End of an ERRA: Government Revokes Repeal of 25 year Limit of Copyright Protection
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End of an ERRA: Government Revokes Repeal of 25 year Limit of Copyright Protection

On 20 July 2015, Baronness Neville-Rolfe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills signed off on Statutory Instrument 2015 No. 1558: “The Secretary of State in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 100 and 103(3) and (4) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013(1), makes the following Order: The Enterprise…

‘HOT’ Stuff – Descriptive and Laudatory Trademarks v Fair Trade
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‘HOT’ Stuff – Descriptive and Laudatory Trademarks v Fair Trade

Can descriptive or laudatory marks be protected as trademarks?  In a recent development, Case T-611/13 Australian Gold LLC Management & Holding GmbH, (“Australian Gold”) seems to have provided both clarity and uncertainty in this ever-evolving area of law. General Rule The general rule is that descriptive marks cannot be registered as trademarks on the basis…

Court Fees Set to Increase Again?
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Court Fees Set to Increase Again?

The Government, via the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”), has opened a consultation proposing significant increases in court fees. The proposal comes less than four months after the last round of fee increases for civil claims. As we reported on 4 March 2015 – Court Fee Increase to Take Effect on Monday 9 March, the previous…

Is Time Running Out for Serious Online Copyright Infringers?
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Is Time Running Out for Serious Online Copyright Infringers?

The aphorism that the “wheels of justice turn slow but grind exceedingly fine” is well suited to the recent decision by the Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) on a consultation to match the custodial sentence of online copyright infringement to that of a physical copyright infringement, currently set at 10 years. The IPO consultation, coming 9…