World of IP Round Up: February 2018 | Uber v. Waymo Concludes in Dramatic Fashion
With February gone, 2018 is well and truly underway (and we’re nearly a quarter of the way through!)
Whilst February is always a short month – there was an abundance of big news in the IP sphere.
Without further ado, here’s all the news from the World of IP.
World of IP Round Up: The Big Ones
Surprise settlement in the Waymo v. Uber Case:
The biggest news to come out of February was the surprise conclusion of the Waymo v. Uber case in the US after two days of drama.
There were many different areas of intrigue when it came to the case – which have been covered across a number of posts online.
Louboutin’s Red Sole Up for Discussion Once More
It seems that the pendulum will continue to swing in Louboutin’s efforts to secure and retain a trade mark for the shape and colour of their highly-regarded red heeled shoes.
After securing a trade mark in India, as reported last month, Advocate General Szpunar suggested that a trade mark combining a colour and a shape may be refused or declared invalid.
This puts Louboutin’s registration attempts under some jeopardy – leading them to rebuke these claims strongly.
IP increasingly becoming a bone of contention between the US and China
The value of IP is ever-increasing – and the effect of watertight IP protection can shape the fortunes of nations.
No more is this fact being seen in the current posturing between the US and China.
The US have been critical of China across a number of IP issues, including theft of corporate secrets, suspicion over Chinese technology and counterfeiting – in recent times.
As we saw last month, China are making public moves to quash forms of IP infringement and increase trust for international brands and businesses. Regardless, tensions remain.
In the meantime – China have been making strong moves in the IP sphere – amassing a range of patents in emerging technologies such as Blockchain, AI and deep learning.
UK Leading the Way!
Closer to home, the UK IPO has opened up a consultation period for businesses to contribute to the formulation of law around the new EU Trade Secrets directive.
As a “directive” (and unlike a regulation such as GDPR) – it is down to domestic governments within the EU to formulate laws around the regulation.
Cooperation between the government and business here demonstrates the collaborative relationship that legislators and businesses enjoy in the UK.
In addition, CITMA research found that the UK is the leading country for trade mark protection and the 2nd best for IP protection worldwide. Not bad!
World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest
Ford fails to oppose “Lynk&Co” as an infringement of their “Lincoln” brand, at the UKIPO |
With the big egg ball kick American game happening this weekend, Foley Hoag’s professionals run through some of the interesting IP law surrounding the game | https://buff.ly/2s24Yne
These colour-swapped trade marks show how colour can be as iconic to tm’s as shape and words |
Little month, lots of news!
Plenty of reading for you to bite into – and plenty more to come this year.
We will see you for next month’s World of IP Round-Up.
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World of IP Round-Up February | Uber v. Waymo Concludes in Dramatic Fashion was written by Dr. Martin Douglas Hendry