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Interpreting patent claims and the meaning of ‘dry fryer’ weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

The High Court case of Jarden Solutions (Europe) Ltd v SEB SA concerned a dispute about deep fat fryers.

Colour contrasts and surface decoration in registered designs weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

In order to be capable of registration under the Community Designs Regulation, a design must be ‘new’ and have ‘individual character’.

How to protect an image weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

There is no free-standing general concept of ‘image rights’ protecting against the reproduction of a person’s image. However, there are other ways in which an image can be protected.

Brands Update — April 2014: losing a grip on trademark protection for knife handles download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

When considering whether a sign ‘consists exclusively of the shape of goods that is necessary to obtain a technical result’, the court is not confined to looking at the sign as filed.

Brands Update — April 2014: getting to the meat of the matter (and the game and poultry) download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

Iceland Foods applied to register in the UK the trademark ICELAND (both figurative and word marks) for fish, meat, game and poultry.

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Parting shot from OFT regarding supply of ICT to the public sector weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

ICT suppliers and their public sector customers both need to take action following the publication of the results of the OFT’s market study into the sector. 

Trademark dispute: Lush result… for Lush download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

Lush made a conscious decision to prevent its products from being available for sale on the Amazon retail website, as it was critical of Amazon’s business ethics.

Hackers steal Staysure customer card details download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

Travel insurance company Staysure has told 93,000 of its customers that their credit card details may have been stolen by hackers. 

£185,000 penalty after filing cabinet sold at auction download subscription

Penningtons Manches 16-Apr-2014

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice has been fined £185,000 after the Compensation Agency auctioned off a filing cabinet containing the information of victims of terrorist attacks. 

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Dare to share? Proposed new directive should help protect your confidential information when doing business in Europe download subscription

Bristows 17-Apr-2014

The European Commission’s new directive should help businesses to stop others from obtaining, disclosing or using their trade secrets in the EU without their permission.

Norwich Pharmacal relief — obtaining information relating to a BVI company from its registered agent download subscription

Mourant Ozannes 17-Apr-2014

This briefing note deals with the circumstances in which and methods by which non-public information about a BVI company can be obtained by a third party.

Quarterly Board Update — tax developments in Q3 download subscription

Minter Ellison 16-Apr-2014

Minter Ellison has created a quarterly update to discuss the tax issues that you may wish to raise with your board during each reporting period, starting with Q3.

Minter Ellison submission to the Financial System Inquiry download subscription

Minter Ellison 16-Apr-2014

We welcome the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) and the opportunity to offer detailed insights and recommendations to the inquiry via this written submission.

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Brands Update — March 2014: the Board of Appeal likes Parobook’s status download subscription

Taylor Wessing 21-Mar-2014

Facebook has had mixed fortunes in its opposition to a CTM that it perceived to be similar to its own name.

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Brands Update — April 2014: losing a grip on trademark protection for knife handles download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

When considering whether a sign ‘consists exclusively of the shape of goods that is necessary to obtain a technical result’, the court is not confined to looking at the sign as filed.

Brands Update — April 2014: getting to the meat of the matter (and the game and poultry) download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

Iceland Foods applied to register in the UK the trademark ICELAND (both figurative and word marks) for fish, meat, game and poultry.

Brands Update — April 2014: German Federal Court of Justice — ‘OTTO CAP’ download subscription

Taylor Wessing 17-Apr-2014

The German Federal Court of Justice has found that a party does not need to intend to take unfair advantage of the distinctiveness of a mark without due cause.

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Proposed changes to tax reliefs for television programmes and video games download subscription

Eversheds 17-Apr-2014

The chancellor has proposed changes to tax reliefs for television programmes and video games that were introduced by the Finance Act 2013.

Ofcom consults on draft regulations that would permit 3G/4G phone use on aircraft download subscription

Eversheds 17-Apr-2014

Ofcom has consulted on regulations that would permit the use of 3G and 4G technologies on aircraft.

VAT reforms may result in higher costs for SMEs download subscription

IBB Solicitors 15-Apr-2014

From 2015, companies selling electronic services such as music downloads, books, apps and games will have to charge VAT on the basis of where the customer is resident.

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Parting shot from OFT regarding supply of ICT to the public sector weblink subscription

Walker Morris 17-Apr-2014

ICT suppliers and their public sector customers both need to take action following the publication of the results of the OFT’s market study into the sector. 

Improvements proposed to regulations governing petitions to the California State Water Resources Control Board download subscription

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 17-Apr-2014

Although the process is straightforward, the demands on the State Water Resources Control Board’s limited resources have turned the petition process into a black hole.

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    Patent by numbers

    A single patent court system for Europe and the high-profile ‘phone wars’ are putting IP at the heart of clients’ business strategies

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    Paper clipped

    New EU rules and lawyers’ increased comfort with digital formats are sparking a sea-change in the way law firms manage their documents

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    Faulty powers

    Fighting online piracy has been a hot issue for several years. Do we need a new Copyright Act? Four leading in-house lawyers have their say

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    Profession blows hot and cold over plan for digital copyright exchange

    Proposals to introduce a digital copyright exchange may be wishful thinking and could create a two-tier ­system of IP protection, according to sector experts.

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    Unified vision

    The fate of the recent Johnson & Johnson contact lens action shows why the pace of movement towards a centralised EU patent system is quickening, says Douglas Campbell

  • E-war and peace

    Digital books are finally making their mark, and a happy ending to the long IP tussle between authors and traditional publishers may just be in sight

  • Peter Mandleson

    Wire guard

    Illegal downloading of copyrighted material is now being tackled by the Government with a new bill. Hamish Porter takes a look at what it contains

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    Latent patent

    A viable Europe-wide patent system has caused legislators not a little consternation over the years. Benoît Strowel examines the history behind the concept