UK Government confirms position on EU registered trade marks and designs

Date: 19/03/2018

The UK Government has published a paper which signals its intention to grant all European Union registered trade mark and design right holders an equivalent UK right after the end of the transition period, which is planned to end on 31st December 2020.

This is the latest Brexit paper from the UK Government and highlights the points in the European Commission’s draft withdrawal agreement that have been “agreed at negotiators' level, and will only be subject to technical legal ...

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Group jailed for trade mark invoice fraud

Date: 24/01/2018

A group of fraudsters who attempted to con European Union trade mark holders into paying fake invoices have been sentenced in Sweden.

Twenty people in total were charged with being involved in the scheme from 2011 – 2014. The group sent fake invoices to holders of European Union trade marks (then known as Community Trade Marks) demanding payment.

The main assailant ‘Mr. SR’ was charged with attempted gross fraud and completed gross fraud, in 355 cases. His accomplice, ...

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IP features in UK Government Brexit reports

Date: 08/01/2018

Intellectual property (IP) was featured several times in the UK Government’s sector analysis reports on the impact of leaving the EU on the British economy, published in December

The reports were made available by the parliamentary Committee on Exiting the European Union. IP featured significantly in the Professional and Business Services Sector Report and Creative Industries Sector Report.

The Professional and Business Services Sector Report covered much of the UK’s service ...

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European Patent Organisation appoints EUIPO head as President

Date: 23/10/2017

Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) António Campinos has been elected as the President of the European Patent Organisation (EPO). His five-year term of office in the new role starts on 1st July 2018.

Mr Campinos will succeed Benoît Battistelli, who has been the EPO’s President since 2010 - the same year that he started at the EUIPO, based in Alicante.

A former President of the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), ...

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Significant rise in UK trade mark and design registrations

Date: 15/08/2017

A significant increase in UK trade mark and design registrations were overseen by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2016, including large increases from international organisations.

According to data from the IPO released today, there was an 8% increase in trade mark registrations and a 50% increase in design registrations during 2016. Trade mark registrations rose from 50,079 in 2015 to 54,222 last year and registered designs from 5,690 to 8,481.

The increase wasn’t just from ...

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Queen’s Birthday honours for two prominent IP professionals

Date: 19/06/2017

There were two awards for services to intellectual property in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published on 16th June 2017.

Congratulations to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney’s (CIPA) Immediate Past-President Andrea Brewster, who was awarded an OBE; and Professor Ruth Annand from Humphreys & Co and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Bristol, who was awarded a CBE.

Andrea Brewster was instrumental in the formation and the subsequent development of ...

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World Intellectual Property Day 2017

Date: 26/04/2017

Today is World Intellectual Property Day (26th April 2017). We are taking the opportunity to look at why intellectual property (IP) is so vital to businesses and the creative industries and celebrating the role IP plays in encouraging innovation and creativity.

Our President Kate O’Rourke pointed out in an article in Real Business recently that: “Brands can only truly thrive once protected and exploited effectively and it is the role of Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys to advise ...

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New international classification guidelines published

Date: 25/04/2017

The World Intellectual Property Organization has published new examination guidelines on the classification of goods and services in international applications.

The guide, published at the end of March 2017, sets out the goods and services examination principles applied by WIPO’s trade mark examiners.

Click here to read more and download the guidelines

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Death of former President of EUIPO Wubbo de Boer

Date: 21/04/2017

We are saddened to be informed of the death of former President of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Mr Wubbo de Boer.

Mr de Boer was President of the EUIPO from 2000 to 2010.

Before joining the organisation, he held senior posts in the Dutch Ministries of Transport and Economic Affairs.

Everyone at CITMA would like to extend their thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Click here to read the EUIPO news release

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UK tops index for best IP system

Date: 13/03/2017

The UK has been ranked best in the world for intellectual property (IP) enforcement and second for overall IP system.

The annual index, published by the US Chamber of Commerce, ranks 45 economies on trade marks, patents, copyright, trade secrets, enforcement, and international treaties.

The UK finished second, behind the US, with Germany, Japan and Sweden also making the top five.

The index recognised the UK for:

  • a strong and sophisticated national IP environment
  • a dedicated push by UK ...

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IP Inclusive scoops corporate social responsibility award

Date: 10/03/2017

IP Inclusive was awarded the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Managing IP Awards last night. It tops off an important week for the initiative, which also saw the 100th signatory of its charter for equality, diversity and inclusion. 

