“A law reform body has proposed changes to the law that would make it easier for businesses seeking to protect their trade marks and design rights to make threats of legal action against alleged infringers of their rights without fear that those threats could be the subject of court action.”
OUT-LAW.com, 22nd April 2013
“In a consultation opening today, the Law Commission seeks views on reform of the law relating to groundless threats of litigation over patents, trade marks and design rights.”
Law Commission, 17th April 2013
“When is Greek yoghurt legally Greek yoghurt? That was the question put to Mr Justice Briggs in a major IP battle between the makers of Total Greek Yoghurt, Fage UK, and New York-based Chobani.”
The Lawyer, 3rd April 2013
“The High Court has ordered the UK’s major internet service providers to block three websites offering links to pirated material.”
BBC News, 28th February 2013
“Posting a link to copyrighted content should not be regarded as a communication of that work to the public, a group of leading academics has said.”
OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2013
“Businesses can retain the right to use copyrighted software under sub-licences awarded by head-licensees in circumstances where those head-licensees are subject of a termination or become insolvent, the High Court has said.”
OUT-LAW.com, 15th February 2013
Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations (PDF)
Speech by Mr Justice Arnold
AIPPI UK, 14th February 2013
“The academic who led the most recent official review into the UK’s intellectual
property (IP) framework has questioned whether the Government’s plans to enable
individuals to make private copies of copyrighted material go far enough.”
OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2013
“Businesses will be able to obtain patent protection for their inventions within 90 days of applying for it under plans to change the way the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) works.”
OUT-LAW.com, 18th December 2012
“The Review of Intellectual Property and Growth published by Professor Hargreaves in 2011 recognised the important role the UK’s patent system plays in supporting innovation and economic growth. However, the review highlighted the need for the IP framework to be more adaptable and recognised a need for change in some aspects of the way the IP system operates. Such changes will ensure the IP system continues to encourage innovation and support those UK businesses which recognise the competitive advantage that can be gained through intellectual property (‘IP’) rights.”
Intellectual Property Office, December 2012
“Businesses do not have a general claim of ownership over the content in staff emails, a High Court judge has said.”
OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2012
“Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.”
BBC News, 18th October 2012
“Until now taking legal action against others who copy creative work, brand names and logos or otherwise try to take advantage of someone else’s creativity has been beyond the reach of most people. That changes on Monday when the small claims track becomes available for intellectual property claims in England and Wales.”
The Guardian, 2nd October 2012
The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next? (PDF)
House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, September 2012
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“The Government is to change the law to enable the holders of UK registered designs to recover the profits earned by those who unintentionally innocently infringe on their rights.”
OUT-LAW.com, 14th August 2012
“The Government may have failed to abide by EU copyright laws if volunteer-run libraries are not required to pay authors royalties when they loan out books, the Society of Authors (SoA) has claimed.”
OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2012
“The Government today set out its proposals to enhance the UK designs legal framework to make the system more accessible for businesses.”
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Intellectual Property Office, 24th July 2012
“The design of three versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet device do not infringe on registered design rights belonging to Apple, the UK High Court has ruled.”
OUT-LAW.com, 11th July 2012