World leaders and Nobel laureates call on Germany to waive IP rules for Covid vaccines

More than 140 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates today called on the candidates to be the next German chancellor – Annalena Baerbock, Olaf Scholz, and Armin Laschet – to declare themselves in favour of waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and transferring vaccine technologies and “to make these the policies of any future coalition government”.

Published 14 September 2021

BrewDog loses IP battle over tiger gin

BrewDog has lost a legal battle with an English gin company in a dispute over its application for a tiger-themed brand name.

Published 23 July 2021

Lidl prevented from selling Hampstead gin

Lidl has been prevented from selling a “redesigned” own brand version of an upmarket gin.

Published 22 July 2021

Interdict granted in IP dispute over lookalike gin products

Usman Tariq and Dean of Faculty, Roddy Dunlop QC, were counsel in a high-profile intellectual property dispute concerning lookalike products sold by supermarkets.

Published 27 May 2021

Baileys maker wins trade mark battle against rival ‘McBaileys’

The maker of Baileys, the world's most popular Irish cream liqueur, has won a UK trade mark dispute against a company seeking to produce a Scottish product called "McBaileys".

Published 26 May 2021

US makes dramatic U-turn on IP waiver for Covid-19 vaccines

In a dramatic U-turn, the US government has signalled its support for waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines and medical tools to help developing countries tackle the global pandemic.

Published 6 May 2021

Letter: Misplaced blame

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Published 28 April 2021

Eilidh Smith: Learning lessons from Taylor Swift’s IP troubles

Eilidh Smith looks at the lessons we can learn from the IP woes of Taylor Swift.

Published 27 April 2021

Patent filings show new sectors exploring blockchain

More sectors than ever before are starting to utilise blockchain, European patent figures reveal. 

Published 22 April 2021

Conor McGregor loses trademark fight

Conor McGregor has failed in a legal fight with a clothing firm over sportswear that bears his name.

Published 1 April 2021

Outlander star Sam Heughan appeals EUIPO whisky decision

Actor Sam Heughan has become embroiled in a legal battle with a German distillery of the name of his whisky brand.

Published 19 February 2021

Lawrie IP celebrates tenth anniversary with turnover growth

Lawrie IP is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an increase in turnover to around £2.7 million in the 12 months to June 2020, from £2.2m in the previous 12 months.

Published 15 December 2020

Graeme Di Rollo: How to enforce your copyright online – a guide

Graeme Di Rollo demystifies copyright enforcement.

Published 11 December 2020

Iain McDougall: Beware the Covid copyright shakedown

Iain McDougall discusses the increase in copyright infringement claims during the pandemic.

Published 6 August 2020

Burness Paull sets gold standard in intellectual property law

One of the world’s leading intellectual property guides has named Burness Paull as the leading IP litigation practice in Scotland.

Published 10 July 2020