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Geox and Mario, the ‘Footwear Billionaire’

GeoxMario

Italian citizen Mario Polegato was attending a wine conference in Reno, USA whilst working for his family’s winery. When walking around in the sweltering Nevada desert making the most of his trip he found his feet became very hot and uncomfortable, so much so he cut holes in his trainers using a Swiss army knife… little did he know that ...

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UK Patent Applications Relating to Medical Inventions: Part 2

Medical Inventions

We posted an article back in January which discussed UK patent applications relating to medical inventions, the constraints on which are outlined in Section 4A of the UK Patents Act 1977. The previous article outlined the legal definitions of what is allowable and excluded under UK and European patent law. Here we discuss what is allowable when considering a particular second use applied to certain contexts. To ...

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“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet…”- William Shakespeare

Parmigiano Reggiano

Following on from our article last week regarding the recent case and discussion on “Greek yoghurt” we thought we would share with you ‘The Lisbon Agreement’, The Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration. An appellation of origin is a special kind of geographical indication. It will typically consist of a geographical name or traditional ...

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It’s all Greek to me!… But is it?

Fage

Early this year The Court of Appeal made its decision in the Greek yoghurt case between Fage and Chobani. Where, in short, it considered whether the term “Greek yoghurt” meant yoghurt that was made in Greece. Fage is a Greek manufacturer of yoghurt.  They have sold “Greek yoghurt” in the UK for many years and enjoyed a 95% market share. Chobani is ...

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Chemical Patent Searching – SureChem

Geometry of the water molecule

A large database of chemical patents has been made publicly available for searching and at no charge to the user. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) has taken over the running of a database previously run by the firm SureChem, which has since closed down their operation in this area. Using the database at www.surechembl.org, or via the EBI website, chemists can now ...

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