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Patent holder rights to bar parallel imports of their drugs from EU accession states not automatic, CJEU advisor says

Pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to prevent drugs they put onto market in an EU accession state from being imported into a more established EU country where they hold patent rights for those medicines unless they signal their intention to rely... 24 Oct 2014

'Background' trade marks may be valid even if never used as registered , UK court rules

Wordless logo trade marks that are never used in isolation can defeat a legal challenge brought on the basis that they have never been used, a UK court has ruled. 16 Oct 2014

Out-Law Guides

  • Detention of counterfeit goods at UK borders

    This guide was written in October 2009. It is based on UK laws. Rights holders can get help from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to stop counterfeit goods entering the UK. But under a new procedure...

  • Trade mark opposition procedures

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in May 2009. Most trade mark filing application systems across the globe incorporate some form of opposition procedure, so that third parties can...

  • The Company Names Adjudicator

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in October 2008. The Companies Act 2006 has introduced the role of the ‘Company Names Adjudicator’ which is a new weapon for trade mark owners. Th...

  • Registering a trade mark through the Madrid Protocol

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in November 2008. Applications must be based on a national application or registration in a member state of the Madrid Protocol. Applications are...

  • Registering a trade mark in the UK

    This guide is based on UK law. It was last updated in September 2008. Applications are filed at the UK Trade Marks Registry which is a part of the UK Intellectual Property Office , an executive...

  • Registering a trade mark in the EU

    This guide was last updated in April 2009. It is based on a law that applies across the European Union called the Community Trade Mark Regulation. Applications are filed at the Community Trade Mark...

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Expertise in Trade Marks & Passing off

Trade Marks represent the reputation of your business, the quality of your products and services and your expertise and knowledge. They are valuable assets and it is essential that they are properly managed, protected and exploited.

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