Let’s take another look at Specsavers v Asda – Technology Law Update

Posted October 20th, 2014 in appeals, EC law, news, trade marks by sally

‘Well-known optical retailer Specsavers uses a logo composed of green overlapping ellipses overlaid with its name ( you can see their branding here). Specsavers had registered as a Community trade mark a black “wordless” version of the linked ellipses. Asda started using branding for its own opticians service that included ellipses that touched but did not overlap, overlaid with the words “ASDA” and “Opticians” in each ellipse. Specsavers sued Asda for trade mark infringement.’

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Technology Law Update, 17th October 2014

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‘Background’ trade marks may be valid even if never used as registered , UK court rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 17th, 2014 in appeals, EC law, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Wordless logo trade marks that are never used in isolation can defeat a legal challenge brought on the basis that they have never been used, a UK court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th October 2014

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High Court rejects legal challenge against reforms to remote gambling regime – OUT-LAW.com

‘A legal challenge against UK government plans to reform remote gambling regulation and licensing in Great Britain has failed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2014

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The Supreme Court and the Rule of Law – Speech by Lord Neuberger

The Supreme Court and the Rule of Law (PDF)

Lord Neuberger

The Conkerton Lecture 2014, Liverpool Law Society, 9th October 2014

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

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Commission criticised for withholding information on UK internet surveillance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2014 in disclosure, documents, EC law, intelligence services, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The European Commission must publish documents containing information about the UK’s communications surveillance operations or “properly justify” its reasons not to do so, an EU watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2014

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Lord Neuberger on the Supreme Court: Five key cases from its first five years – The Independent

‘From euthanasia to high-speed rail, the highest in the land has an almost limitless remit.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2014

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The UK in the European Convention: fudge, or a shining example? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 10th, 2014 in constitutional law, EC law, human rights, jurisdiction, news, treaties by sally

‘Last night’s discussion at Gray’s Inn Hall featured a panel with Dominic Grieve QC MP (formerly Attorney General), Lord Judge (formerly Lord Chief Justice), Bella Sankey (Policy Director, Liberty), Martin Howe QC (member of the Commission on a British Bill of Rights), David Anderson QC (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation), all chaired by Shaun Ley of the BBC.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2014

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Academic behind copyright law changes warns that rights holders could lose even more control of content by taking test cases to court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 8th, 2014 in copyright, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘Rights holders could lose even more control over their content if they take cases to court to test new copyright exceptions, the academic whose proposals prompted the new laws has exclusively told Out-Law.com.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th October 2014

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Court enforces German law on military wife’s damages – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An English claimant injured in a crash in Germany has failed in a bid to have her compensation case heard in England and Wales.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th October 2014

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Courts should not be given free rein to create new defences against trade mark infringement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 7th, 2014 in courts, defences, EC law, intellectual property, judiciary, news, trade unions by sally

‘Proposals by academics to allow new defences against trade mark infringement to be created in the future should be resisted, a trade mark law specialist has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2014

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E v B – WLR Daily

E v B (Case C-436/13) ECLI:EU:C:2014:2246; [2014] WLR (D) 405

‘Jurisdiction in matters of parental responsibility which had been prorogued, under article 12(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (OJ 2003 L338, p 1), in favour of a court of a member state before which proceedings had been brought by mutual agreement by the holders of parental responsibility ceased following a final judgment in those proceedings

WLR Daily, 1st October 2014

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Strack v European Commission – WLR Daily

Posted October 7th, 2014 in documents, EC law, freedom of information, law reports, proportionality by sally

Strack v European Commission (Case C‑127/13 P) ECLI:EU:C:2014:2250; [2014] WLR (D) 40

‘An institution of the European Union could, in exceptional circumstances, refuse access to certain documents on the ground that the workload relating to their disclosure would be disproportionate as compared to the objectives set by the application for access to those documents. However, reliance on the principle of proportionality could not allow the time-limits laid down by Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (OJ 2001 L145, p 43) to be changed without creating a situation of legal uncertainty.’

