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 »

Supreme Court dismiss appeal in Karen Millen v Dunnes Stores – Community Design Rights

Following up on our post in June this year on the CJEU decision (Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores, Dunnes Stores (Limerick) Ltd) in relation to how the so-called “individual character” of a design is to be assessed, the legal skirmish between the parties is now over after almost six years. […]Read More »

Medicinal product assessment: a new defence to patent infringement in Ireland and the UK

The Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 and the Legislative Reform (Patents) Order 2014 have each now been published and will affect the scope of patent infringement in Ireland and the United Kingdom, respectively.  The research exemption in the legislation is to be enhanced, benefitting companies engaged in the pharmaceutical […]Read More »