About Barbara Cookson

Barbara Cookson is a UK solicitor advocate and Chartered trademark and patent attorney. She has an MA in natural sciences from Cambridge University obtained in the days when Murray Edwards College was called New Hall. She knows an awful lot about intellectual property of all sorts and if you're not careful she will share her war stories and experience

Social in Seattle

By | 2018-05-01T09:15:09+00:00 May 1st, 2018|

This post is addressed to my professional colleagues rather than my lay clients. If you will be travelling to Seattle for the International Trademark Association (INTA) meeting are a follower of social networks, then here are some fringe events that may be of interest to you. On Saturday, May 19 from 2 PM to 4

Drafting a patent claim after Actavis

By | 2017-11-04T18:20:55+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

On 12 July 2017 the Supreme Court issued a decision on a patent infringement case that rocked the patent profession.  For many years we have written the most important part of the patent specification, the claim on the basis that it would be interpreted fairly literally- using what was called "purposive construction". This was despite

Back to EU IPO School

By | 2017-09-04T17:40:03+00:00 September 4th, 2017|

On 1 October 2017 the rest of the reform package for the EUTM comes into force and we can expect another futile flurry of applications to register unusual trademarks as the requirement for graphic representation disappears.  Even so we are still required to ensure that such signs are capable of :"being represented on the Register

Unitary Patent: Dream On

By | 2017-08-31T08:09:28+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|

For more years than anyone can remember, it has been recognised that patents are one of the barriers to free trade. If you have a free trade area like the European Union, surely it would be sensible to have patents that cover all of it or none of it, so once goods were on the

Classification for Brand Owners

By | 2017-09-04T18:08:42+00:00 January 16th, 2017|

Its very easy to file your own UK trademark application online. Just remember to check that you are on the .gov.uk  web page at all times. The UK intellectual property office have gone to a lot of trouble to make their system easy to use so its a waste to use a third party portal