Bird & Bird is an international commercial law firm. There newsletters and articles on a range of commercial law topics. These are found under “News & Events” then “News Centre”. There are IP case Reports within this section. These go back to May 2012 and comprise of summaries of important cases.
The British Library is the UK’s national patent library. As well as information about the British Library’s holdings, publications and services relating to patents, the site includes general information about patents and other types of intellectual property, including a guide to finding early British patents and an introduction to patents and patent searching.
CIPA is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys (also known as patent agents) in the UK. Its site includes a searchable register of patent agents; an overview of the law of patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright; briefing papers (aimed at IP professionals) on matters of current interest and press releases.
The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) is the professional body for trade mark attorneys and trade mark and design litigators in the UK. Freely acessible content (there is also a members only section) includes CITMA’s Royal Charter, recent annual reports (for archived annual reports you have to contact the CITMA office), and a News section. There is also a link to the Intellectual Property Regulation Board’s Code of Conduct, which applies to all registered Trade Mark Attorneys and Patent Attorneys. In addition there is a search tool for finding registered trade mark attorneys.
This UNESCO web site provides a portal to national copyright laws of member states of UNESCO, with links to pdf or html versions of the legislation. The full text of the laws may not be available in English.
The Company Names Tribunal adjudicates on disputes about opportunistic company name and limited liability partnership name registrations. It was created 1 October 2008 and is administered by the UK Intellectual Property Office. Information provided in this section of the GOV.UK web site includes the Company Names Tribunal practice direction, forms and decisions.
The Copyright Tribunal (CT), established under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, settles various types of copyright dispute, mainly in the field of collective copyright licensing. Decisions 2013 onwards are available to download from this section of the GOV.UK web site. Earlier decisions including those of the CT’s predecessor, the Performing Right Tribunal, back to 1958 are accessible via a link to the National Archives site. Other content includes procedural rules and an unofficial consolidated version of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
The Legislation section in this area of the European Commission’s EU Single Market web site includes links to current and proposed European legislation. The News section covers news on developments in EU copyright law 2005 onwards. There are also summaries of infringement proceedings. Under “International issues” there are links to WIPO treaties.
The ‘Law and Practice’ section of the European Patent Office’s web site includes the text of the European Patent Convention and an online version of the book Case Law of the Boards of Appeal (8th edition, 2016). There is also a complete searchable database of decisions of the EPO’s Boards of Appeal from 1979 onwards. All of the above are found under “Law and practice.”
With the entry into force of Regulation No 2015/2424 amending the Community trade mark regulation on 23 March 2016 ,the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market became the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Under “Law & Practice” users will find the law relating to the European Union trade mark (EUTM) and the registered Community design (RCD), as well as to key international agreements. In addition there are Executive Director’s decisions and communications, along with the rules concerning the Boards of Appeal. On the site there are various databases to search for registered designs and trade marks. Users can search for decisions of the EUIPO and judgments of the General Court, Court of Justice and national courts.
Searchable database of US patents and applications and some European patents.
This site, created in a partnership between the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), contains over 59,000 documents and publications, published between 1947 and 1994, on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
The Institute is part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. Included on the site are articles on intellectual property issues in Europe. These are found under the “Publications” section.
The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court is a specialist court within the High Court Chancery Division which deals with intellectual property disputes about registered designs, patents, registered trade marks, copyright and other rights. Content here on the GOV.UK site includes the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Guide, a guide to small claims in the court, forms, procedure rules, practice directions, and Chancery Division daily cause lists.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government body responsible for granting intellectual property rights in the UK. This section of the GOV.UK site is intended as a guide to users and creators seeking to protect their intellectual property. There are sections on copyright, designs, patents and trademarks. Detailed information is given in each section, together with relevant forms and links to legislation.
The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) was set up to undertake the regulation of the patent attorney and trade mark attorney professions on behalf of both the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), which are Approved Regulators under the Legal Services Act 2007. Site content includes the single Code of Conduct which applies to all members of both professions, and separate registers of the two professions in the form of pdf documents.
IFRRO links together reproduction rights organisations around the world. It is an independent organisation established to foster the principles embodied in the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. Its site includes a membership directory; IFRRO’s Statutes and Guidelines; newsletters 2004 onwards; recent press releases and links to the full text of IFRRO’s Booklets and position papers.
IPKat is a blog managed by a team consisting of academics, a lawyer and an intellectual property consultant. It covers copyright, patent, trademark, information technology and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.
Lawdit Solicitors is a Southampton-based law firm specialising in trademarks, designs, patents and copyright law. The “Reading Room” section of its web site has a large article archive based on the various specialist areas including copyright, designs, information technology and trademarks.
Maucher Jenkins is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys and certified patent, trade mark and design litigators. The site’s “News & Publications” section includes articles and newsletters, as well as texts of the main UK intellectual property Acts on the Legislation.gov.uk web site. Many items are available in full text and there is an archive of their newsletters.
Mewburn Ellis LLP is one of the UK’s largest firms of Chartered Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, European Trade Mark Attorneys and European Design Attorneys. The site’s “Resources” section has information sheets and published articles written by the firm’s attorneys.
This blog provided is by Jane Lambert, a barrister specialising in intellectual property and information technology. The site includes articles and case summaries on various areas of IP/IT law (design, brands, technologies, industries) with links to the full text of the relevant legislation and cases.
Nominet UK is a not for profit company which maintains the register of .uk internet names. Its web site provides extensive information on all aspects of its activities, which include operating a Dispute Resolution Service for domain name disputes. The site’s “Domains” section has details of the Dispute Resolution Service, with a database of decisions, and information on domain name court case law, including case digests with links to full text.
The Patents Court is part of the High Court Chancery Division which deals with intellectual property disputes about patents, registered designs and plant varieties. Content here on the GOV.UK web site includes the Patents Court Guide, forms, procedure rules, practice directions, details of forthcoming hearings, and information on the Patents Court judges. There is a link to decisions 1996 onwards on the BAILII site.
WIPO, a specialised agency of the United Nations, was created in 1967 to promote the protection of intellectual property worldwide. “WIPO Lex” is a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It can be found under the “Reference” tab.