Arista dodges $600m infringement penalty in Cisco

US ITC holds Arista’s switches do not infringe on Cisco’s patent relating to networking technology; district court litigation continues

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

Louboutin's red sole can be a trademark

AG hands down opinion in closely-watched case to see whether colour is a functional element in shape and colour marks

Trademark, Europe

Garage infringed BMW’s TM in Twitter handle, says court

CoA rules repair company infringed German manufacturer’s logos in garage and mark on social media

Trademark, UK

‘Certainty’ key in Brexit talks, but IP remains the opposite

Concern over the visibility of IP as Brussels negotiations begin in tandem with deal to create a US-UK trade agreement

Trademark, UK, Europe

Reaction: Matal v Tam will ‘open doors’ to free speech challenges

Disparagement provision of Lanham Act violates First Amendment; wave of new offensive marks expected in the courts now ‘viewpoint discrimination’ is forbidden

Trademark, US & Canada

Could the UPC become a haven for trolls?

Will the advent of the Unified Patent Court open up a new front in Europe for non-practising entities?

Patent, Licensing, Europe

Will UPC be pushed back to 2018?

With the clock ticking, what are the prospects for bringing the UPCA into force before Brexit, and what happens afterwards? Alex Robinson examines

Patent, UK, Europe

Media players, streaming and ‘add ons’

Sunniva Hansson explores a recent judgment that represents a significant development of the law both on communication to the public and on the exception for temporary copies

Copyright, Europe

The enemy within

Exploring the ongoing Oculus legal actions, Richard S Eisert, Marc J Rachman and Josh J Gordon explain that companies developing or acquiring new tech must take precautions to limit lawsuit perils

Patent, US & Canada

Balancing act

Hogan Lovells’ senior associate Anneka Dalton describes how she made agile working work for her and her firm when she and her husband found themselves working on opposite ends of the country

Strategy, UK

Good communicator?

Decades after it was introduced, and dozens of cases later, Neil Parkes and Rachel Warren assess the status of the controversial ‘communication to the public’ concept

Copyright, Europe

Leaving on good terms

When drafting restrictions, it’s essential to take time to define what you need to protect, why it’s legitimate to do so and what period of protection is reasonable. Andrew Yule explains

Copyright, Patent

Empty threats?

The UK’s IP (Unjustified Threats) Act received Royal Assent at the end of April, setting guidelines on what intellectual property owners are permitted to say when threatening accused infringers with litigation. Charles Russell Speechlys’ Ian Wood reports

Trademark, Copyright, Patent, UK

Wearable and 3D printing technology

Maria-Christina Peyman explores effective IP protection, data security and data privacy surrounding this disruptive technology

Trademark, Patent

Botanical warfare

How is Kew Gardens’ extraordinary plant collection helping in the fight against antimicrobial resistance? Adrian Bradley explains

Patent, UK

Trademarks in the app store

Marsha K Hoover considers some of the issues brand owners and courts are confronting in this new territory


How much time does it take to get a patent granted?

With huge backlogs at patent offices, it could take anywhere between eight months to 10 years or more to get a patent granted. Anthony de Andrade and Venkatesh Viswanath examine different jurisdictions to showcase patent grant timeframes

Patent, Licensing