Law Commission proposes changes to ‘groundless threats’ IP laws –

“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.”

Full story, 22nd April 2013


Patents, trade marks and design rights: are groundless threats of infringement causing problems? – Law Commission

Posted April 17th, 2013 in competition, consultations, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by sally

“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.”

Full story

Law Commission, 17th April 2013


High Court smoothes out Greek yoghurt food fight – The Lawyer

“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.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 3rd April 2013


Schutz (UK) Limited (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant); Schutz (UK) Limited No 2 (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant) – Supreme Court

Posted March 13th, 2013 in intellectual property, inventions, law reports, patents by sally

Schutz (UK) Limited (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant); Schutz (UK) Limited No 2 (Respondent) v Werit (UK) Limited (Appellant) [2013] UKSC 16 | UKSC 2011/0159 & UKSC 2011/0266 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 13th March 2013


Court orders UK ISPs to block more piracy sites – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2013 in artistic works, copyright, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

“The High Court has ordered the UK’s major internet service providers to block three websites offering links to pirated material.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th February 2013


Hyperlinking should not infringe copyright, say academics –

Posted February 19th, 2013 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

“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.”

Full story, 19th February 2013


Insolvency of software sub-licensor did not end firm’s rights of use under that licence, rules High Court –

Posted February 18th, 2013 in company law, copyright, insolvency, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

“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.”

Full story, 15th February 2013


Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations – Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

Posted February 14th, 2013 in case management, costs, courts, intellectual property, news, patents, speeches by sally

Intellectual Property Litigation: Implementation of the Jackson Report’s Recommendations (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Arnold

AIPPI UK, 14th February 2013


Hargreaves supportive of Government copyright reforms but questions limitations to private copying exception –

Posted February 4th, 2013 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, news by tracey

“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.”

Full story, 1st February 2013


IPO to launch ‘premium’ service for processing of patent applications –

Posted December 18th, 2012 in intellectual property, news, patents by sally

“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.”

Full story, 18th December 2012


Consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977 – Intellectual Property Office

Posted December 12th, 2012 in consultations, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

“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.”

Consultation (PDF)

Intellectual Property Office, December 2012


Content of emails should generally not be considered as property, rules High Court –

Posted November 9th, 2012 in confidentiality, disclosure, electronic mail, intellectual property, news by tracey

“Businesses do not have a general claim of ownership over the content in staff emails, a High Court judge has said.”

Full story, 8th November 2012


Apple loses UK tablet design appeal versus Samsung – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2012 in appeals, intellectual property, news by sally

“Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling that Samsung had not infringed its design rights.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th October 2012


Protecting creativity: new small claims track for IP cases – The Guardian

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, small claims, trade marks by sally

“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.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd October 2012


The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next? – House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

Posted September 19th, 2012 in copyright, intellectual property, news, reports by sally

The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next? (PDF)

House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, September 2012


Bundled Feeds: Intellectual Property

Posted September 5th, 2012 in intellectual property, news by sally

All of the posts on the Current Awareness blog are indexed using a controlled vocabulary.

This means that users are able to filter what they receive by subscribing to individual category feeds. A full list of category feeds can be found here.

Since category feeds are designed to be quite specific we have decided to introduce bundled groups of feeds under broader subject areas.

We are treating this as an ongoing project and will be adding more groups of bundled feeds in the future.

More information can be found on the Bundled Feeds page.

Intellectual Property

The latest bundle we have put together is for Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property RSS.

Intellectual Property Email.

Unintentional innocent infringers of UK design rights will be required to repay profits to rights holders, Government says –

Posted August 15th, 2012 in Community designs, enforcement, intellectual property, news by sally

“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.”

Full story, 14th August 2012


Government may be in breach of EU copyright laws over volunteer-run libraries’ royalty payment commitments, authors’ body claims –

Posted July 25th, 2012 in copyright, EC law, intellectual property, libraries, news, publishing, volunteers by tracey

“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.”

Full story, 24th July 2012


Government launches consultation on the designs legal framework – Intellectual Property Office

Posted July 25th, 2012 in company law, enforcement, intellectual property, press releases by tracey

“The Government today set out its proposals to enhance the UK designs legal framework to make the system more accessible for businesses.”

Full press release

Intellectual Property Office, 24th July 2012


Apple’s ‘cool’ design not infringed by Samsung tablet computers, High Court rules –

Posted July 11th, 2012 in Community designs, intellectual property, news by tracey

“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.”

Full story, 11th July 2012