UK to push ahead with reforms to rules on unjustified threats on intellectual property rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in consultations, copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by tracey

‘The UK government is to legislate to bring greater consistency to laws concerning the communications intellectual property (IP) rights holders send to alleged infringers of their rights.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2016

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Rulings rejecting taxi and chocolate bar shapes as trade marks reflect intentions of trade mark law, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2016 in food, intellectual property, news, taxis, trade marks by sally

‘The strict circumstances in which shapes can benefit from trade mark protection have been reinforced by two new rulings issued by the High Court in London, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd January 2016

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Should design rights protect things you can’t see? – OUP Blog

Posted January 26th, 2016 in Community designs, EC law, intellectual property, news, regulations by sally

‘Although many EU IP lawyers are currently concentrating on the trade mark reforms, the Commission is quietly getting on with its study of the design protection system in Europe.’

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OUP Blog, 26th January 2016

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Ruling means UK courts will not overturn decisions by domain name dispute resolution panels, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘A UK court ruling that it did not have the jurisdiction to hear and determine an appeal against a decision taken by domain name dispute resolution panel will be welcomed by brand owners, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2015

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Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging rules – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2015 in advertising, intellectual property, news, regulations, smoking, trade marks by sally

‘Four of the world’s biggest tobacco firms are to begin a legal challenge to the government’s new packaging rules.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2015

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Peter Hook sues New Order, claiming they ‘pillaged’ the group’s name – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2015 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘Peter Hook is suing his New Order ex-bandmates for “many millions of pounds” in the high court, accusing them of secretly “pillaging” the group’s name and starving him of cash.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2015

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Should intellectual property be abolished? – OUP Blog

Posted November 24th, 2015 in competition, intellectual property, news by sally

‘The Economist has recently popularised the notion that patents are bad for innovation. Is this right? In my view, this assessment results from too high an expectation of what should be achieved by patents or other intellectual property.’

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OUP Blog, 24th November 2015

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UK government scraps plans to legalise private copying – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 19th, 2015 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘The UK government has scrapped plans to legalise private copying in the UK, Out-Law.com has learned..’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th November 2015

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Reforming intellectual property law – Government consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in bills, consultations, intellectual property, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Intellectual Property Office has opened a consultation to assess whether there would be sufficient stakeholder support to introduce our Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill into Parliament using the special procedure reserved for uncontroversial Law Commission Bills.’

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Law Commission, 23rd October 2015

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Daily Mail owners challenge damages award to Paul Weller over photos of singer’s children – The Independent

‘The media’s right to publish images of the children of celebrities when they are out in public has re-emerged after the owners of the Daily Mail challenged an award of £10,000 in privacy damages to singer Paul Weller last year.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2015

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Civil Restraint Orders in IPEC: Perry v Brundle – NIPC Law

‘This case note discusses the power of a judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court to make an extended civil restraint order under para 3.2 (1) (b).’

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NIPC Law, 12th Ocotber 2015

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When one charity sues another – NOCN v Open College Network Credit4Learning – NIPC Law

Posted October 6th, 2015 in charities, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘An open college network is a regional organization that accredits adult education courses offered by educational institutions and employers. The claimant was established to coordinate some of those organizations.’

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NIPC Law, 4th October 2015

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Business that makes square pies given legal warning by rival – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in food, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘A company which makes square-shaped pies has been told it cannot call them “square” by a rival pie maker.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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Tech 21 UK Ltd v Logitech Europe SA – WLR Daily

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in Community designs, intellectual property, jurisdiction, law reports by tracey

Tech 21 UK Ltd v Logitech Europe SA: [2015] EWHC 2614 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 389

‘It is not right to characterise a claim under regulation 2 of the Community Design Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/2339) as one for a declaration of non-infringement.’

WLR Daily, 15th September 2015

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‘Infosecurity’ not distinctive enough for trade mark protection, says court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 29th, 2015 in EC law, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘The UK-based organiser of the international ‘Infosecurity’ conference series has failed in its attempt to register the name as a trade mark, after an EU court found that it had “not acquired distinctive character through use”.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 29th September 2015

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Unhappy returns of the day for copyright claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 24th, 2015 in artistic works, copyright, evidence, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A California judge’s ruling that Warner/Chappell can no longer collect royalties for Happy Birthday may not apply in England, says IP expert.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd September 2015

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Damages for infringing Copyright in Photographs – Absolute Lofts v Artisan Home Improvements – NIPC Law

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in copyright, damages, intellectual property, news, photography by sally

‘Judge Hacon’s decision in Absolute Lofts South West London Ltd v Artisan Home Improvements Ltd and Another [2015] EWHC 2608 (IPEC) (14 Sept 2015) is an interesting authority on how to assess damages for infringement of the copyrights subsisting in photographs. In this case His Honour considered the principles for assessing both compensatory and additional damages.’

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NIPC Law, 22nd September 2015

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Ukulele Wars: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain v Clausen – NIPC Law

Posted August 6th, 2015 in EC law, intellectual property, news, striking out, trade marks by sally

‘Although Judge Hacon’s decision in The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain v Clausen and Another [2015] EWHC 1772 (IPEC) was reported as a “victory” in the Independent (The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain wins duel with German ‘copycat’ 3 July 2015) it was somewhat of the pyrrhic kind. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain sued The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra for trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and passing off and applied to strike out the defence on the grounds of abuse of process less than two weeks before the trial. The claim succeeded on passing off but failed on all other counts. The claimants lost their Community trade mark and the judge saw no merit in the strike out application whatever.’

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NIPC Law, 5th August 2015

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Copying for private use: to be quashed with prospective or retrospective effect? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2015 in consultations, copyright, human rights, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin) – read original judgment and [2015] EWHC 2041 (Admin), 17 July 2015. On 19 June 2015, Green J ruled that an exception to copyright infringement for private use was unlawful, at common law, because of flaws in the consultation process which had preceded its enactment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th July 2015

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Disney wins starwars.co.uk net domain battle – BBC News

‘A Berkshire-based fancy-dress retailer is being made to surrender the starwars.co.uk web address after feeling the force of Disney’s wrath.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2015

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