Opera composer fails in bid to take libel case to European court – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2010 in defamation, human rights, intellectual property, news by sally

“The composer of an opera who was left bankrupt after unsuccessfully suing the London Evening Standard for libel has failed in his bid to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

TV format inventor fails to convince court that BBC stole his idea – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 9th, 2010 in BBC, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

“A man has failed in his attempt to show that his gameshow idea was copied by the BBC. A High Court judge refused to allow a full trial on the claims, calling them ‘simply unreal.’ ”

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th September 2010

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Ralli pursues group action for harassment against London firm – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 3rd, 2010 in class actions, harassment, intellectual property, internet, law firms, news by sally

“National firm Ralli is seeking to pursue a group action for harassment against London firm ACS Law in relation to the handling of file-sharing cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

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File sharers targeted with legal action over music downloads – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2010 in compensation, copyright, intellectual property, news by sally

“Solicitors for dance music label Ministry of Sound have sent letters to thousands of internet users it believes have illegally downloaded music and says it is determined to take them to court – and extract substantial damages – unless they immediately pay compensation, typically around £350.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2010

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Henry beats rival vacuum cleaner in legal battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 28th, 2010 in costs, intellectual property, news by sally

“High Court judge Mr Justice Floyd ruled that a prototype model designed by a competing appliances company could be ‘passed off’ as a Henry machine if it went on the market.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pink Floyd win EMI court battle over online sales – BBC News

Posted March 11th, 2010 in contracts, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

“Pink Floyd have won a court battle with record label EMI over how their music is sold over the internet.”

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BBC News, 11th March 2010

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Legal threat closes postcode feed – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2009 in intellectual property, news by sally

“Websites that help people find jobs or hospitals have been hit by legal action threatened by the Royal Mail.”

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BBC News, 6th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Organist wins battle for recognition for A Whiter Shade of Pale riff – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2009 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by sally

“The musician who wrote the haunting organ riff in A Whiter Shade of Pale, the 1967 hit for Procol Harum that became part of the soundtrack of the last half-century, is entitled to future royalties, the House of Lords ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 30th July 2009

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David Beckham jacket tussle ends with rap on the knuckles for Primark – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2009 in intellectual property, news by sally

“A lot of men may try to emulate fashion icon David Beckham, but the Primark retail chain – nicknamed Primani for its ability to turn out designer fashions at high street prices – has been rapped on the knuckles for doing just that with one of the footballer’s favourite jackets. The Cheltenham–based firm Superdry felt a line had been crossed and accused Primark of copying elements of its signature Brad leather jacket. The two parties have reached an out-of-court financial settlement with Primark also promising not to produce the offending jacket again. Primark declined to comment.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2009

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Artists lobby for royalty rights of the dead – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2008 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by sally

“Artists have unanimously backed a proposal to award resale royalties to artists after their death, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) has said. The art trade has almost unanimously rejected the plan.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2008

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UK-IPO backs international prosecutors’ network – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 21st, 2008 in intellectual property, news, prosecutions by sally

“The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) has given its backing to an international group of prosecutors in a bid to help fight cross-border intellectual property related crime.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th october 2008

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Medical research is ‘hindered by out-of-date laws’ – The Times

Posted July 7th, 2008 in intellectual property, medicines, news by sally

“Research into new medicines is being impaired by intellectual property laws that are no longer suited to modern science, two Nobel laureates declare today in a letter to The Times.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Satyam Computer Services Ltd v Upaid Systems Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted May 27th, 2008 in agreements, intellectual property, interpretation, law reports by sally

Satyam Computer Services Ltd v Upaid Systems Ltd

Court of Appeal

“It would only be through the use of the clearest possible specific language that parties to a settlement would be taken to have excluded fraud-based claims.”

The Times, 27th May 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Victory for witches in £350m shops fight – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 24th, 2007 in intellectual property, internet, news, witchcraft by sally

“A coven of elderly witches has claimed victory in a bizarre battle to have the name of a £350 million shopping centre changed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Is Manchester Cathedral the right place for a moral debate over IP? – The Times

Posted June 15th, 2007 in intellectual property, news by sally

“Faith is the Church of England’s stock in trade. But the C of E’s recourse last week to copyright in its ‘gunfight’ battle with Sony epitomises a particular kind of faith – in the power of intellectual property (IP) laws. Clearly the Church is banking on the law’s capacity to deal with moral or societal issues, at least where a private or institutional interest is directly challenged.”

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The Times, 15th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

IP crimes Directive approved by European Parliament – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 26th, 2007 in EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

“A controversial Directive which criminalises intellectual property violations in Europe was approved yesterday by the European Parliament but does not include its most controversial element, the criminalising of patent infringement.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th April 2007

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Specialist lawyers say tech firms failing on IP – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2007 in intellectual property, news by sally

“In the run-up to World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April, technology law specialists at international law firm Pinsent Masons have warned that UK technology companies do not know how to value their IP and that they are not doing enough to exploit the value of their IP portfolios.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th April 2007

Source: www.out-law.com