The application of Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) to sparkling wines in a post-Brexit landscape
The recent purchase of UK land by European Champagne houses, raises the question of how aligned the EU’s PDO/PGI scheme is with the UK’s replacement GI scheme.
T 1688/20: the “Gold Standard” test of novelty
In T 1688/20, the Board of Appeal has deviated from novelty criteria with respect to selection inventions as set out in the EPO guidelines for examination (G-VI, 8, ii), in favour of applying the “Gold Standard” test of novelty. This decision may be useful when arguing novelty in examination and opposition proceedings.
Getting UPC ready: a Q&A for European patent holders and non-European attorneys
In this session, Appleyard Lees partners and patent attorneys Kate Hickinson and Howard Read provided answers to commonly asked questions about the UP and UPC.
Lidl v Tesco: the battle of the yellow circles
In a judgment handed down on 19 April 2023, the High Court of England and Wales has found Tesco to infringe Lidl’s trade mark rights, copyright and rights in passing off in its blue and yellow logo.
G2/21 Plausibility – the decision
The Enlarged Board of Appeal have decided that post-published evidence can be used to prove a technical effect for the assessment of inventive step if the technical effect is “encompassed by the technical teaching” of the application at the original filing date.
Lessons to be learnt from Dragons’ Den: a practical guide for brand owners
In this article, trade mark attorney and associate Hannah Burrows provides practical tips for brand owners, based on issues that commonly crop up in the BBC’s ‘Dragons’ Den’.