Crossfire

Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Ireland is to host a local division of the Unified Patent Court

December 20th, 2014

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The Government’s rationale for its decision to take this path, instead of opting for a regional division, is to encourage innovation. The idea is that SMEs will be able to take advantage of the new unitary patent right and to resolve unitary patent disputes locally, in a more cost effective manner than might otherwise be the case. This is very good news for business and comes after a concerted lobbying campaign by business and the intellectual property profession to establish… Read more…

The common practice for the scope of protection of black and white trade marks

December 18th, 2014

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What trade mark owners need to know in Ireland It had been generally accepted in Ireland that the registration of a trade mark in black and white or greyscale (B&W) would provide protection for that mark in all colours. This has now changed as a result of the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White Marks (the “Common Practice“), which has been agreed by the trade mark offices of the European Union through the European Trade… Read more…