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- Domain names represent a crucial extension of trade mark rights and we regularly assist our clients with registering their domain name, as well as enforcing their trade mark rights against illegitimate or potentially conflicting domain names when appropriate.
- Disputes over online usage of trade marks are nowadays frequent, especially on domain name entitlement as domain names are granted on a first come first served basis. At Harrison IP, our trade mark team is experienced in handling such disputes and in particular in filing complaints with the appropriate authorities (including with eBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program).
- We also administer a watching service for an existing domain names held by clients. Such watches expose any potentially conflicting new domain registrations and allow them to be attempted to be transferred back to our clients as soon as possible.
- Our specialist attorneys for this area are Anne Lacaze and Natalie Brindle.
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Confidentiality of Medical Trials
The confidentiality of medical trials was examined in recent EPO board of appeal case T 0670/20. During phase IIa and IIb clinical trials conducted prior to the filing of patent application EP2140867, tablets of anti-blood clot agent edoxaban were distributed. Under European law, is not necessary to show that a disclosure has in fact taken … Read More
New Rules Require UK Address for Service in Trade Mark and Design Matters
There are two main scenarios in which UK pending or registered design and trade mark rights held by non-UK applicants or proprietors might not have a UK address for service (“AFS”) or representative. They are: UK rights filed and secured through the Madrid Protocol (trade marks) or Hague Convention (registered designs); and Registered trade mark … Read More
Hindsight in Assessment of Inventive Step
The EPO favours the problem-solution approach in the assessment of inventive step. This involves identifying the closest prior art, as the prior art document that provides the most promising starting point for an obviousness attack. However, the step of identification of the closest prior art in the problem-solution approach creates a potential tension with one of … Read More