Online Software Pirate “Off The Hook” Following Copyright Infringement
201511.30
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Online Software Pirate “Off The Hook” Following Copyright Infringement

In a recent case an online software pirate settled claims against him on unusual out of court terms with a number of jointly represented leading software companies, including Microsoft and Sony Music, whose software he had pirated and made available for free online. Thirty-year-old Czech National ‘Jakub F’ was given a three-year suspended sentence for…

Scots’ “Port Charlotte” Trademark for Whisky Declared Invalid due to Portuguese Port Wine Geographical Indication
201511.27
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Scots’ “Port Charlotte” Trademark for Whisky Declared Invalid due to Portuguese Port Wine Geographical Indication

Geographical Indications (GIs) can mean wide-ranging restrictions on applications for trade marks of any likeness to them. GIs are defined in TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) as “indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a Member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given…

201511.26
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H&M Loses In Bust-up Over Bra Patent

The clothing chain H&M face a multimillion pound pay out having lost a patent dispute with Stretchline Holdings. The judgment was handed down at the High Court on 20 November 2015. Background In 2003 Stretchline acquired patented new bra technology to stop underwire from perforating its wire casing. The technology was protected by patents and…

UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against ‘Copycat Packaging’
201511.25
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UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against ‘Copycat Packaging’

After a year-long consultation, the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (“BIS”) has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunctions against ‘copycat packaging’, or preventing rivals copying the designs of their product packaging. BIS Review and Report In their report of October 2015 (“Report”), BIS said the granting…

Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights
201511.23
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Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights

In a recent mock trial event hosted in a museum in Milan, Judges held that a superstar chef’s “Riso, oro e Zafferano” (rice, gold and saffron) was protected by various forms of intellectual property rights. Whilst not a reflection of current law, this event was an interesting means by which to test the law relating to…