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Month: June 2015

More Patent Applications from France and Germany than the UK in 2014

A recent study by Thomson Reuters shows that the UK fell significantly behind its major European  competitors, France and Germany, in the number of patents filed in 2014.  Patents originating from Germany numbered over 56,000 during the year, with French companies filing just over 11,500.  By contrast, applicants from the UK filed just 6,619. Patents for German Technology Germany is home to a number of leading technology companies, all of which are investing a significant amount in research and development. …

UK Company Refused ‘Champagne’ Trade Mark for Flooring Products

Ball & Young, a company based in Corby, Northamptonshire, applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register the trade mark ‘Cloud 9 Caviar and Champagne Collection’ for flooring products.  The application was refused after an objection from the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), which is the trade body representing Champagne producers.   When is ‘Champagne’ a Trade Mark? An opposition hearing was held at the IPO, during which Ball & Young argued that the word ‘Champagne’…

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