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Christina Chan Gains Top Mark in Professional Trade Mark Attorney Qualification

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Christina Chan has recently qualified as a trade mark attorney with distinction, gaining the 2022 CITMA award for the highest mark achieved by a Student member on the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice (PCTMP) course at Nottingham Law School. Christina was presented with her certificate by CITMA president Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy at the CITMA Christmas Lunch on 2nd December 2022. Said Christina “Winning this award was the bonus I did not…

UK Customs 'Applications for Action' (AFA's)

Customs can help fight counterfeiting by detaining goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights. To ask customs to take action, IP right owners need to lodge an Application for Action or AFA. Before Brexit, two types of AFAs provided protection in the UK, namely: national AFAs and EU-wide AFAs. But since 1 January 2021, EU AFAs granted before the end of the Transition Period no longer have the same scope. Depending on where the EU AFA was granted, the Application…

UKIPO ends period of interrupted days and it's back to normal

(Updated 3rd July 2020) Following its regular review since 24th March of this year the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has now brought an end to the application of automatic extensions to all deadlines that had fallen on “interrupted” days. The system of interrupted days has been in direct response to the Coronavirus and its impact on businesses addressing matters before the UKIPO. Consequently, it has been announced that the sequence of interrupted days will cease as from 29th July…

The "Skykick" Case - A Key Decision for Practitioners

Introduction On 29 April 2020, the High Court issued a decision that use of the trade mark SKYKICK in the UK infringed Sky Plc’s registrations for the mark SKY. While the finding of infringement is not especially noteworthy in itself, the decision is of great significance to brand owners in general and their representatives as explained below. Background Sky Plc, the well known television broadcaster, sued SkyKick UK Ltd, a company supplying cloud migration IT services, for trade mark infringement…

Lockdown inspires inventors in the UK

Patent attorneys in the UK are reporting a significant increase in requests for advice and assistance in protecting new inventions over recent months.  This is being attributed by some to the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown in the UK and it seems likely that there are several possible reasons for the apparent surge in inventive activity:- a)  The lockdown has resulted in a large number of people working from home, many of them doing so for the first time.  It is therefore…

Coronavirus update – 17th April 2020

The global Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is having an impact on us all to a certain degree.  SH&P is committed to maintaining the health and welfare of its staff and to minimising any disruption of our services. The UK Government moved from a state of containment to one of delay and we are now in the midst of a "lockdown".  The Government's official approach and guidance to individuals and businesses will evolve rapidly over the coming weeks.  SH&P will continue to…

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