Court of Appeal upholds Birss J in Rihanna’s Case – NIPC Law

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, intellectual property, misrepresentation, news, trade marks by sally

‘In Fenty and Others v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd and another [2013] EWHC 2310 (Ch), [2013] WLR(D) 310 Mr Justice Birss gave judgment to Robyn Rihanna Fenty (better known as Rihanna) and her corporate licensing companies against Top Shop for selling a t-shirt that reproduced a photo of the singer. The claim was brought not for infringement of copyright since the owner of the copyright in the photograph had licensed the reproduction of his work but for passing off. Rihanna and her companies had claimed that the t-shirt misrepresented authorization or approval of the manufacture and distribution of the garments and that such misrepresentation damaged her commercial activities. I wrote about the case in Passing off – Fenty v Topshop 10 Sept 2013 and readers are referred to that note for an appreciation of the judgment.’

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NIPC Law, 24th January 2015

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Pop star Rihanna wins image battle – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in appeals, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Singer Rihanna has won a legal battle with high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2015

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A landmark decision for brand owners: Court rules ISP blocking orders extend to trademark rights – RPC IP Hub

‘The High Court has recently granted Richemont a blocking order requiring the five largest ISPs in the UK to prevent access to various third party websites from advertising and selling goods which infringe Richemont’s trade mark rights. This was the first time that such a blocking order had been sought against ISPs on the basis of trade mark infringement anywhere in the EU (other than, perhaps, in the Danish case of Home v Telenor).’

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RPC IP Hub, 8th January 2015

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Patents: Court of Appeal allows the appeal in Jarden – NIPC Law

Posted January 6th, 2015 in appeals, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘In Jarden Consumer Solutions (Europe) Ltd v SEB SA and Another [2014] EWHC 445 (Pat) (28 Feb 2014) Jarden Consumer Solutions (Europe) Ltd (“Jarden”) sued SEB SA (“SEB”) for the revocation of its European patent number 2.085,003 (“the patent”) for deep fryer with automatic fat coating. SEB counterclaimed for infringement of the patent by importing and selling the Breville Halo Health fryer. The action came on for trial before Mr Justice Arnold who found that 3 of the claims of the patent were invalid but 3 others were valid and had been infringed. Jarden appealed against the judge’s construction of the patent and his finding of infringement. The appeal was heard by Lord Justices Vos and Burnett and Sir Timothy Lloyd in Jarden Consumer Solutions (Europe) Ltd v SEB SA and Another [2014] EWCA Civ 1629 (17 Dec 2014).’

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NIPC Law, 1st January 2015

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New UK IP laws might restrict unregistered design rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 17th, 2014 in intellectual property, news by sally

‘UK intellectual property laws which came into force earlier this year might serve to diminish the rights designers have in unregistered designs, according to a judge at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th December 2014

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What is the definition of “design” in s.213 (2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 following the deletion of “any aspect of” from the sub-section – NIPC Law

Posted December 15th, 2014 in copyright, damages, intellectual property, interpretation, news by tracey

‘In DKH Retail Ltd v H. Young (Operations) Ltd the claimant, which claimed design rights and unregistered Community design in relation to the front portion and hood of a range of gilets sold under the product name Academy under the Superdry brand sued the defendant for importing and selling a range of Glaisdale gilets under the Animal brand. The defendant raised the usual defences on subsistence, ownership and infringement.’

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NIPC Law, 13th December 2014

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Is this a copy? John Kaldor Fabricmaker UK Ltd v Lee Ann Fashions Ltd – NIPC Law

Posted December 11th, 2014 in Community designs, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

‘In John Kaldor Fabricmaker UK Ltd v Lee Ann Fashions Ltd. [2014] EWHC 3779 (IPEC) (21 Nov 2014) Judge Hacon had to decide whether the fabric used to make the dress in the bottom photo was a copy of the fabric in the top one.’

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NIPC Law, 11th December 2014

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Vestergaard – creating another buzz – RPC IP Hub

Posted December 8th, 2014 in damages, health, intellectual property, news by sally

‘This long-running case has now reached a finale – a High Court decision on the assessment of damages, handed down in October 2014.’

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RPC IP Hub, 4th December 2014

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Software Patents – Lantana v The Comptroller – NIPC Law

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, computer programs, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘Lantana Ltd. (“Lantana”) is a California company that offers communication cable services, telephone systems and services and computer and data network services mainly to customers in Southern California. One of the company’s employees invented a “method, systems, and computer program products for retrieving a file of machine readable data” for which Lantana applied for patents in the USA and around the world under the Patent Co-operation Treaty.’

