If you scale up too fast without nailing your intellectual property, you could be in for a disaster down the line. PatSnap explains.
The Bob Marley heirs have had their fair share of trademark battles, but their latest trek to court offers an important lesson for smaller companies.
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.
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.
Laurence Brown, a partner at Intellectual Property Law firm EIP, reveals his most common IP mistakes and how to avoid them.
You’d think we wouldn’t get a country mixed up with a supermarket chain, but a nation really is on a vendetta to melt (sorry, we mean sue) a firm for stealing away business – we’ve dubbed it the Icelandic trademark war.
Intellectual property represents up to 70 per cent of a company’s value, and spend on the creation and protection of patents, trademarks and other intangible assets is rising fast. Yet the true worth of IP remains difficult to accurately measure.
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.
Digital imagery and copy offers business almost unlimited scope to promote itself. Razor-sharp online images and fibre-optic networks capable of delivering high-definition material to millions of computers, tablets and smartphones have been game-changing, but the new landscape brings risk with it as well.
Daniel Chew, lead partner of major European intellectual property firm Haseltine Lake’s China group and Michael Conway, associate trade mark attorney, also of Haseltine Lake, discuss the recent Apple trade mark case and what it means for UK businesses.