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Pieces Come Together for Lego


Pieces Come Together for LegoPosted on Jul 16, 2015 by Iain McDougall  | 0 Comments The iconic Lego group, the plastic toy company based in Billund, Denmark has successfully retained trademark protection for its “minifigure”. The Community trade mark (CTM) secures the three-dimensional minifigure that we recognise as a lego person in all its guises from the original “happy face”, to Harry Potter. The decision issued last month was challenged by Lancashire based company Best-Lock, who argued that the defining feature of the minifigure was its ability to interlock with other building blocks. Had this argument been accepted by the General Court of...
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Marc Marked Out for Infringement?

Marc Marked Out for Infringement?Posted on Jun 01, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | Tags: fashion, trade mark infringement, intellectual property  | 0 CommentsBy Julie NixonIt isn’t often I get to blog about IP and fashion, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity when I heard that Adidas AG recently filed a claim against Marc Jacobs International LLC in the US Federal Court for allegedly infringing its iconic Three-Stripe Trade Mark. Disappointingly Vogue online has described this as copyright infringement!As part of the “Marc by Marc Jacobs” line (the cheaper diffusion line of the brand), the designer has been selling sweaters...
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Supercharged at BioCity Scotland

Supercharged at BioCity ScotlandPosted on May 05, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | Tags: innovation, collaboration, pharma, BioCity, research  | 0 CommentsBy Julie NixonLiina and I were fortunate to be able to attend day 1 of “Supercharging the Innovation Engine” at BioCity Scotland, a two day conference bringing together academics, big pharma and life science companies amongst others. A prestigious line up of speakers was brought together for the event, and here I report back on some highlights.After an introduction from Dr Diane Harbison, MD at BioCity Scotland, Professor Roy Sandbach addressed a packed lecture theatre. Roy is currently the Chair...
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Genomes, IP and Ethics: The 100,000 Genomes Project

Genomes, IP and Ethics: The 100,000 Genomes ProjectPosted on Mar 30, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | Tags: Genomes, cancer, IP, ethics, privacy  | 0 CommentsBy Julie NixonThe 100,000 Genomes Project is aiming to revolutionise medicine and place the UK as a world leader in genetic research. But while the prospect of allowing biomedical companies access to the data generated from the project could bring major health advances and economic impact, there is a potential risk that patients may be identified from the data they provide by participating in the project.The ProjectThe Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, took a decade...
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Mistakes companies make regarding their IP-and how to avoid them

Mistakes companies make regarding their IP-and how to avoid themPosted on Mar 02, 2015 by Dr. Julie Nixon  | Tags: Intellectual Property, Due Diligence, IP audit, spin-out, start-up  | 0 CommentsBy Julie NixonBeing part of a tech start up or a spin out is challenging, and among the many issues entrepreneurs have to consider are meeting milestones, recruiting the right team and sourcing funding.  A company also needs to manage its intellectual property, establishing what assets can be used to generate revenue through licensing or IP transfers, and boost the value of the company for the purposes of fund raising.  Here...
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