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UP/UPC

The Unitary Patent

The UP will, for the first time, offer patent proprietors the option to have a single patent covering multiple EU member states (17 at the time of writing, likely to be more in the future). As an alternative, the current “classical” validation route in different states will continue.

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Trade marks

Refiling refreshed registrations: what are the rules?

Logos often evolve over time. It’s a way to maintain consumer recognition by retaining familiar, recognisable features, whilst also keeping up with design trends. Olivia Hamilton discusses ‘non-use’, ‘bad faith’, and the rules around re-filing refreshed trade marks.

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