Chapman Molony News
Protecting your Colours
In April 2012, Cadbury managed to persuade the UKIPO to accept the colour purple as a registered trade mark in respect of chocolate goods. They have since been forced to limit their specification of goods to ‘milk chocolate goods’ following an objection by Nestlé.
Narrowing Design Protection
The recent high profile Community Registered Design case between Samsung and Apple regarding tablet computers has highlighted how important Registered Designs can be in an IP portfolio.
The Patent Box: 10% corporation tax for qualifying profits
The Government has recently released details of a patent-related tax relief scheme. The Patent Box, which will come into force in April 2013, aims to boost innovative business within the UK.
Chambers lists Chapman Molony among top UK patent & trade mark attorneys
Chapman Molony listed by respected legal sector guide Chambers as ranking among the top UK patent and trade mark attorneys for another consecutive year.
UKIPO launches free online patent
The UK Intellectual Property Office has launched a Beta version of an online patent document and information service, which offers free access for the inspection of documents relating to patents granted and applications filed in the
Online initiative breaks down language
A new partnership between the European Patent Office (EPO) and Google is set to enable faster and more cost-effective patent research, thanks to the introduction of free, real-time translation technology on the EPO website.
INTA delegates invited to join memorable Alcatraz trip
Huw Evans invites fellow INTA conference delegates to join him on an informal trip to Alcatraz.
Ford stops Ferrari in its tracks
A US trade mark dispute between two automotive giants has highlighted the importance of undertaking due diligence and infringement clearance searching before launching any new brand – even for well-established multinational companies.
EU to get common patent system
The European Parliament has consented to the creation of a common patent system within the EU, a move that will make it easier and cheaper for inventors to protect their patents in Europe.
Increased European filing figures indicate end to recession
New figures released by the European Patent Office (EPO) show that European patent applications are on the rise again after the economic downturn of the past two years. The statistics also suggest greater efficiency in processing patents to grant.
Appointment further strengthens optics and telecoms expertise
Chapman Molony is pleased to announce the appointment of trainee patent attorney Dr Marc Stephens, whose experience further strengthens the firm’s already highly regarded optics and telecoms expertise.
UK peer to patent trial
The UK Intellectual Property Office is to trial a peer to patent project, where the examination process is opened up to outside parties.
Legal 500 describes Chapman Molony as extremely well regarded
We are proud to announce that for the second consecutive year Chapman Molony has been listed in the Legal 500 UK rankings for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
Further Expertise at Chapman Molony
We are pleased to announce that a new patent attorney, Dr Victoria Pugsley, has recently joined us to strengthen further our expertise in physical chemistry and materials science.
Highlighting the need for Community Design Registration
It appears that a trade mark owner with a trade mark registration for the shape of a product (a “figurative mark”) may not have protection for the three-dimensional shape of that product.
Changes to EP Patent Rules and Fees
Following a review of practice and procedure at the European Patent Office (EPO), a package of new measures entered into force on 1st April 2010 containing new rules...
Google Adwords Escape Trade Mark Infringement
The Court of Justice of the European Union has this week ruled that it is not a trade mark infringement to buy, sell or use an adword (internet keyword).
Patent Office Opinions – is there power in your shower?
The grounds on which a UK Intellectual Property Office opinion can be challenged have narrowed in a recent ruling.