A new week is fast approaching, but before we jump into that, let's see what happened on the IPKat last week...
The UK patent exams are now fast approaching. To assist candidates in their preparation for the exams, the PEB has released some FD4/P6 (Infringement and validity) model answers for the 2013 ("Water butts") and 2018 ("Gantry-gate") papers. The model answers can be viewed on the PEB website here. Rose Hughes provided some further helpful information for candidates here.
Recently the UKIPO saw a regal trade mark application, similarly to the 'Sussex Royal' trade mark, opposed by the Lord Chamberlain, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. The trade mark, which featured the words ‘THE ROYAL BUTLER’, was refused trade mark registration on the basis of sections 3(5) and 4(1)(d) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (TMA), which addresses specially protected emblems. Riana Harvey reported on the rejection of the trade mark.
OTHER IP TOPICS: COMPETITION LAW
One of the thorniest ongoing issues in IP law is its overlap with competition law. A recent interesting instance can be found in the decision delivered by Justice Bakhru of the Delhi High Court in the case of Monsanto v. Competition Commission of India. Kat friend Aditya Gupta reported on the case and its importance for competition law and IP law here.