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This newly revised full day course will consider recent case law, practice, legislation and forthcoming legislation in a number of IP practice areas including copyright, registered trade marks, passing off and trade secrets.

The implications of Brexit on IP matters will also be discussed during the course.

This course is aimed at both solicitors and trade mark attorneys. Delegates should have a good general knowledge of intellectual property.

Updates to patent law and practice are considered in MBL Seminar’s half-day course Patents Update - Practice & Procedure.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following topics:

  • The stated and likely post-Brexit position of proprietors of European Trade Marks (EUTM) and Community Designs
  • The major changes to the EU copyright framework including Copyright in the Digital Single Market, Geo-Blocking and the contentious forthcoming Copyright Directive (including a discussion on its Articles 11 and 13)
  • The latest Court of Justice (CJEU) and ECHR cases on liability for web-linking and generally ‘re-using’ content available on open websites
  • Copyright Exceptions: What might the position be in 2019?
  • Website blocking - a still developing area. Some recent innovations. Compliance costs
  • The UK Implementation from January 2019 of the Trade Marks Directive 2015 by the domestic Trade Mark Regulations 2018. The ‘new’ types of registrable marks not relying on graphical representation. Changes to UK IPO Registry practice
  • The still continuing fall-out over the IP Translator and Leno Merken cases - the latest guidance of the EUIPO and the European TMDN. A ‘revisit’ of IP Translator issues to the CJEU?
  • What might presently constitute use of a mark?
  • Shape, colour and/or function of goods and registrability: Domestic and CJEU case law
  • Geographical Indications and an important 2018 CJEU decision
  • Use of social media in trade mark and passing off cases. Actual or likely confusion and consideration of relevant public
  • Passing Off after the Rihanna, Glee, EasyRoommate and Skykick cases. Are these cases relevant to trade mark issues?
  • How design law and practice might be changed in the near to medium future. Position of ‘Community Unregistered Designs’
  • Design Right and surface decoration
  • Registered Designs after the Trunki Supreme Court decision. The vital domestic and European TMDN guidance on registered design illustrations. Why Registered Designs are still worth applying for!
  • The new ability to use the Hague Convention directly for international design applications
  • The still not widely appreciated mid-2018 UK implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive

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