IP Inclusive is a pan-professional diversity movement which exists to improve access to the intellectual property professions, regardless of disability, age, gender, sexual orientation or social, economic and cultural background.

The award is ...

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Piracy could top $2 trillion by 2022

Date: 08/02/2017

A new report predicts that the economic impact of counterfeiting and piracy could top $2 trillion by 2022.

The report, recently released by the International Trademark Association (INTA), predicted a rise in the value of counterfeit goods from $1.90 trillion in 2013 to $2.81 trillion by 2022.

The study looked at wide range of areas including digital piracy of film, music and software which is predated to increase to between $384 billion and $856 billion by 2022, from a current estimates ...

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High achievers receive awards

Date: 13/12/2016

Awards for the top marks across a number of courses were handed out at CITMA’s Christmas lunch in London last week.

The awards recognise high achievement on the courses for those qualifying as Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys at Bournemouth, Nottingham Trent and Queen Mary universities. Prizes were also awarded to the top scorers on the Nottingham Law School litigation and advocacy course, as well as CITMA’s Trade Mark Administrators’ Course – which was jointly won by ...

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India introduces new automated trade mark certificates

Date: 16/09/2016

India’s intellectual property office has introduced a new automated process for issuing trade mark registration certificates.

Most certificates will now be generated through an automatic system and sent to the applicant, or their authorised agent, via email. Certificates will also be available on the office’s website to be downloaded and printed.

The automated registration certificates will be issued for trade mark applications which:

  • have been published in the Trade Marks ...

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Japanese government calls for EU trade mark protection post-Brexit

Date: 14/09/2016

Japan has called on the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) to ensure trade marks and designs in the UK and EU are protected so that rights holders are not disadvantaged post-Brexit. 

The message was part of the Japanese government’s open letter to the UK and EU outlining a set of demands issued on the eve of the G20 summit in China. 

Click here to read the full letter (see page 9)

Here is the excerpt on trade marks and design rights from the letter:

Unified ...

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New research finds poor knowledge of IP in universities

Date: 16/08/2016

Knowledge about intellectual property (IP) continues to be poor across the university sector and is frequently limited to copyright and plagiarism, a new research report has found.

The report also found that university staff feel under-prepared and therefore reluctant to advise students about the implications of IP. Students also want more to be done by their university to protect their interests in work that goes on public display at end of year degree shows.

The research, conducted by NUS ...

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Minister for IP offers reassurance after referendum result

Date: 01/07/2016

“The UK has one of the world’s best intellectual property environments. The changes that will be triggered by the outcome of last Thursday’s vote will not alter that,” Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe told the British group of the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property on 29 June.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe was addressing the group’s summer reception at The Royal Society. She went on to say: “The UK will continue to ...

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EU Referendum statement

Date: 24/06/2016

Following the announcement of the EU Referendum result for the UK to leave the European Union, President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Kate O’Rourke said:

“We would encourage trade mark and registered design owners not to panic – European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs remain valid in the UK and there is no immediate loss of IP protection. There is likely to be no change for at least two years giving intellectual property rights owners plenty ...

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Extended transition period for Madrid System

Date: 30/05/2016

Taken from the WIPO website:

On March 23, 2016, the International Bureau (IB) deployed the Madrid International Registrations Information System (MIRIS) - a modern IT platform, designed to support the ongoing operational needs of the Madrid System and to reinforce online services for users. Initially, it was anticipated that the transition to the new system would only impact the Madrid Registry’s operational performance for a few weeks and have minimal impact on users. However, it is ...

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ITMA joins new mental health and wellbeing taskforce

Date: 16/05/2016

ITMA is part of a new cross-profession taskforce to promote and support mental health and wellbeing in the legal community which launched today.

The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce has been initiated by the Law Society and is driven by LawCare, a charity which provides support to the legal community. The taskforce brings together representatives from legal professional and educational establishments, those with legal expertise and knowledge of the sector.

The Legal Professions ...

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Criminal sanctions for online copyright infringement

Date: 03/05/2016

Following its recent consultation, the UK Government announced on 22 April 2016 that it would be increasing the maximum term for custodial sentence for online copyright infringement from two years to 10 years.

In doing so, the Government accepted that some changes to the current offence wording would be required to ensure that the offences were effective at deterring and dealing with criminals, while protecting innocent or unwitting infringers.

The Government has undertaken to consider ...

