Local Division of Unified Patent Court to be established in Ireland

It was announced on 13th November 2014 that a local division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be established in Ireland when the State, as is hoped, ratifies the agreement for the establishment of the UPC.  The new Court will have exclusive competence in respect of European patents and European patents […]Read More »

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office successful in passing off action

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has settled an action for passing off against two companies alleged to have issued official looking letters offering to renew patent and trade mark registrations for a fee significantly higher than the fee charged by the IPO. The two companies, Patent and Trade Mark […]Read More »

The High Court refuses leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in the MARIE CLAIRE trade mark case.

A long running dispute in Ireland concerning ownership of the MARIE CLAIRE trade mark in respect of clothing has finally been resolved. In a judgement delivered on July 21 2014, Mr. Justice Barrett of the Irish Commercial Court refused  an application by Marie Claire Netherlands B.V(MCN)  for leave  to appeal […]Read More »