The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) says that it is expecting a marked increase in the registration of global trade marks. This follows the adhesion of the US to the system last year, and a..
A family dispute ended in victory for the Sir Robert McAlpine company when the High Court ruled that efforts by rival Alfred McAlpine to rebrand itself as just McAlpine amounted to a misrepresentation. The Court..
The Beatles’ record label, Apple, and the Apple computer company have started legal proceedings over the name in the High Court. When the two Apples reached an agreement in 1991 the rise of the internet..
Lawsuits have been issued against 247 individuals in Europe accused of sharing copyrighted music over the internet. The lawsuits, aimed at individuals in Denmark, Germany and Italy, are aimed at people who, according to the..
Amazon.com is being investigated by the music industry for possible illegal exporting of CDs into the UK. The British Phonographic Industry is in the early stages of establishing whether or not Amazon.com breaches copyright law..
A federal court in San Francisco has accepted an argument that the DVD copying products of a small software company, 321 Studios, were handing a potential weapon to DVD pirates. The company had argued that..
A survey by the Pew Institute and American Life Project indicates that about 14% of US citizens downloaded music files over the internet in the four weeks ending 14 December. That compared with 29% last..
The European Assembly has voted heavily in favour of a new Anti-Piracy Directive. The main thrust of the proposal consists of civil penalties which will face counterfeiters of any form, who will face seizure of..
The Scottish village of Lonmay, where Andrew Presley was born in 1713, and whose offspring emigrated to the US, has received warnings from Elvis Presley Enterprises which controls all aspects of Presley copyright, and which..
The diagnostic business of Medisys, known as Hypoguard, has been named by Roche as one of four defendants in a complaint alleging patent infringement. The others are Apex, Medicline Industries and Home Diagnostics. Roche is..
Toyota has licensed its petrol-electric technology to Ford. Ford says that it has obtained licences for about 20 of Toyota’s 350 patents on hybrids, which make use of batteries to increase the efficiency of ordinary..
Microsoft has agreed to pay Sun Microsystems almost £1.1bn to settle their long-running legal dispute. Microsoft will pay Sun $700m to resolve antitrust issues, and $900m to resolve patent issues. The companies have also agreed..
Bristol-Myers Squibb, the US pharmaceuticals group, has dropped its action in Thailand over its AIDS drug Didanosine. It says that it has surrendered its exclusive right to produce the drug and would ‘dedicate the patent..
SCO, a US software firm, is suing DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone for using the Linux operating system on their computers. It claims to own the rights to Unix, an older operating system, and alleges that pieces..
Shire Pharmaceuticals has started proceedings against the US company Nostrum Pharmaceuticals after it lodged a new drug application for a generic version of Shire’s epilepsy drug Carbatrol. According to Shire, its patent does not expire..
Trade Marks (Proof of Use, etc) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004 No 946).
Trade Marks (Amendment) Rules 2004 (SI 2004 No 947).
Trade Marks (International Registration) (Amendment) Order 2004 (SI 2004 No 948).
Community Trade Mark (Amendment) Regulations 2004..
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