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Fast fashion plays fast and loose with IP rights

China, UK08-07-2021Emmy Hunt

Legal action by the owners of Dr Martens against online fashion retailer Shein is a reminder for rights owners to act promptly when compromised online, says Emmy Hunt of Potter Clarkson.

EPO’s G1 /21 videoconf hearing ends on a cliffhanger

EU06-07-2021Douglas Drysdale and Ellie Purnell

Last week’s European Patent Office hearing into the legality of oral proceedings by video conference faced technical issues of its own, as Douglas Drysdale and Ellie Purnell of HGF discovered.

Brand owner’s friend: the Lanham Act at 75

05-07-2021Cindy Walden

The Trademark Act of 1946 has changed over the decades but remains a bedrock of US trademark law, says Cindy Walden of Fish & Richardson.

A profile of patent applications filed in Mozambique

Mozambique05-07-2021Vítor Sérgio Moreira

Careful analysis of data shows that a strong IP system may be a gateway for sustainable economic growth in Mozambique, reports Vítor Sérgio Moreira of Inventa International.

Oatly v PureOaty: cereal killer

UK29-06-2021Mark Kramer and Sarah Talland

Oatly is taking legal action against fellow oat-based drink brand, PureOaty, for trademark infringement, a move that underlines the importance of big thinking on IP when a brand is in its infancy, say Mark Kramer and Sarah Talland of Potter Clarkson.

2020: Nigeria’s progress on copyright reform

Nigeria28-06-2021Inês Monteiro Alves

Despite the disruption of the past year, Nigeria has seen a number of key developments in copyright law, Inês Monteiro Alves of Inventa International reports.

IP everywhere: the great challenge of the metaverse

International23-06-2021Sophie Goossens

The metaverse could challenge some of the most fundamental concepts underpinning IP. Sophie Goossens of Reed Smith explains what it is and what it means for intangible assets.

Protecting inventions in Africa

Africa22-06-2021Marisol Cardoso

When filing patents in Africa, there are essential points to consider between regional patent offices, says Marisol Cardoso of Inventa International.

Chanel v Crepslocker: does exhaustion apply?

EU16-06-2021Flavia Stefura

Fashion house Chanel claims the discount resale of its luxury products tarnishes its brand. Flavia Ștefura of MPR Partners examines whether its case stands up.

A guide to ‘straw person’ oppositions

EU15-06-2021Terry Instone

In Europe, it’s possible to file patent oppositions while remaining anonymous. Terry Instone of Appleyard Lees explains how the ‘straw person’ system works.

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