Appeal court deprecates “act of deliberate concealment” by party – Legal Futures

Posted May 11th, 2022 in appeals, civil justice, disclosure, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘Civil litigation should be conducted “with cards on the table – face up” and the courts should not “sanction an act of deliberate concealment” by one of the parties, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 10th May 2022

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Ed Sheeran wins Shape of You copyright case and hits out at ‘baseless’ claims – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Ed Sheeran has won a High Court copyright battle over his 2017 hit Shape of You.’

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BBC News, 6th April 2022

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Trade mark dispute provides lessons on costs, confusion and consent – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 18th, 2022 in consent, costs, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A recent costs ruling shows that brands should think twice before claiming directors are jointly liable with their company for the infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights. The costs ruling concerned a dispute over trade mark rights heard recently by the High Court in London. Its judgment in the case, involving rival property management companies Urbanbubble and Urban Evolution, shows how difficult it is for brand owners to rely on evidence purportedly showing actual confusion over who operates their brand, to demonstrate trade mark infringement. It further highlights the care trade mark owners must take when engaging with other brands to avoid inadvertently giving competitors permission to use similar trade marks.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th March 2022

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‘Music is so different now’: Copyright laws need to change, says legal expert – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, internet, interpretation, news by tracey

‘Songwriters such as Ed Sheeran face a future of drawn out legal battles because the way in which people consume music has changed so much in the past half a century, a leading legal expert has warned, as she urged courts to reconsider how they interpret copyright law.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2022

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Speech by Lord Justice Birss at the UCL and Intellectual Property Awareness Network event – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 10th, 2022 in intellectual property, judiciary, small businesses, small claims, speeches by tracey

‘Lord Justice Colin Birss, Deputy Head of Civil Justice, gave the keynote speech at the University of College London and Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) event. In his speech, entitled “Can the IP system serve small businesses better?”, he said: “In its broadest sense intellectual property is doing its job most acutely when it is in a David and Goliath situation.”‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 9th March 2022

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You copyright row set for High Court trial – The Independent

Posted March 4th, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘Ed Sheeran’s hit song Shape Of You is at the centre of a High Court copyright row. Sheeran is involved in a legal battle with two songwriters who claim the 2017 hit rips off parts of their song Oh Why, and a three-week trial is due to start on Friday in London.’

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The Independent, 4th March 2022

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Only Fools and Horses firm sues creators of ‘cushty’ dining events – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

‘It’s just the sort of ersatz product that would have made Del Boy proud – but the makers of Only Fools and Horses are suing an unauthorised immersive theatre show based on the BBC sitcom for copyright infringement.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2022

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Colin the Caterpillar cake row crumbles – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2022 in copyright, food, intellectual property, news by sally

‘Marks & Spencer and Aldi have reached a settlement in a copyright row over caterpillar cakes.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2022

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Find another way to resolve dispute, High Court tells parties – Legal Futures

Posted January 10th, 2022 in costs, dispute resolution, injunctions, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘The High Court has told parties to an intellectual property claim to find other ways to resolve their dispute in the light of the first three hearings all concerning costs and not the merits.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Can AI qualify as an “inventor” for the purposes of patent law? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that an artificial intelligence machine cannot qualify as an “inventor” for the purposes of Sections 7 and 13 of the Patents Act because it is not a person. Further, in determining whether a person had the right to apply for a patent under Section 7(2)(b), there was no rule of law that new intangible property produced by existing tangible property was the property of the owner of the tangible property, and certainly no rule that property in an invention created by a machine was owned by the owner of the machine.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2021

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Gag warfare: standups in legal row over ‘stolen’ comedy routine – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2021 in artistic works, defamation, intellectual property, news, plagiarism by sally

‘Kae Kurd begins libel case at high court against Darius Davies over public accusations of plagiarism.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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Court clarifies law on pharma patent claims – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in appeals, disclosure, intellectual property, medicines, news, patents by tracey

‘Pharmaceutical manufacturers that claim patent rights over multiple compounds on the basis of a general formula will welcome a new ruling by the Court of Appeal in London, experts in patent litigation have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2021

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New guidelines to sentence trade mark offences published – Sentencing Council

‘Two new sentencing guidelines for sentencing individuals or companies that sell or possess counterfeit goods intended for sale were published by the Sentencing Council today, following consultation.’

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Sentencing Council, 5th August 2021

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Oatly loses trademark battle against Glebe Farm over oat milk – BBC News

Posted August 6th, 2021 in copyright, food, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘A family-run farm has won a legal battle against the multimillion-pound makers of plant milk, Oatly, which accused it of trademark infringement.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2021

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Registered Designs – Lutec (UK) Ltd v Cascade Holdings Ltd – NIPC Law

Posted August 3rd, 2021 in brexit, EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

‘This case started as an action for the infringement of two registered Community designs, namely 000540927-0001 and 000540927-0002. Before the action came on for trial, the transition or implementation period provided by art 126 of the agreement by which the UK withdraw from the EU expired. The Senior Courts of England and Wales ceased to be Community design courts and registered Community designs ceased to apply to the UK. Art 54 (1) (b) of that agreement provided for holders of registered Community designs to be awarded equivalent registered designs in the UK (see Jane Lambert How Brexit has changed IP Law 17 Jan 2021 NIPC Brexit and Jane Lambert IP after Brexit 26 Jan 2021 Slideshare). Those registered designs are for “Interior lights, Exterior lights” registered in the name of the third claimant under registration number 90005409270001 and “Interior lights, Exterior lights” registered in the name of the same claimant under registration number 90005409270002. The claim proceeded as an action for the infringement of those registered designs.’

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NIPC Law, 2nd August 2021

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The Battle of Revolax – Fox Group International Ltd v Teleta Pharma Ltd – NIPC Law

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in EC law, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘There really was a battle of Revolax between Russia and Sweden in 1808 but that has nothing to do with this article. Revolax is also the name of a hyaluronic acid dermal filler manufactured by the Korean company Across Co., Ltd (“Across”) which Fox Group International Ltd. (“Fox”) enjoyed the exclusive right to distribute in the UK.’

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NIPC Law, 23rd July 2021

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Anarchy in UK court? Ex-Sex Pistols sue singer Johnny Rotten – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2021 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, licensing, news by tracey

‘Two former members of the Sex Pistols are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming television series about the anarchic punk rock icons.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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Ep 137: The Law of Artificial Intelligence – Law Pod UK

‘In the latest episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English talks to Matt Hervey, co-editor with Matthew Lavy of a new practitioner’s text book on Artificial Intelligence. Matt is Head of Artificial Intelligence at Gowling WLG., and advises on all aspects of AI and Intellectual Property, particularly in relation to the life sciences, automotive, aviation, financial and retail sectors. Our discussion ranges across many areas covered by the book, including negligence, liability for physical and economic harm, AI and professional liability, and more on AI and intellectual property, a fascinating subject which Matt touches on in this episode.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st March 2021

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University of Law fails to block trade mark in dispute with former student – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 6th, 2020 in intellectual property, legal education, news, trade marks, universities by tracey

‘The University of Law has lost major elements of a trade mark dispute against a start-up that helps teenagers get into law school, after claiming the branding could damage its reputation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th November 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The Supreme Court’s decision in Unwired Planet – what comes next? – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘The UK Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited judgment in Unwired Planet. Its decision has profound implications for patent owners and implementers alike and is likely to lead to heavily contested jurisdictional disputes going forward.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 15th September 2020

Source: competitionbulletin.com