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Changes to UK law for the Trade Secrets Directive

The UK Government has published draft regulations to implement minimum standards of protection for trade secrets in all UK jurisdictions Trade secrets are an essential if often-overlooked aspect of intellectual property.  A wide range of commercially valuable information, from the recipe for Coca Cola to search engine algorithms to the…

New trade mark law opinion bad news for Louboutin’s red soles?

How does Advocate General Szpunar’s opinion affect fashion’s most famous sole trader? Louboutin’s red lacquered soled shoes are famous internationally and are instantly recognisable by fashionistas worldwide. Mr Louboutin has spent decades trying to protect his distinctive branding and stop copycats from applying a red finish to the soles of…

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie? Craft brewer BrewDog in trade mark scuffle with Wolf pub

A trade mark dispute in the craft drinks sector illustrates the need to enforce trade marks early. Trade marks and branding in general are extremely important to the drinks industry, where the consumer’s first purchase of a product is often made without having tasted it. The UK craft beer sector…

Criminal liability for data protection breach by departing employee

An ICO prosecution against an employee who emailed herself a client list demonstrates that the criminal law has a role in breaches of confidence. Departing employees are the greatest threat to any organisation’s confidential information. Even if they are not motivated primarily by malicious intent towards the employer, many will…

White & Black supports Ajinomoto with strategic trade marks acquisition

White & Black has recently supported Ajinomoto Co., Inc., a major Japanese food products producer, on a strategic mandate relating to the acquisition of a high-value portfolio of trade marks for coffee and tea brands that are famous in the Japanese market, including the “Blendy” and “Maxim” coffee ranges. The…

Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit from the Unified Patent Court, says Government

Baroness Neville-Rolfe states UK will ratify UPC Agreement to get new court up and running. The proposed Unified Patent Court is based on an intergovernmental treaty separate from the EU, but subject to EU law and to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).  As a…