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Intellectual Property

We have specialist intellectual property (IP) teams in the most important IP jurisdictions worldwide.

With over 100 specialist IP partners and associates, we offer an integrated, cross-border service to meet our clients global needs, and provide specialist advice and representation in individual countries.

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Publications: 20 MARCH 2020

IP rights in the UK during and after the Brexit transition period

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is currently in a transition period with the EU. What does this mean for IP rights and what happens to IP protection in the UK at the end of this transition?

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What brand owners should know about design rights in the UK

Publications: 21 JANUARY 2020

What is the biggest obstacle preventing brand owners from enforcing their design rights?

Brand owners and inventors tend to be up to speed on trademarks and patents which can lead to the design rights being left behind. Insufficient knowledge of the system and how it works is contributing to the lack of design filings and enforcement. Global Head of IP David Stone talks about the things that are in place to change this, including building an awareness of what design rights business owners have available to them.

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Publications: 29 JANUARY 2020

Trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications following Sky v SkyKick

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer software” cannot be invalidated on the basis that they are imprecise or contrary to public policy.

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Publications: 10 MARCH 2020

Podcast: How to protect intellectual property in digital transformation

Whether digitalising by building out new digitally-focused units or externally via M&A, many IP challenges will arise especially as digital transformation can happen fast. Meeting these challenges requires implementation of a variety of practical and legal measures. Discover more in this podcast by Mark Ridgway and Nigel Parker.

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