IP, IT and Telecoms

2006 was a huge year for IP. Lawyers disputed a wide variety of issues, covering everything from patents to trademarks and copyright.

One of the big events was the Court of Appeal’s discussion of software patents in the Macrossan and Aerotel cases. Although ultimately the case for software patents failed, it was the first time the court’s position on this point had been updated in 10 years.

The growing popularity of sharing sites on the internet, meanwhile, dominated the debate over copyright. Websites YouTube and MySpace were hit by copyright claims in a dispute that could have a ripple effect right across the entertainment industry.

This IP, IT and Telecoms Special Report also examines how to deal with breaches of contract in a bid to quell disputes in the IT industry, which remain a headache for companies and a staple diet for lawyers.