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Two new European Patent Attorneys

Jonathan White who has qualified as a European Patent Attorney Isabel, who is based in our Belfast Office, Ansons, and who has qualified as a European Patent Attorney. Congratulations to both Jonathan White and Isabel Unwin (from our Belfast office) who have recently qualified as European Patent Attorneys. Jonathan joined MacLachlan & [...]

2013-07-18T13:28:24+00:00July 18th, 2013|News|

Williams and Will.i.am argue over use of “i am”

US producer-rapper Pharrell Williams has commenced legal proceedings against will.i.am over a the phase "i.am".  Williams, who owns the YouTube channel “i am OTHER”, has said that the Black Eyed Peas front man is adamant his use of the phase infringes the "i.am" trade mark. will.i.am has owned the trade mark since 2001, and uses it for [...]

2013-07-11T13:50:47+00:00July 11th, 2013|News|

If at first you don’t succeed…

 Sir James Dyson is the inventor of the world’s first cyclonic vacuum cleaner.  I came across a recent interview with him in The SMART at www.heathrowexpress.com and which gives us an insight into the mind of one of the world’s most renowned inventors and designers.  Sir James tells us that his engineering interest was inspired by a friend’s [...]

2013-07-03T16:57:44+00:00July 3rd, 2013|News|

Blooming infringement

Interflora has won a five year battle against UK retailer Marks & Spencer, following a Court ruling that using a rival's trade mark in search engine keyword advertising constituted an infringement. Judge Arnold said in his ruling that "A significant proportion of the consumers who searched for "interflora" and the other Signs, and then clicked [...]

2013-07-02T16:07:23+00:00July 2nd, 2013|News|

The Kardashians – A cautionary tale

As widely reported, the famous for being famous Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloe and Kourtney) have had to rename their “Khroma” make up range which was being sold in over 5300 stores across the US because of a dispute with Lee Tillett, Inc., the owner of the KROMA line of cosmetics. Lee Tillett, Inc., based in [...]

2013-07-02T10:03:40+00:00July 2nd, 2013|News|

SPC Law and Practice 2013: All you need to know

Dr. Yvonne McKeown will be attending the 'SPC Law and Practice 2013: All you need to know' seminar in London on Tuesday 2nd July 2013.  This seminar will look at how national patent offices are implementing the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd v Comptroller-General of [...]

2013-06-28T09:35:00+00:00June 28th, 2013|Events|

Why Patent Attorneys are indispensable / Are third parties free to produce Myriad’s breast cancer gene test?

In a much-anticipated decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the United States Supreme Court has held that product claims directed to naturally occurring BRCA gene sequences are products of nature and are therefore not eligible for patent protection.  Thus claims to naturally occurring nucleic acids are not patentable, even if the DNA [...]

2013-06-27T08:19:54+00:00June 27th, 2013|News|

UK Intellectual Property Bill 2013

What is it all about? The Bill (here) is weighted heavily towards change in the UK design legal framework but patents and freedom of information both get a mention too.  The Bill aims to simplify and improve design and patent protection to help businesses, to clarify the IP legal framework and to ensure that the [...]

2013-06-26T17:00:17+00:00June 26th, 2013|News|