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Well, we think they are, but other people keep proving us wrong.
We usually explain that a trade mark consists of three pieces of information – who is applying, what the mark is, and what the goods and/or services are. It’s a good idea to give a little careful...
There's a well-known Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” It’s true of many things, and trade mark filings is one of them – although I might modify it to say that the best time was 4...[Read more...]
We don’t have a flag, but if we did then it would be at half-mast.
I’m proud to be a Chartered Patent Attorney, and a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Behind that word “Chartered” lies a Royal Charter, granted by Her Majesty to the Chartered Institutes that I’m a member of, and...[Read more...]
They say there is an economic cycle. A former Prime Minister of these shores claimed to have put an end to that sort of thing when he was in charge of our economy, but the economies of the world apparently had other ideas. So the economists still have something they...[Read more...]
I was wondering what to write about this month, and then two independent unrelated moments both shouted out reasons why you really should have a trade mark attorney in place to look after your portfolio.
First, there’s the letter (below) from “Stern Young & Partners”, reminding us of...
I came across this article in the Washington Post recently, and it got me thinking. In short, there is an established feminine name ‘Alexa’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexa_(name)) that has been given to many newborns over the years – peaking at 6,000 American children in the late 2000s. That means there...[Read more...]
There’s an active debate running in patent offices and courts around the world at the moment, as to whether an AI (artificial intelligence) can be named as an inventor on a patent application. So far, the results have been mixed; South Africa and Australia have said yes, although South African...[Read more...]
Well hello again, time to gather my thoughts and look back at the last month in IP. There’s only one story I could possibly look at, which is the epic battle that has gripped UK social media for weeks… that of Colin and Cuthbert.
For my overseas readers, and any UK...[Read more...]
The end of 2020 saw a breathless push to seal a Brexit agreement between Britain and the EU. This perhaps begs the question, what is the impact of that agreement upon the registration of EU trade marks?
The answer is...
This year has been a little like the Spanish Inquisition. No snazzy red uniforms, sadly, but equally unexpected in its nature. Thinking back to just a year ago (is it really just a year?), who would have thought that the social and economic norms that have been in place our...[Read more...]
Did you know that 40% of all internet-powered searches in the UK and US are now driven by a voice command?
That means a search via one of the speech-interface devices, whether that’s a mobile phone (“Hey Google” or “Hey Siri”) or through one of the many voice controlled in-home devices...[Read more...]
As you know, the UK will be leaving the EU at the end of the transition period – currently set for 31 December 2020 and with the UK government adamant that they will not be extending the date. This will affect...
It’s time for my newsletter again… normally I’ll try to find some snippet from the news about IP, ideally with a mildly amusing angle of some sort. There doesn’t seem to be any of that at the moment, though - the news is all about one subject, and not much...[Read more...]
It’s one of those accepted “things” about trade mark law that you’re always free to use your own name, and that’s come to prominence this week with the news that the comedian formerly known as Joe Lycett has changed his name to “Hugo Boss”, apparently as a form of...[Read more...]
So, it’s the 31st January, and as you all know nothing of any significance is happening today!
I’m serious, in fact. Obviously, there is something happening at 11pm tonight - which has been a good while coming and will probably prove to be quite significant in time. But in...
I do love a David versus Goliath confrontation, and we experienced that ourselves at Downing IP when we represented the Monster Pizza Company last year. In another story that hit the news recently, Bentley Motors (the car company you have probably heard of) lost a landmark case against Manchester...[Read more...]
A question that we are often asked to help with is the decision on which countries to file applications in. This is a really important question, because intellectual property rights are territorial and so if you miss a country out then you aren’t covered there. It’s no use pointing to...[Read more...]
In our previous newsletter I outlined some of the changes and potential issues that businesses need to consider in light of the EU’s passing of Article 13. For a catch up please read here.
Picking up from where we left off, I’d like to explain why you should...[Read more...]
You may have heard about the EU passing “Article 13” and thereby banning memes? Really? Well, not quite, but near enough. There’s a lot of noise about that at the moment, some of which is more accurate than others, but it’s a topic that raises an interesting point. So although...[Read more...]
Welcome to the latest edition of the Downing IP newsletter.
Burger chain McDonalds has been involved in a number of legal cases throughout its 70 year history, many of which relate to intellectual property.
At the time of writing McDonalds has just lost a...[Read more...]
Welcome to the latest edition of the Downing IP newsletter.
If you’re a fan of the BBC TV series “Dragon’s Den” then you’ll be aware that a “Dragon” is an investor and entrepreneur (usually well known) who has the opportunity to interview a...[Read more...]
We are just about half way through the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament. For some this represents a sporting paradise, for others the intensity of the games and the broadcast coverage is enough to turn them into the most ardent escapologists in an effort to avoid the media onslaught...[Read more...]
Are you sitting comfortably? This is the story of the three little pigs, who decided that they were each going to build… a business!
The first little pig chose a nice name for his new business. He said that spending money protecting the name was pointless, as the common law gave...[Read more...]
Just a brief newsletter this month, but a very important piece of news for owners of trade marks and design registrations – we finally have some news on the arrangements for Brexit!
If you recall,...[Read more...]
As you know, we send out our newsletters roughly once a month (or so), and we hope you find them interesting, or useful (or both, ideally!). We included you on our circulation list because we have your details in our marketing database, perhaps because we have spoken to you at...[Read more...]
I wanted to use this month’s newsletter to highlight a pitfall that a couple of contacts of mine have fallen into recently, and that is the use of images on the internet for social media, blogging, newsletters (ahem) and the like.[Read more...]
January has been a busy month for the team at Downing IP and, as with many businesses, the new year has been a time to reflect upon future hopes and directions. We are very much looking forward to 2018 and are...[Read more...]
Welcome to the December issue of the Downing IP Newsletter, with our tribute to Professor Heinz Wolff. I had planned a look back over the year - I was going to cast my mind all the way back to January, when I persuaded an EPO Board of Appeal to finally...[Read more...]
Welcome to the November issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we take a look at the new technology that is making waves in Cancer treatment, the rise in trademarks registered by Financial Services Companies and how trademarking a shape is a tricky business.
Welcome to the October issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we give you the latest updates from the European Patent Office, review the CIPA congress in London and give you the heads up on the paperless Trademark.
Welcome to the September issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we talk about the exciting new changes at Downing IP, and take the opportunity to look ahead and see what lies in store for the EPO in the next few years.
As you may have read...
Welcome to the latest issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we celebrate our five years in business. This important milestone has given me the opportunity to reflect on how much has changed since starting the business and how the business has grown.
Welcome to the June issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we see how the courts are dealing with Patent Trolls, take a look at the growth of innovation in China, and take a break with Kit Kat as they hit the court of appeal.
Welcome to the February issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the power of the patent, as shoe giant Adidas stands the test of time. We review the latest patent from Ford, allowing you to nap comfortably in the car, and see how social media...[Read more...]
Welcome to the January issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we get to grips with tough measures online giant Amazon are taking to protect against counterfeit goods, explain how to get started with patents and find out why The Carpenters are suing Universal Music Group.
Welcome to the December issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we take a festive look at the latest news, featuring Cartier, Iceland and the latest updates on ratifying the UPC.
The luxury brand Cartier will be sparkling a little brighter this Christmas after filing for an injunction...[Read more...]
Welcome to the November issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the complexity of shape in trademark cases, how the relationship between Dunkin Donuts and Splenda turned sour, and get the low-down on trademark infringement.
The iconic Rubix cube has hit the news again, and this...[Read more...]
Welcome to the October issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the power of the big brands when it comes to trademark lawsuits and why it is also key for local businesses.
As the dark nights close in, it is time to get ready...
We take a look at Specsavers, their iconic advertising campaign ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ has now become a household catchphrase, and Specsavers were keen to protect their asset. On the 18th July, they filed their application with the UK IPO and less than a month later the application had been...[Read more...]
You may have an Apple watch, but did you know that that Swiss giant Swatch filed an opposition to the Apple trademark iWatch in April 2014? After initial reservations, Apple launched the ‘‘Apple Watch’ in 2015.
Swatch has been persistent and the battle continued for well over 2 years until this...[Read more...]
You may be pleased to hear that I have made my debut onto YouTube, and although I felt slightly out of my comfort zone, the team soon relaxed me into my stride. We have a number of short videos on our YouTube channel, so do take a look.
The first are...[Read more...]
Welcome to the August newsletter. In this issue we look at the controversy surrounding the Olympics and the absurd Brexit trademark applications post referendum.
The 2016 Rio Olympics has already had a shaky start, banning athletes, unfinished accommodation, and now there is a hashtag trademark controversy. The...
As you will have noticed, the UK voted to leave the EU. This will have a considerable impact in a range of areas, not least intellectual property. So the good news is that there is only one isolated area of intellectual property...[Read more...]
Welcome to the April Newsletter. In this issue we look at risk and the associated costs of not protecting your intellectual assets, and the steps you can take to protect your creative designs.
Costly Stairway to Heaven – Opening Riff Lawsuit
Earlier this month the Guardian reported that Led...
Spring is on its way and it is a great time to get creative and try out new ideas for inventions, brands and designs. In this issue, we give you tips on how to create registerable designs, look at the new proposals around design fees, and why it is so...[Read more...]
Downining IP feature in the Bucks Free Press warning business owners of the importance of registering their Trademark.
Click here to read the article.[Read more...]
Patent applications give us a glimpse into the future plans of some of the brands that affect our day-to-day lives — both positively and negatively. From a business perspective they can provide us with valuable insight into the innovative thinking of our closest competitors.
A recent patent application filed...
We've had an interesting case land on our desk this week, which highlights the importance of registering a mark as soon as a business gets off the ground. It's quite a tricky case, involving a small UK firm and a multinational company and one of its sub-brands. There is no...[Read more...]
In this newsletter we're going to be bringing you news and insights from intellectual property law, as well as interesting cases and developments happening here at Downing IP.
We are an independent firm which works to protect original ideas and the interests of those who create them. Specialising in patents,...[Read more...]
We're going to be bringing you news and insights from intellectual property law, as well as interesting cases and developments happening here at Downing IP.
Racing driving and cooking, aerial photography and punting – these are just some of the pursuits that keep the team at Downing IP busy...[Read more...]
Downing IP have been awarded the 'Patents Law Firm of the Year' award by Acquisition International Magazine
Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and firms who are involved in driving the intellectual property...