‘Essential’ telecom patents: How to win FRANDs and influence people

The UK High Court’s 150+ page epic on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licence terms in Unwired Planet v Huawei has stirred up a lot of commentary in the tech nerd space and the international patent community (across which there is probably a fair bit of overlap). The decision goes some way to standardising the read more...
Subjects: Patents | Technology

CANARY WHARF trade mark rejected for being 30 years too late! Protect your valuable property names as trade marks at conception

Branded real estate in the industrial, commercial and residential markets is big business. The brand adopted can influence perception and price. It is no surprise then that developers are increasingly taking steps to protect these brands by registering them as trade marks. We recently discussed some legal developments for these kinds of brands (including shopping read more...

The Impact of Lookalikes: The UK Intellectual Property Office Weighs In

We all have eating and drinking in common.  Yet our preferences distinguish us. Some of us will only have Maggi 2 Minute Noodles. Others want the noodles, but are delighted if it is a competitively priced home brand product. Some of us love nibbling the wavy layers only of a Smith’s Crisp.  Others are happy read more...

Orphans for sale – changes to UK copyright laws

What do dusty long-forgotten prints in the British Library, your latest Instagram masterpiece and Oliver Twist have in common? Answer: There’s a fair chance they’re all orphans. The term “orphan” is used to describe copyrighted material where the rights holder is not known or cannot be found after conducting a “diligent search”.  The UK has read more...