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NIPC Law, 17th November 2014

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Two men jailed over Dancing Jesus site music piracy – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2014 in artistic works, intellectual property, internet, news, sentencing by michael

‘Two men have been jailed for illegally distributing music through an online music forum.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2014

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IPO explains how government will resolve complaints about rights holder technical restrictions on lawful copying – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 6th, 2014 in complaints, copyright, education, intellectual property, news, universities by sally

‘Universities, research bodies and other organisations that want to benefit from “an eligible copyright exception” but are prevented from doing so because the works they wish to copy are subject to technological protection measures (TPMs) can now raise a complaint with the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th November 2014

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Inquiries as to Damages in the Patents County Court: Henderson v All Around the World Recordings Ltd – NIPC Law

Posted November 5th, 2014 in copyright, damages, fees, inquiries, intellectual property, news by sally

‘I last discussed this litigation in Success Fees and ATE Premiums in the Patents County Court: Henderson v All Around the World Recordings Ltd 4 May 2013. I set out the basic facts in my case note:

“This was an action for infringement of a performer’s rights which Judge Birss QC (as he then was) decided in Henderson v All Around the World Recordings Ltd and Another [2013] EWPCC 7 (13 Feb 2013)……. She had not been entirely successful and the costs of an unsuccessful copyright claim and half the costs of an application were awarded against her but she had succeeded overall.”‘

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NIPC Law, 5th November 2014

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Website blocking orders against ISPs – Cartier and 1967 – Technology Law Update

Posted November 5th, 2014 in injunctions, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘Two recent UK cases have underlined the vulnerability of internet service providers to allegations of IP infringement. ISPs can no longer says that they merely provide the roadways along which traffic, both good and bad, can pass. They are now being expected to police those roads and impede the progress of wrongdoers.’

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Technology Law Update, 5th November 2014

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Orphan Works Licensing – NIPC Law

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘One of the consequences of extending the term of copyright in many types of copyright has been a massive increase in the number of works in which copyright subsists whose owners cannot be identified or found. Such works are known as “orphan works” and HM government claims that there are some 91 million of them in the UK alone. Because their owners cannot be traced orphan works cannot lawfully be reproduced even for preservation. Consequently, works recorded on such media as celluloid film and magnetic tape may be lost for ever. Much of that work is culturally important and some of it is of considerable scientific interest such as patient records in studies of malaria. In Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth Professor Hargreaves described the problem of orphan works as “the starkest failure of the copyright framework to adapt.”‘

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NIPC Law, 3rd November 2014

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IPO launches new ‘orphan works’ licensing system – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 3rd, 2014 in artistic works, copyright, EC law, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘Businesses wishing to make use of copyrighted works that have no known rights holder can now obtain a licence allowing them to use the material without infringing UK copyright laws under a new licensing system launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2014

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Intellectual Property Act 2014: The New Law on Opinions – NIPC Law

Posted October 30th, 2014 in intellectual property, legislation, news, patents by sally

‘As I indicated in How the Intellectual Property Act 2014 changes British Patent Law JD Supra 21 June 2014 s.16 of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 amends s.74A and s.74B of the Patents Act 1977 and inserts three new subsections into s.73. The upshot as explained in paragraph 4 and paragraph 5 of the IPO’s guide Expansion of the Patent Opinions Service: business guidance is that the range of questions upon which an examiner’s opinion can be obtained has been expanded and the Comptroller now has power to revoke patents which are found to be invalid.’

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NIPC Law, 29th October 2014

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Flos putting us all through the Mill – NIPC Law

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, Italy, news by sally

‘In 1962 Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni designed a floor lamp with a marble base and a curved lead to a bowl shaped reflector. Those lamps, known as the Arco lamp and you can see a picture of one of those lamps in Achille Castiglioni’s studio in Quick History: The Arco Lamp in Apartment Therapy. Original Arco lamps retail for £1,373 but it is possible to buy a reproduction for a fraction of that price as the Prime Minister’s wife did recently (see “Samantha Cameron counts the cost of her repro lamp” 3 Oct 2011 The Guardian).’

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NIPC Law, 17th 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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Academy loses High Court passing off action brought against private college – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in education, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘An academy school has lost an action for passing-off taken against a nearby private college.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd October 2014

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UK legalises music, film and e-book back-ups – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in artistic works, computer programs, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud. While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

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