WLR Daily, 2nd October 2014

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Does UK copyright law have a sense of humour? – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 6th, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, interpretation, news by sally

‘Under a new exception to copyright law, anyone will be able to make a funny parody or mash-up from existing material. But do the courts have a sense of humour, asks Adam Rendle.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2014

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers recent judgments in private law children cases, including the President’s judgment on legal aid funding in Q v Q.’

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Family Law Week, 19th September 2014

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Care Proceedings and the European Dimension: Article 15 Transfers – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square, considers recent developments in respect of care proceedings involving another European state.’

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Family Law Week, 16th September 2014

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Victims’ Rights, the EU Charter, and Passport Confiscation – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In recent news, the government outlines proposals for increased rights for the victims of crime, as well as for the revocation and confiscation of passports for ISIS fighters returning to the UK. In other news, the legality of the EU Charter comes back to haunt Chris Grayling once again.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th September 2014

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Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

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High Court: Commercial Agents Regulations could not override contractual choice of law – OUT-LAW.com

‘Mandatory rules governing the relationship between commercial agents and their principals in respect of the agent’s UK activities cannot override a valid jurisdiction and choice of law clause, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th September 2014

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Deckmyn and another v Vandersteen and others – WLR Daily

Posted September 9th, 2014 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, law reports by sally

Deckmyn and another v Vandersteen and others (Case C-201/13; ECLI:EU:C:2014:2132; [2014] WLR (D) 385

‘The concept of “parody” within the meaning of article 5(3)(k) of Parliament and Council Directive 2001/29/EC was an autonomous concept of EU law and its essential characteristics were to evoke an existing work, while being noticeably different from it, and secondly, to constitute an expression of humour or mockery. The concept was not subject to the conditions that the parody should display an original character of its own, other than that of displaying noticeable differences with respect to the original parodied work; that it could reasonably be attributed to a person other than the author of the original work itself; and it should relate to the original work itself or mention the source of the parodied work. However, the application of the exception for parody, within the meaning of article 5(3)(k) of Directive had to strike a fair balance between the interests and rights of persons referred to in articles 2 and 3 of the Directive, and the freedom of expression of the user of a protected work who was relying on the exception for parody and it was for the national court to determine, in the light of all the circumstances of the case, whether the application of the exception for parody preserved a fair balance.’

WLR Daily, 3rd September 2014

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Burgo Group SpA v Illochroma SA (in liquidation) and another – WLR Daily

Posted September 9th, 2014 in EC law, insolvency, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Burgo Group SpA v Illochroma SA (in liquidation) and another (Case C-327/13); ECLI:EU:C:2014:2158; [2014] WLR (D) 386

‘Article 3(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 of 29 May 2000 on insolvency proceedings meant that, where winding-up proceedings were opened in respect of a company in a member state other than that in which it had its registered office, secondary insolvency proceedings could also be opened in respect of that company in the other member state in which its registered office was situated and in which it possessed legal personality. The question as to which person or authority was empowered to seek the opening of secondary proceedings had to be determined on the basis of the national law of the member state within the territory of which the opening of such proceedings was sought pursuant to article 29(b) of the Regulation. The right to seek the opening of secondary proceedings could not, however, be restricted to creditors who had their domicile or registered office within the member state in whose territory the relevant establishment was situated, or to creditors whose claims arose from the operation of that establishment. Where the main insolvency proceedings were winding-up proceedings, the decision as to whether the court before which the action seeking the opening of secondary insolvency proceedings had been brought could take account of criteria as to appropriateness was governed by the national law of the member state within the territory of which the opening of secondary proceedings was sought. However, when establishing the conditions for the opening of secondary proceedings, member states had to comply with EU law and, in particular, its general principles, as well as the provisions of the Regulation.’

WLR Daily, 4th September 2014

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