The Scottish branch of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), a global intellectual property association, has unveiled a programme of events for 2023. The programme will offer intellectual property and technology professionals, and all those with an interest in commercialising IP, the opportunity t
Murgitroyd, has acquired the UK-based IP business TLIP Ltd. TLIP was founded in Glasgow in 2014 and employs 14 people (nine patent attorneys and five support staff) based at its offices in Cambridge, Leeds and Dublin. TLIP employees based in Leeds and Dublin will join their new colleagues in Murgitr
Hindles, a UK firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, increased revenue by 25 per cent to £2.1 million in the year to 31 March 2022, while appointing a further director, Chris Cottingham, and growing headcount by 50 per cent. Founding director Dr Alistair Hindle noted a Brexit effect, with gr
A team of experts has patented watermarking technology for use with 3D printing. Academics led by Dr James Griffin from the University of Exeter Law School are now working to link this watermarking technology to the blockchain to allow the licensing of 3D printed objects.
The European Commission has proposed the first-ever framework to protect the intellectual property for craft and industrial products that rely on the originality and authenticity of traditional practices from their regions. This framework will cover products such as Donegal tweed, Murano
Brexit has prompted a record number of trademark applications in the UK, according to new data. There were 195,000 trademarks registered in the UK in the past year, an increase of 54 per cent on the previous year's figure of 127,000.
Murgitroyd has announced its acquisition of of UDL Intellectual Property (UDL), a UK-based IP practice. This follows its recent acquisition of Hanna Moore + Curley in Ireland. UDL, founded over 100 years ago, is headquartered in Leeds, with offices in Bristol, Cardiff, London, Milton Keynes, and New
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 tr
BrewDog has lost a legal battle with an English gin company in a dispute over its application for a tiger-themed brand name. The Shropshire Gin Company, which makes Tiger Gin and Tiger Vodka, raised an action against BrewDog after it applied to register the brand name "Tiger Strike" for its own rang
Lidl has been prevented from selling a “redesigned” own brand version of an upmarket gin. William Grant and Sons Irish Brands, makers of Hendrick’s Gin, have succeeded in the Inner House, having won an interim interdict earlier this year.
Usman Tariq and Dean of Faculty, Roddy Dunlop QC, were counsel in a high-profile intellectual property dispute concerning lookalike products sold by supermarkets. They acted together with Burness Paull LLP for William Grant & Sons, the owner of the famous Hendrick’s Gin, in proceeding
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". R & A Bailey & Co, a subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, filed an objection to the trade mark application lodged by a
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. The waiver was first proposed by India and South Africa last October in a detailed submissi
Dear Editor, Eilidh Smith's article on Taylor Swift's intellectual property woes misses out a key point: Taylor Swift tried to buy back the intellectual property rights and would likely have had no problem purchasing these rights, except that the owner, Scooter Braun, refused to allow her to buy the
Eilidh Smith looks at the lessons we can learn from the IP woes of Taylor Swift. Earlier this month, Taylor Swift fans everywhere were treated to the release of Fearless (Taylor's Version), a re-imagining and re-recording of her 2008 LP – the first in a project which plans to re-record and rel