The UK moves towards the unitary patent

On 26 April 2018 (“World IP Day”) the UK’s IP Minister Sam Gyimah announced that the UK has, at long last, ratified the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Why does it matter? As we wrote about in a previous blog post, Europe is on the verge of the biggest shake up of the patent landscape…

Threats are just so EASY to make

Last month the High Court handed down its lengthy judgment in W3 Limited v Easygroup Ltd [2018] EWHC 7 (Ch), which was generally in relation to W3’s infringement of Easygroup’s well known “EASY” trade marks by using the sign EASYROOMMATE.  W3 is the Claimant in this matter, due to it filing a claim for ‘unjustified…

Prior rights and pizza

The UK Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in Caspian Pizza and ors. v Shah and ors. [2017] EWCA Civ 1874, which has taken another look at whether someone with a valid ‘locality’ defence to trade mark infringement has sufficient right to invalidate the trade mark asserted against it. Background and first instance The…