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Modernising and harmonising… the Trade Mark Regulations 2018

On the 14 January 2019, the Trade Marks Regulations 2018 (the Regulations) came into force in the UK, amending provisions in the Trade Mark Act 1994 and the Trade Mark Rules 2008, bringing UK trade mark law in line with that of the EU. The Regulations introduce changes to elements of the application process, disputes … Continue Reading

Anti-counterfeiting operations plan to tackle intellectual property crime

Counterfeit goods now account for up to 2.5% of world trade and 5% of imports in the EU and are a significant problem for many industries in a rapidly evolving digital world. As businesses are aware, tackling IP infringements in counterfeit goods by law enforcement alone is not always effective. Therefore, it will be welcome … Continue Reading

New powers to seize counterfeit goods

The European Parliament has approved new laws which will extend the powers of EU customs authorities to seize counterfeit goods merely travelling through the EU. Currently, following the ruling in the joined cases of Philips/Nokia in 2011, customs authorities may only seize fake goods which are likely to be placed on the market in the … Continue Reading

European Union: New Regulation strengthens the position of IPR holders against counterfeit goods

On 1 January 2014, a new Regulation 608/2013 setting out the powers of customs authorities to deal with goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights became applicable across the EU.  The new Regulation improves the position of rights-holders by strengthening and streamlining customs procedures around the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Background The New Regulation … Continue Reading