World Intellectual Property Day 2018!

Apr 26, 2018 5:23:21 PM / by Alexis Ovenstone posted in counterfeits, EUIPO, general IP advice, intellectual property, IPO, WIPO, world intellectual property day, World IP Day



Every year on 26 April we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day and we are particularly excited about the theme for this year which is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.”

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This World Health Day watch out for the health hazards of counterfeits

Apr 6, 2018 3:42:06 PM / by Alexis Ovenstone posted in counterfeit, counterfeits, EUIPO, fake goods, world health day, world health organisation


Today is World Health Day (Saturday 7th April) and we all know the importance of keeping healthy, right? Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water and getting a decent sleep are all important for us to maintain our health. However, consideration for the legitimacy of everyday products is often left in the back of our minds as we live our busy lives. Unfortunately, there are billions of counterfeit products currently on the market that are unknowingly purchased, putting the health of consumers at risk. From cosmetics to toys and pharmaceuticals to confectionary, fake products are widely available in every industry. This poses a threat, not only to brands profits and reputations, but more seriously to the wellbeing of consumers.

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Nestlé loses EU Kit Kat trademark: what are the implications for businesses?

Mar 14, 2017 10:22:41 PM / by Alexis Ovenstone posted in chocolate, EGC, EUIPO, trademarks


In December 2016, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) dismissed Nestlé’s attempt to register the four-fingered shape of the brand’s signature Kit Kat chocolate bars as an EU trademark. Marking the latest development in a decade-long legal battle between Nestlé and Cadbury (now owned by Mondelez International), the EGC ruling stipulates that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether the Kit Kat shape had acquired distinctiveness in all EU member states in respect of all goods covered by it. The decision, which means that the four-fingered shape can currently be used freely across the EU, imposes new obstacles on businesses that are seeking to register a 3D trademark.

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