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UK is third biggest filer of EU trade marks

Date: 26/04/2016

United Kingdom businesses are the third biggest filers of trade mark applications with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), new stats issued by Eurostat revealed today (26 April).

The stats coincide with World Intellectual Property Day, which is celebrated to promote discussion of the role intellectual property plays in encouraging innovation and creativity.

In 2015 the UK filed 12,527 trade marks – which makes up 14% of the total filings with the EUIPO. In total ...

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OHIM closed for change to EUIPO

Date: 21/03/2016

The OHIM website will be down all day on Tuesday 22 March 2016 in order to complete work to rebrand the organisation as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) the following day. 

OHIM's office will also be officially closed, as announced in an official decision by the President of the Office. Deadlines will be extended to Wednesday 23 March. 

The scheduled systems downtime begins at midnight on 22 March and ends at midnight on 23 March. During this time, OHIM will ...

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First DesignEuropa Awards now open

Date: 02/02/2016

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural DesignEuropa Awards, organised by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small business or large enterprises.

Design is a key driver of innovation and growth. Design-intensive industries generate 12% of all jobs in the European Union and almost 13% of ...

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ITMA welcomes EU trade mark reforms as 'good for business'

Date: 16/12/2015

Reforms to the European Union trade mark system were approved by the European Parliament yesterday (Tuesday 15 December).

The new rules will make it easier to stop counterfeit goods passing through EU member states, even if it is not their final destination, which ITMA President Chris McLeod (pictured) describes a “boost for trade mark owners”.

The proposals also include changing the fee structure, which the European Parliament described in its press release as “a new, ...

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IP profession launches diversity initiative

Date: 01/12/2015

A group of five leading intellectual property organisations has launched an initiative committed to making the IP professions more inclusive.

IP Inclusive was launched at a special event in central London on 30 November with more than 12 firms and organisations initially signing up to its charter, a public commitment to the IP Inclusive principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. Firms who sign up to the charter have access to support materials and will be able to use the ...

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Don't be Square, conduct a full trade mark search

Date: 07/10/2015

As reported by BBC, Wiltshire-based Eat Square has come under fire from London business Square Pie over the use of the term 'square pies'. 

Square Pie, which owns the trade mark registration, has asked Eat Square to stop selling its food as 'square pies'. 

President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, Chris McLeod said: “As Eat Square is discovering, conducting a full search of the trade mark register and seeking expert help to analyse the results before starting a ...

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IP Inclusive initiative seeks ‘video selfies’ to showcase IP professions

Date: 18/09/2015

A new initiative to promote diversity in the intellectual property professions is looking for ITMA members to get creative and film a ‘video selfie’.

Volunteers are being asked to film a video for IP Inclusive on their smartphone or video camera discussing the IP profession, how they got into it, what they do and what it means to them. 


The videos will be aimed at secondary school aged children and people who are new to the IP professions.

IP Inclusive Group ...

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ITMA TM Administrators' Course 2015 - results announced

Date: 14/08/2015

The Trade Mark Administrators' Course working group are delighted to announce the names of the candidates who were successful in the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys' Trade Mark Administrators’ Course exam held in June 2015. 

Please find below the full list of successful students.

Kimberley Axford 
Emma Louise Barron
John Beltrami
Hayley Best
Ivar Blankevoort
Barbara Blunt
Sophie Boyd
Georgia Brigden
Andreea Carlan
Scott Cockayne
Sarah Coomber
Hayley Jayne Davies
Tom Deeks
Claire Drewery

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Google could be ‘hostage to fortune’ over Alphabet trade mark

Date: 12/08/2015


Following the announcement by Google that it is to restructure some of its business under the name Alphabet Inc, President of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, Chris McLeod (pictured) said:

“Google could be making itself a hostage to fortune by not registering Alphabet as a trade mark. If in the future it wants to use Alphabet as a trade mark Google could find itself challenged by owners of existing ‘alphabet’ registrations.

“If it keeps Alphabet ...

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ITMA announce support of LawCare - a dedicated helpline for the profession

Date: 23/03/2015

At the opening of the ITMA Spring Conference event in London last week, ITMA Chief Executive, Keven Bader, announced the organisations support for LawCare, a dedicated helpline for those within the profession who may be experiencing emotional, personal or professional problems.

As a result of our support, the helpline is available to ITMA members, their staff and families who might be in need of help and advice. It is free to call and is completely confidential. The helpline number is 0800 ...

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