Why the Unitary Patent Matters to You: A Beginner’s Guide to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

If you’re the owner of a European Patent (‘EP’) or considering applying for one, but haven’t yet been brave enough to face the prospect of getting to grips with the forthcoming European-wide patent system, then this article is for you. The story thus far on the proposed unitary patent (‘UP’) and its specialised custom-built court…

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Swatch What Happened to Apple’s IWATCH Trade Mark Application

Swatch’s opposition to Apple’s IWATCH trade mark application recently reached the High Court, where John Baldwin QC had to decide whether the marks were similar and if there was a likelihood of confusion. Background In September 2014, Swatch opposed Apple’s trade mark application for “IWATCH” arguing that its earlier (figurative) trade mark for “ISWATCH” was…

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BriffaWay – Election Fever – What are the similarities of running a business and a general election?

While all elections have their own memorable moments, the general election of 1983 holds a particular place in labour party folklore as the party’s most traumatic defeat. Even now looking back nearly 33 years later I can’t quite believe the sheer awfulness of the campaign. Images of Michael Foot in donkey jacket riding on the…

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