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The latest news and cutting edge commentary from across the group

October 2018
October 2018

Life Science Patent Network North America

HGF Patent Diector Dr Laurence Gainey will be hosting a round table discussion at the Life Science Patent Network North America in San Francisco on the 16th October 2018.

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October 2018

Argos Limited v Argos Systems Inc (09/10/2018)

This was an unsuccessful appeal by the UK consumer goods retailer, Argos Limited (“AUL”) following the rejection of its claim for trade mark infringement and passing off in 2017.

Argos Limited v Argos Systems Inc (09/10/2018) Find out more
October 2018

Strong not skinny? ASA ban Nasty Gal advert over underweight modelvvv

22 complaints were received by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from viewers who described adverts by online fashion retailer Nasty Gal as “socially irresponsible”.

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October 2018

The #ad debate resolved? ASA announce new Guidelines for Influencers

The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have come together and created “An Influencer’s Guide to making clear that ads are ads".

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October 2018

The Enlighten Conference 2018

HGF Partner, Matthew Cassie, will be speaking at this year's Enlighten Conference being held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from 10th -11th October 2018.

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October 2018

MIP IP Rising Stars 2018/19

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Rising Stars 2018/19 guide has been published. HGF are delighted to have 6 attorneys listed.

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September 2018
September 2018

EU Trade Marks And Designs In The Event Of “No Deal” Between The EU And The UK

The UK Government has announced how it plans to treat European Union (EU) trade mark and design rights in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal covering their future relationship.

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September 2018

AIPPI World Congress 2018

This year the AIPPI will be held in Cancun from the 23rd - 26th September 2018.

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September 2018

BA Data Breach

This morning news has started to come out providing details of one of the first significant data breach to be reported under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since its coming in to force in May this year.

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August 2018
August 2018

P&G to attempt to trade mark acronyms: WTF or NBD?

Consumer products group Proctor and Gamble have filed trade mark application for terms such as "LOL" (Laugh Out Loud), "NBD" (No Big Deal) and even WTF (we’ll leave you to Google that one) to presumably be used to market products. It has been reported that the plan is to use the acronyms t…

P&G to attempt to trade mark acronyms: WTF or NBD? Find out more
August 2018

Ain’t no sunshine in September: ASA rule June, July and August are British summer months

Holiday agent Tui’s advert for the “perfect summer holiday” in September and October has been deemed misleading to consumers.

Ain’t no sunshine in September: ASA rule June, July and August are British summer months Find out more
August 2018

Brexit Impact on .eu Domain Names

A statement by the European Commission has outlined that following Brexit on 29 March 2019 the EU regulatory framework regarding .eu domain names will no longer apply to the UK

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August 2018

CITMA Webinar - UK and EU IPO procedure - legally harmonised yet procedurally different

CITMA Webinar 'UK and EU IPO procedure – legally harmonised yet procedurally different'

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August 2018

PCT collaborative search and examination (CS&E) pilot project run by the IP5 offices

On 1 July 2018, the IP5 Offices (EPO, KIPO, USPTO, JPO and SIPO) launched a pilot project to test a collaborative approach to international searches under the PCT, particularly with a view to assessing user interest for such a new PCT product and also look at the expected efficiency gains …

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August 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Aims to Stop Sales of “Jeep-Like” Vehicle in US

The ‘Willys MB’ truck (also known as a “Jeep”) is a well-known vehicle manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), first manufactured in 1941. FCA has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, requesting a ban on a “nearly identical copy” of it’s Jeep vehicle by…

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August 2018

Placement of “unhealthy” food advertisements come under heavy scrutiny

Several ASA decisions published today highlight the continued focus by the ASA on advertising high fat, sugar or salt products (“HFSS”) to children.

Placement of “unhealthy” food advertisements come under heavy scrutiny Find out more
August 2018

Inspiration or copying: Aldi in the news again

Family run sausage manufacturer Heck and yogurt maker The Collective are leading a public relations campaign against the German discounter after they both allege that Aldi is selling products “almost identical” to those made by the independent producers.

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