Archive for the 'intellectual property' Category

Parliamentary committee suspends intellectual property rights inquiry – OUT-LAW.com

“A parliamentary committee has dropped its inquiry into the Digital Economy Act (DEA) and whether it is the right mechanism to protect copyright on the internet.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

David Cameron warned over IP law change by TV industry – The Guardian

“The UK’s biggest commercial broadcasters have joined forces to warn David Cameron against a wholesale relaxation of intellectual property (IP) laws, saying it could cripple the country’s £4bn audiovisual sector.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High Court extends ability to strip people of right not to self-incriminate – OUT-LAW.com

“People accused of misusing confidential commercial or technical information have lost the right to avoid self-incrimination in court cases, following a High Court ruling.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Gray v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another; Coogan v Same – WLR Daily

Gray v News Group Newspapers Ltd and another; Coogan v Same [2011] EWHC 349 (Ch); [2011] WLR (D) 65

“The words ‘technical or commercial information’ in the definition of ‘intellectual property’ in section 72(5) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, section 72 (1) of which provided for the withdrawal of privilege against self or spousal incrimination in proceedings for, inter alia, infringement of rights pertaining to any intellectual property, meant technical or commercial information which could be protected by action.”

WLR Daily, 28th February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

High Court ruling paves the way for patent attorneys – Law Society’s Gazette

“A High Court ruling has cleared the way for patent attorney litigators to conduct litigation in High Court cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Disputed web pages must be hidden, warns High Court – OUT-LAW.com

“A disgruntled ex-agent must redirect domain names he owns to blank pages rather than to near-copies of the website of a company for which he acted, the High Court has said. The sites broke laws on passing off, the Court said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th December 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

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

“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

“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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

“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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Henry beats rival vacuum cleaner in legal battle – Daily Telegraph

“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

“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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal threat closes postcode feed – BBC News

“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

“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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

“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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

“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


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