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The courts have decided a number of high-profile cases this summer in which retailers have been involved in intellectual property disputes.
Walker Morris has appointed Rupert Bent as a partner and head of intellectual property (IP). Bent was previously head of IP litigation at Pinsent Masons.
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Last year Brighton and Hove Council agreed to pay the Copyright Licensing Agency an undisclosed sum in respect of retrospective licence fees and legal costs.
The government has been consulting on broadening the scope of the Bolar exemption.
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In a case before the General Court, Simca Europe had obtained registration of the work mark SIMCA as a Community trademark for goods in Class 12.
Discount grocer Aldi has been in the news in the last month with two unrelated cases concerning different intellectual property rights.
The case upon which the advocate-general delivered his opinion concerns Johan Deckmyn of the right-wing Vlaams Belang political party.
The anthemic Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin, appears to be heading for the courts.
In BIMBO SA v OHIM, BIMBO SA applied to register BIMBO DOUGHNUTS as a Community trademark. That application was opposed by Panrico SA.
The Lush v Amazon dispute, continued download
Following the High Court ruling, Lush and Amazon attempted — and failed — to reach an agreement as to the form of the court order.
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The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of HHJ Birss QC in the Patents County Court (now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) finding that the appellant’s patent.
The phrase ‘groundless threats’ refers to provisions in UK legislation that were originally introduced to provide a level of protection against threats of patent infringement.
Trade secret protection varies across EU member states, with some member states notably offering little by way of protection.
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Any sign that can be represented graphically and that is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one undertaking from those of another is prima facie registrable as a trademark.
In December 2012, the Regional Court of Cologne ruled that Lindt’s chocolate bear infringed Haribo’s GOLDBÄREN (‘Gold Bear’) word marks.
Fan accounts also proliferate on Twitter. It is perhaps unsurprising that a parody and/or fan account would end up the subject of litigation.
Walker Morris has been appointed to the Legal Service Panel for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) following a successful tender.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
Walker Morris has announced the internal appointment of six directors and 15 associates in a number of key growth areas.
Unregistered Community design right comes into existence automatically by the fact of making products incorporating the design in question available to the public in the EU.