Intellectual property, fashion, and the metaverse: opportunities and risks at the intersection of law, art and computer science
For many of us, the metaverse may still be a rather vague and distant concept. However, for businesses the metaverse offers new and as yet unexplored commercial opportunities that should not be overlooked. This article explores the potential benefits of the metaverse (and Web 3.0 more generally) for businesses, and highlights some of the intellectual property considerations and risks that are associated with a move into this space.
eXtraordinary idea or eXpensive mistake? The trade mark issues at the heart of Twitter’s re-brand to “X”
Since Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, major controversial changes have been implemented to the social media network and at the company itself, such as tweet viewing limits, purchasable blue ticks and mass staff lay-offs. Trade Mark Assistant Nikolle Medford discusses Musk’s latest announcement, Twitter’s re-brand to “X”, and the existing trade mark rights in the letter X.
The EPO is changing the way that the deadline for responding to a communication, such as an examination report, is calculated. The EPO’s “10-day postal rule” will not apply to communications issued from 1 November 2023, meaning that applicants will have a shorter period for responding to such communications.
Can the public gain access to documents filed at the Unified Patent Court?
Dehns’ UPC representative Laura Ramsay is already finding there are controversial procedural issues arising in the cases that she’s handling at the new Unified Patent Court (UPC). Here, she reports on how the question of public access to documents has been interpreted in contrasting ways by different divisions of the UPC.
In this webinar, Clare Mann takes listeners on a whistle-stop tour of the world of trade marks. In the first half, Clare covers the fundamentals of what a trade mark is and why they are important, and in the second half she looks at the steps that should be considered when a business is looking to expand its trade mark protection to other countries.
Lights out for Lewis Hamilton in dispute with Swiss watchmaker
“In this line of work, it’s vital that we do not conflate our personal perception with that of the ‘average consumer’ — a legal concept that serves as a reference point for assessing trademark disputes”. Dehns UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Alexandra Nott, discusses the recent EUIPO Board of Appeal decision which held that Lewis Hamilton is not a well-known sports personality in the EU.
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