Join us for IP Week 2022 where our London Intellectual Property team will provide updates on the latest legal trends and developments impacting Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights and IP Disputes as we head into 2022.

The event will be held virtually from Monday 21 - Thursday 24 February and you can find all the details you need about each session below. RSVP opposite to confirm which session/s you would like to attend and please do share this invitation with members of your team and other colleagues who might be interested.

Whether you are able to join us for one or all of them, we look forward to welcoming you in February!

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Trademark trends

Monday 21 February, 11.00 am - 12 noon

An update on developments in copy-cat infringement including:

  • the Hendrick's Gin case in Scotland and the press frenzy around Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar which sparked the general public's interest;
  • sustainability and how recent UK filings have shot up in this space, along with developing case law around sustainable brand owners; and
  • case law updates for the most important recent decisions which brand owners should be aware of and their potential implications.

We will also cover the ongoing implications of Brexit and the evolving nature of how the UK and EU are treating trademarks, reputation, use and exhaustion.

Assessment of financial remedies in UK intellectual property litigation

Tuesday 22 February, 11.00 am - 12.00 noon

The split trials common in UK IP litigation make it all too easy to forget about remedies (including damages / an account of profits) when engaged in IP infringement disputes. In this session, we will discuss lessons learned from recent patents, design rights and trade secrets judgments, as well as our team's own experience advising on and conducting damages proceedings, to highlight the key legal principles and importantly, procedural practicalities.

Litigating UK patents - interfacing with Europe

Wednesday 23 February, 11.00 am - 12 noon

In this session, we will discuss strategies to successfully manage - and leverage - the overlapping jurisdictions of the European Patent Office and the UK courts when litigating the UK designations of European patents, including:

  • the risks and effects of inconsistent decisions on validity;
  • the current position on stays of UK proceedings; and
  • considerations when looking to amend or limit a patent.

Additionally with the Unified Patent Court expected to open its doors in the coming year or two (but without the UK as a participant), we will consider the possible implications of the UPC for UK patent strategies.

Copyright: Case law update and the latest on CRD implementation and strategies

Thursday 24 February, 11.00 am - 12 noon

Get up to speed with the latest UK and CJEU copyright cases that might impact your business. In this session, we will also put a particular lens on the current implementation status of the EU Copyright Directive and the issues that are impacting both rightsholders and platforms.