Nestlé has long wanted to trademark the four-finger shape of its KitKat bars, and 17 May marks its latest attempt to stop the competition (Cadbury) from getting a say in the matter.
If your company relies on video conferencing or posts its fare share of photos on social media, then chances are you’ve felt let down by your upload speed – and you’re not the only one.
Gina Bicknell, a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, advises businesses on the importance of considering IP protection from the get go.
The Football Premier League hit the headlines recently, not for sporting reasons, but due to a legal first – the obtaining of an injunction requiring the likes of BT and Virgin to block access to servers used to provide live streams of Premier League football matches to UK consumers.
The importance of intellectual property protection is two-fold. On the one hand, it’s about protecting key business assets and on the other, it’s about unlocking and exploiting the value in those assets through activity such as licensing deals.
Often, when deciding where to apply for IP protection, the most difficult challenge is knowing in which countries any new product or service is likely to be most successful. Here are a few IP considerations to take into account.
Michael Conway, an associate and chartered trademark attorney at intellectual property firm Haseltine Lake, discusses recent high-profile cases of Western brands protecting trademarks in China – and what it means for UK businesses thinking of operating in the country.
Laurence Brown, a partner at Intellectual Property Law firm EIP, reveals his most common IP mistakes and how to avoid them.
We’re into the fourth quarter of the year, and the newest editions to the Real Business website is our September 2016 economic statistics feature.
On 26 July, the UK announced it will open trade offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Raleigh, North Carolina, and San Diego, California. The offices will promote UK businesses and build new economic ties, as similar existing offices in cities like Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle have done.
In 1975 when I was two years old “IP” meant something different from intellectual property – but that’s when the powers-that-be started saying “wouldn’t it be great if a patent covered the whole of Europe?” Over 40 years later, on the cusp of that dream becoming a reality, the Europe-wide patent has been killed by the Brexit decision.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games is almost upon us! 5 August will see the iconic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro become the focal point of the world when it plays host to the opening ceremony of arguably the biggest spectacle in the sporting calendar.