US Construction Machinery Manufacturer Caterpillar Bulldozed in Legal Battle
201512.23
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US Construction Machinery Manufacturer Caterpillar Bulldozed in Legal Battle

In a recent US (Illinois, Northern District) case Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6million (approximately £50million) in exemplary damages in a fierce lawsuit by a former supplier that accused the equipment manufacturer of misappropriating its trade secrets. Miller UK Ltd., a small family-run company based in Cramlington, won the damages following…

Businesses Given Breathing Space to Comply with Online Dispute Resolution
201512.18
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Businesses Given Breathing Space to Comply with Online Dispute Resolution

The purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 is to provide consumers with information about providers of alternative dispute resolution in the event that a complaint cannot be resolved informally between a trader and consumer. The regulations apply to traders offering goods and services as well as…

201512.16
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Barcelona FC Trademark Given Red Card by EU Court

In Case T-615/14, the European Union Court has rejected an attempt by Spanish football giant Barcelona FC to register the outline of its club crest as a European trade mark. This brings to an end the Catalan giants’ long-running attempt to refine the distinctiveness of its highly lucrative brand. