Author: Dean Lacey

China has long been aware of the criticisms of its trade mark system made by overseas business and, over the last few years, has sought to address those criticisms through law reform. The latest reforms to be implemented came in April this year, apparently driven by...

In a recent, long-standing case involving fashion brand Zara, the retailer successfully blocked a travel company from registering a similar trade mark due to social media platforms ‘blurring’ the lines between products and services. Here, we explain the key facts of the case and the impact...

In order for an invention to be patentable it must be new and inventive compared to any information that was publicly available before the filing of the first patent application for the invention. In other words, if the existence of an invention has been revealed to...

While we still await clarity regarding when, and under what terms, the UK will leave the EU, what we do know is how Brexit will affect IP rights. Here, Serjeants provides an overview of how Brexit will impact Intellectual Property rights and what you should...

Experienced trade mark attorney at Serjeants, Leanne Hall, has recently upped her game with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) by joining its council. CITMA is a professional membership organisation that represents trade mark and design professionals. Not only do they provide support within...

A recent High Court decision has highlighted the importance of the ‘inventive concept’ of a patent when it comes to patent infringement. Serjeants’ expert patent attorney Tim Cadman explains: The wording of a patent claim is usually enough to determine patent infringement. However, in  Regen Lab...

Leicester City Football Club triumphed recently when the trade mark experts at Serjeants successfully defended the club’s rights in their registered trade mark ‘LCFC’, preventing an application for a similar mark. An application was made by Leeds City Football Club Limited (Leeds City Ltd) to register...