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Sheila Lesley OBE obituary

Sheila Lesley OBE, our first woman President, has passed away following a short illness. Colleagues at Forresters have shared her obituary and tributes from those who worked with her.

5th Dec 2019 | News

Sheila Lesley OBE

We are saddened to learn that Sheila Leslie OBE, our first female President, has passed away following a short illness.

29th Nov 2019 | News

1.5 millionth international trade mark registration recorded

WIPO’s Madrid System has recorded its 1.5 millionth international trade mark registration and signals an “important milestone”.

26th Nov 2019 | News

EU strikes a deal with China on GIs

One hundred EU geographical indications (GIs) will be protected in China, following a reciprocal agreement which will see 100 Chinese GIs protected in the EU.

26th Nov 2019 | News
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Brexit

Possible ‘No-Deal’ Brexit: Implications on International Applications and Registrations

WIPO has published information about how users rights would be preserved – and how to safeguard those rights – in a no deal scenario.

30th Sep 2019 | Brexit

New no-deal Brexit guidance on trade marks

The UK Government has published new guidance on trade marks if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

20th Sep 2019 | News

Our response to a new Prime Minister

Following the announcement that Boris Johnson will be the new Prime Minister we have issued the following statement.

23rd Jul 2019 | News

Brexit and designs quick reference guide

We have published a quick reference guide to registered and unregistered EU designs post-Brexit.

16th Jul 2019 | Brexit
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Case comments

Was it the end of the line for TfL's Metropolitan trade mark?

Could this be an encouragement to keep arguments simple? In Metropolitan Spain v TfL, the Opposition Division exercised its entitlement to focus only on the most effective rights and grounds.

25th Nov 2019 | Case comment

Rubik’s Cube trade mark in puzzling General Court decision

Ruling confirms that the ground for refusal may apply even when a graphic representation does not display all the characteristics that allow the goods to perform their function.

15th Nov 2019 | Case comment

#darferdas? drives new discussion on hashtag distinctiveness

There may be good news for hashtags when it comes to proving genuine use of a trade mark.

16th Oct 2019 | Case comment

UK IPO finds some cause for indirect confusion in Jammin CBD

Looking for a masterclass in the case law on confusion and evidence?

16th Oct 2019 | Case comment
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