June 2013

Why Patent an idea for a mobile phone application?

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Records published by a number of the major patent offices worldwide confirm that leading technology companies, such as Apple, are increasingly applying for patent applications to protect mobile app ideas. Therefore it is also becoming more common for companies to sue one another over patent infringement involving mobile apps. Although mobile apps are typically developed for both the Apple and Android smartphone ...

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Interflora v Marks & Spencer – the latest Adwords case

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Interflora and M&S have been in a long-running trade mark dispute concerning the purchase of keywords and phrases from Google’s Adwords. The High Court ruling brings this stage of the dispute to an end and M&S were held to have infringed Interflora’s trade marks. M&S had purchased keywords including INTERFLORA from Google’s Adwords. The effect was that an internet customer entering ...

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UK Intellectual Property Bill 2013

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The key principles and purpose of a new Intellectual Property Bill were discussed during a second reading on 22 May. The Bill makes changes to the law surrounding patents, designs and copyright, and will help businesses to better understand what is protected under intellectual property law and reduce the need for litigation thereby installing greater confidence in investors in new designs ...

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Overview of the European Unitary Patent System

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  This is a selection of useful facts surrounding the introduction of the new European Unitary Patent System:     It will provide a European patent which covers a block of 25 European Union countries except for Italy and Spain who may join subsequently Earliest estimated start date January 2014 subject to the ratification of the agreement on a Unified Patent Court During grant ...

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