IP & IT Law (23 July – 6 August)

IP & IT News

Marketing firm fined £100,000 after making more than 75,000 nuisance calls

ICO – 1 August

AMS Marketing Ltd, based in Peacehaven, has been fined £100,000 by the (ICO) for making 75,649 nuisance calls. The calls were made between October 2016 and December 2017, and the ICO and the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) received over 100 complaints.

Consultation on end-of-contract and out-of-contract notifications

Ofcom – 31 July

Ofcom has opened a consultation on a proposed set of rules that will require communications providers to notify their customers when they are nearing the end of their minimum contract period. This will allow customers to find the best deal on their broadband. The consultation closes on 9 October 2018.

Nestlé faces prospect of 'Kit Kat' copycats after trademark ruling

Out Law – 26 July

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has revoked any trademark rights Nestlé has previously held for the shape of its Kit Kat bars. The court found the mark was ‘devoid of inherent distinctive character’ and had wrongly been awarded a trademark.

UKIPO confirms that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU

Reddie & Grose – 24 July

UKIPO has confirmed that all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs will be protected once the UK leaves the EU. UKIPO has stated it plans to create over 1.7 million comparable UK rights which will be granted automatically and for no additional charge.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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