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  • September 2018 News

    A Monsta Intellectual Property Success Story

    This month we thought we would share some news of a recent successful defence of a client’s brand. This is typical of the sort of situation that can arise where a claim is made against your...

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  • August 2018 News

    Summer Thoughts

    As I write this article the Wimbledon tennis tournament is over, the England Cricket team are deployed in that most British of summer sports (playing against India) and the UK seems to be emerging from a summer heatwave, an event that...

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  • June 2018 News

    World Cup Fever and FIFA Trade Marks

    We are just about half way through the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament. For some this represents a sporting paradise, for others the intensity of the games and the broadcast coverage is enough to turn them into the most ardent escapologists in an effort to avoid the media onslaught...

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  • May 2018 News

    Three Little Pigs

    Are you sitting comfortably? This is the story of the three little pigs, who decided that they were each going to build… a business!

    The first little pig chose a nice name for his new business. He said that spending money protecting the name was pointless, as the common law gave...

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  • April 2018 News

    Brexit Update

    Just a brief newsletter this month, but a very important piece of news for owners of trade marks and design registrations – we finally have some news on the arrangements for Brexit!
     

    Brexit and Trade Marks

    If you recall,...

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  • March 2018 News

    GDPR - Please let us stay in touch with you

    As you know, we send out our newsletters roughly once a month (or so), and we hope you find them interesting, or useful (or both, ideally!).  We included you on our circulation list because we have your details in our marketing database, perhaps because we have spoken to you at...

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  • March 2018 News

    Image rights and wrongs

    The use of images on the internet

    I wanted to use this month’s newsletter to highlight a pitfall that a couple of contacts of mine have fallen into recently, and that is the use of images on the internet for social media, blogging, newsletters (ahem) and the like.

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  • February 2018 News

    The Value of Business Integrity

    January has been a busy month for the team at Downing IP and, as with many businesses, the new year has been a time to reflect upon future hopes and directions. We are very much looking forward to 2018 and are...

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  • December 2017 News

    Professor Heinz Wolff

    Welcome to the December issue of the Downing IP Newsletter, with our tribute to Professor Heinz Wolff.  I had planned a look back over the year - I was going to cast my mind all the way back to January, when I persuaded an EPO Board of Appeal to finally...

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  • November 2017 News

    Precision Technology, Rise in Financial Services Trademarks and Is It an Iconic Shape?

    Welcome to the November issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we take a look at the new technology that is making waves in Cancer treatment, the rise in trademarks registered by Financial Services Companies and how trademarking a shape is a tricky business.
     

    MR Linac scans...
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  • October 2017 News

    A new President, Brexit logic and Downing IP is going paperless

    Welcome to the October issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we give you the latest updates from the European Patent Office, review the CIPA congress in London and give you the heads up on the paperless Trademark.
     

    A new President


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  • September 2017 News

    New home for Downing IP

    Welcome to the September issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we talk about the exciting new changes at Downing IP, and take the opportunity to look ahead and see what lies in store for the EPO in the next few years.

    As you may have read...

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  • August 2017 News

    Celebrating five exciting years!

    Welcome to the latest issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we celebrate our five years in business. This important milestone has given me the opportunity to reflect on how much has changed since starting the business and how the business has grown.

     

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  • June 2017 News

    Patent Trolls get taken down, the innovation of Tencent and time to take a break for Kit Kat?

    Welcome to the June issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this edition we see how the courts are dealing with Patent Trolls, take a look at the growth of innovation in China, and take a break with Kit Kat as they hit the court of appeal.

     

    Patent Trolls

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  • February 2017 News

    The Proof is in the Patent - Adidas, Twitter and Ford

    Welcome to the February issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the power of the patent, as shoe giant Adidas stands the test of time. We review the latest patent from Ford, allowing you to nap comfortably in the car, and see how social media...

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  • January 2017 News

    Amazon gets tough, Patents, and The Carpenters cash in on Rainy Days and Mondays 

    Welcome to the January issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we get to grips with tough measures online giant Amazon are taking to protect against counterfeit goods, explain how to get started with patents and find out why The Carpenters are suing Universal Music Group.


    Amazon

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  • December 2016 News

    A Christmas Sparkle, Iceland Treats and an update on the UPC

    Welcome to the December issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we take a festive look at the latest news, featuring Cartier, Iceland and the latest updates on ratifying the UPC. 


    The luxury brand Cartier will be sparkling a little brighter this Christmas after filing for an injunction...

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  • November 2016 News

    Rubix Cube, Dunkin Donuts and the low down on Trademark Infringement

    Welcome to the November issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the complexity of shape in trademark cases, how the relationship between Dunkin Donuts and Splenda turned sour, and get the low-down on trademark infringement.

    The iconic Rubix cube has hit the news again, and this...

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  • October 2016 News

    Witches, Wizards and Light Sabers!

