ of internet

The EU’s controversial copyright crackdown risks ‘automated censorship’ of the internet, the chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation will warn today.

Published 9 October 2019

Murgitroyd sees profits rise by 16.4 per cent to £4.16m

Profit before tax at IP attorneys Murgitroyd rose by 16.4 per cent to £4.16 million while revenue increased by 7.5 per cent to £48m this year, its preliminary financial results to 31 May 2019 show.

Published 18 September 2019

Tune into the melody: Kraftwerk wins 20-year court battle over unauthorised sampling

Sampling without authorisation can infringe a phonogram producer’s rights, though the use of a sound sample taken from a phonogram in a modified form unrecognisable to the ear does not infringe those rights, even without such authorisation, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in a case first brought by the German electronic group Kraftwerk 20 years ago.

Published 30 July 2019

Cameron Intellectual property announces London expansion

Cameron Intellectual Property has announced major growth plans for London.

Published 10 July 2019

First ever 'motion mark' granted by UK Intellectual Property Office

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has granted the first ever multimedia trademark.

Published 1 July 2019

FFS! US Supreme Court strikes down law banning bad language trademarks

A ban on trademarks of "immoral" or "scandalous" words and symbols has been struck down by the US Supreme Court in a case involving a clothing brand with a sensitive name.

Published 25 June 2019