The UK tax authority (HMRC) has announced a new Profits Diversion Compliance Facility (PDCF), as part of its efforts to ensure that multinationals do not use artificial arrangements to divert profit to lower tax jurisdictions. This gives multinationals a window to take the initiative and explain their legal and operational structures before HMRC launch their
Our Consumer team has developed a new Product Lifecycle Analysis tool (PLAN) to help companies bring their product to market in the UK. Hogan Lovells PLAN is designed to take you through every stage of product development, from the initial idea through production and to after-market service, outlining what you can expect, and how our team
On 28 November 2018, the UK government published a draft version of a statutory instrument (Exhaustion of Rights SI), and explanatory memorandum, which together explain the changes which will be made to UK intellectual property law relating to exhaustion of rights, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The purpose of the SI is to
On Monday the UK government published a series of notices on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on intellectual property right-holders. The notices are part of a series of notices the government has published recently setting out what would happen for key industries in the event of a no-deal Brexit and what industry should do
Following the UK government’s notice on trade marks and designs if there is no Brexit deal (the “Notice”) and the increasing likelihood of the UK leaving the EU with no deal as to the future trading arrangements with the EU, clients should be reviewing their trade mark and designs portfolios now and reconsidering their brand
Join us on 16 or 21 August for the fourth in our LimeGreen Live webinar series in conjunction with the Hogan Lovells Consumer Industry Sector Group. This webinar will explore the IP opportunities and risks for businesses operating in, or looking to enter the wearable technology market. Our presenters will discuss the lifecycle of a wearable technology product, from building or
Last month, the European Commission published a notice to stakeholders on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on customs enforcement of IP rights. The underlying message is that, unless the UK and the EU agree otherwise, the UK will no longer be part of the EU rules on customs enforcement of IP
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published its response to its consultation on the implementation of the Trade Marks Directive 2015 (the “Directive”), which ran from the 19th of February to the 16th of April of this year. The consultation focused on the proposed wording of the draft Trade Marks Regulations 2018 (which will
On 19 March the EU and the UK agreed the terms of a Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020. An updated colour-coded version of the EU’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement was published by the negotiators indicating which articles are provisionally agreed (highlighted in green), agreed from a policy perspective but subject to the drafting
The perils and challenges of pre-action communications and how it may affect your later litigation options are often under-estimated. The UK unjustified threats regime, which can fix both the writer of a cease and desist letter and their employer or client with liability, has caught many an unwary lawyer. Join us on 10th April for the second
On 28 February 2018, the European Commission published the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. The paper is, of course, only a draft and the UK government has not yet commented on or agreed to any of its terms but it is the first time we have had a concrete statement
The UKIPO has issued a consultation paper on the implementation of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015 (the “Directive”), which is required to be implemented into UK law by 14 January 2019. The government is seeking the views of interested parties on the draft SI (The Trade Marks Regulations 2018) that will enact the changes
The European Commission has released a position paper on “Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” giving us the first indication of how the Commission will approach the Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR“). The Commission has set up a Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom to prepare the
With the UK Government having issued its Article 50 notice, we are holding a webinar to further analyse the implications for the life sciences sector of the momentous decision that the UK has made to leave the EU. On 3 April 12:00 pm BST and 5 April 4:00 pm BST, our Life Sciences lawyers Charles Brasted, Elisabethann Wright, Fabien Roy, Helen Kimberley
As we advised in LimeGreen IP News on Friday 24 June, the result of the UK referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU may cause some uncertainty for some time from a brand protection perspective. It is important to remember that the UK is still a member of the EU.
The referendum question has finally been answered but a myriad other questions have arisen from the ballot box. In this post we look at three questions affecting trade mark portfolios, IP contracts and the UPC. We also invite you to learn more about how Brexit could affect your business in our full post referendum report here.