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UK moves to implement EU Trade Mark Directive: consultation running until 16 April 2018

A worthwhile read from Hogan Lovells via lexology on the latest UKIPO consultation paper. With regard to  EU Trademark Directive 2015. Here’s their introduction. The UKIPO has issued a consultation paper on the implementation of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015 (the “Directive”), which is required to be implemented into UK law by 14 January … Read more

UK Lawyer Warns On Brexit & Trademarks

Ben Travers, partner and head of intellectual property and IT at UK firm,Stephens Scown, warns about issues for EU TM owners. The magazine writes…. A leading intellectual property lawyer has warned that EU trade mark and design owners – of which there are many in Cornwall – must act now to ensure that their intellectual … Read more

Coindesk Publishes Article By EU Parliamentary Member Who Chairs Science & Technology Options Assessment Panel

Eva A. Kaili a member of the European Parliament, where she chairs the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel aimed at assessing AI, fintech and blockchain says the technology is somewhat like an unruly teenager at the moment.   She writes…… The internet is once more in a period of transition. The “cloud era” that … Read more

Is Slovenia Positioning Itself To Become Europe’s Blockchain Destination?

An op ed on this week makes for very interesting reading. Not because they are interested in attracting the technology, the whole world seems to have that aim at the moment. Rather  the prime minister of Slovenia’s recent speech in support of blockchain technology  has solidified the country’s position as a leading blockchain destination in … Read more

Trademark Law Roundup: 29 September 2017

In this week’s trademark roundup. Argentina raises registration costs. Unsurprisingly, trademark knowledge in Laos is somewhat lacking, according to a Xinhua report. SpaceX have registered a name for their planned satellite broadband network and finally we manage to get a Frank Zappa trademark dispute into the mix.   Title: Argentina trademark fees set to increase upwards … Read more

Dutch IP Specialist & Partner Supports Unitary Trademark Concept

A unitary trademark, similar to proposals for a unitary patent, should be pursued in the EU, according to Gregor Vos, partner at Brinkhof. Reports IP Pro (The   In a speech addressing the cultural trends in brands throughout Europe, at the Marques Brands and Culture conference in Prague, Vos suggested that a move towards … Read more

Trademark Law Update 14 September 2017

Another week another round of trademark stories for you. News includes, Myanmar updating their trademark legislation. Oman ratifies IP laws. Somebody has decided to trademark “Brexit” and Asian American rock band ( from Portland, of course!) the Slants celebrate their Supreme Court win.   Title:  Myanmar Update: Prepare Now for the New Trademark Law Author:  Spruson … Read more