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Unitary Patent FAQs

The proposed Unitary Patent system promised a simpler and more cost-effective route to patent protection in and across the EU member states; however, its route to implementation has been far from easy. We set out the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Unitary Patent FAQs
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The sound of change?

Last month, the General Court of the European Union achieved a new milestone when it handed down its first-ever judgement on a sound mark registration, presented as an MP3 file. Koen de Winder sets out the background and implications of the ruling.

The sound of change?
News & opinion

Lipstick brings 3D trademarks back to life

Assumptions that the shape mark is dead may have been overturned this month, after the General Court of the EU found the shape of a lipstick suitable for trademark protection. While it is not easy to protect characteristics such as shapes under EU trademark law, the recent judgement provides hope for companies wishing to protect design elements or other features of their products.

By Frouke Hekker,
Lipstick brings 3D trademarks back to life

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