Partner Andrew Sharples, head of EIP Life, and senior associate Tim Belcher will be attending the CIPA Life Sciences Conference in Brighton from 11-12 November.
Partner Darren Smyth will be attending the 70th Council Meeting of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) in Taipei from 9-12 November and presenting at the Design Committee Meeting on “Strategies for Representation of Designs at the EUIPO”.
Partner Claire Lehr reports on a decision of the General Court which confirms the importance of word elements in a composite trademark.
This article first appeared in WTR Daily part of World Trademark Review, in October 2019. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com.
EIP hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic of brands and intellectual property with South West companies from the worlds of professional sport, consumer products, engineering and the creative industries.
Trademark Attorney Nora Fowler was joined in our Bath office by representatives from Bath Rugby, Bristol Sport, Trunki, Renishaw, Touchpoint Design, Mr B & Friends, AgencyUK and Rocket Makers.
For key thoughts from the participants, click here.
The European Union has announced that it will agree to the UK request for a further extension to the period in which the UK remains a full member of the EU (the “Article 50 period”) until 31 January 2020. This means that the UK will now definitely not leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement (so called “No Deal Brexit”) before that date. If a withdrawal agreement is ratified, then, although the UK may legally leave the EU earlier, in practice EU law will continue to apply to the UK until the end of a transition period that will last until at least December 2020. In particular, the UK would remain a full participant in the EU intellectual property systems (including EU Trade Marks and Community Designs) until the end of the transition period.
There remains considerable political uncertainty, and the UK is likely to see yet another General Election, and perhaps a further referendum on UK membership of the EU, so that the UK policy over Brexit is likely to vary over the coming months. However, the extension means that the legal situation in respect of EU intellectual property rights is clarified until at least early 2020. EIP continues to monitor the situation closely and will advise on the key developments.
EIP has maintained contingency plans to cover all the eventualities through this period of uncertainty, and we will continue to represent our clients in respect of EU-wide registered rights (EU Trade Marks and Community Registered Designs) as well as UK national rights. Meanwhile, the regime for obtaining patents in Europe is in any case unaffected by Brexit as the UK’s membership of the European Patent Organisation will continue unchanged. Therefore, EIP will continue to represent our clients in respect of both European and UK patents as currently.
If you have any questions about the issues raised in this update, please contact any member of the EIP Brexit Committee listed below, or your usual contact at EIP, by email or by calling +44 (0)20 7440 9510.