    Welcome to the October issue of the Downing IP Newsletter. In this issue we look at the power of the big brands when it comes to trademark lawsuits and why it is also key for local businesses.
     
    As the dark nights close in, it is time to get ready...

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  • September 2016 News

    Should've gone to Specsavers

    We take a look at Specsavers, their iconic advertising campaign  ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ has now become a household catchphrase, and Specsavers were keen to protect their asset. On the 18th July, they filed their application with the UK IPO and less than a month later the application had been...

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  • September 2016 News

    Swatch filed an opposition to the Apple trademark iWatch

    You may have an Apple watch, but did you know that that Swiss giant Swatch filed an opposition to the Apple trademark iWatch in April 2014? After initial reservations, Apple launched the ‘‘Apple Watch’ in 2015. 

    Swatch has been persistent and the battle continued for well over 2 years until this...

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  • September 2016 News

    Intellectual Property Q&A

    You may be pleased to hear that I have made my debut onto YouTube, and although I felt slightly out of my comfort zone, the team soon relaxed me into my stride. We have a number of short videos on our YouTube channel, so do take a look. 

    The first are...

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  • August 2016 News

    #Rio2016 & Brexit Absurdity with Tea, Law and Musicals

    Welcome to the August newsletter. In this issue we look at the controversy surrounding the Olympics and the absurd Brexit trademark applications post referendum. 

    #Rio2016

    The 2016 Rio Olympics has already had a shaky start, banning athletes, unfinished accommodation, and now there is a hashtag trademark controversy. The...



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  • July 2016 News

    Brexit – so what about intellectual property?

    As you will have noticed, the UK voted to leave the EU. This will have a considerable impact in a range of areas, not least intellectual property. So the good news is that there is only one isolated area of intellectual property...

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  • June 2016 News

    Brexit facts on trademarks and the 6 figure issue of Jose’s trademark

    Welcome to the June issue of the Downing IP newsletter.

    The EU referendum on the 23rd June is looming and where much of the discussion has been around migrants and the economy;...

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  • May 2016 News

    Innovative patents from underground to space

     
    Welcome to the May Newsletter. In this issue we look at benefits of filing patents and how you can be inspired by designs patterns from concepts through to production. While we often focus on the serious side...
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  • April 2016 News

    Zeppelin to face the Jury for copyright Infringement

    Welcome to the April Newsletter. In this issue we look at risk and the associated costs of not protecting your intellectual assets, and the steps you can take to protect your creative designs.


    Costly Stairway to Heaven – Opening Riff Lawsuit

    Earlier this month the Guardian reported that Led...

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  • March 2016 News

    Secure The Rights

    Welcome to the March Newsletter, in this issue we tackle the common problem of overlooking the importance of registering trademarks, and offer top tips for business owners. 
     
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  • February 2016 News

    Spring Creativity

    Spring is on its way and it is a great time to get creative and try out new ideas for inventions, brands and designs. In this issue, we give you tips on how to create registerable designs, look at the new proposals around design fees, and why it is so...

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  • February 2016 News

    Downing IP feature in the Bucks Free Press talking about Trademarks

    Downining IP feature in the Bucks Free Press warning business owners of the importance of registering their Trademark.

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  • November 2015 News

    The earliest publication of your competitors technical secrets

    Patent applications give us a glimpse into the future plans of some of the brands that affect our day-to-day lives — both positively and negatively. From a business perspective they can provide us with valuable insight into the innovative thinking of our closest competitors.
     
    A recent patent application filed...

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  • September 2015 News

    The importance of registering a trade mark

    We've had an interesting case land on our desk this week, which highlights the importance of registering a mark as soon as a business gets off the ground. It's quite a tricky case, involving a small UK firm and a multinational company and one of its sub-brands. There is no...

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  • August 2015 News

    Our Tenacious Team and Some Case Studies

    In this newsletter we're going to be bringing you news and insights from intellectual property law, as well as interesting cases and developments happening here at Downing IP.

    About Downing IP

    We are an independent firm which works to protect original ideas and the interests of those who create them. Specialising in patents,...

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  • July 2015 News

    Welcome to the first edition of the Downing IP Newsletter

    We're going to be bringing you news and insights from intellectual property law, as well as interesting cases and developments happening here at Downing IP. 

     

    Meet the Team

    Racing driving and cooking, aerial photography and punting – these are just some of the pursuits that keep the team at Downing IP busy...

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  • July 2015 News

    Welcome to the first edition of the Downing IP Newsletter

    We're going to be bringing you news and insights from intellectual property law, as well as interesting cases and developments happening here at Downing IP. If you know anyone...

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  • July 2014 News

    Patents Law Firm of the Year - UK

    Downing IP have been awarded the 'Patents Law Firm of the Year' award by Acquisition International Magazine

    Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and firms who are involved in driving the intellectual property...

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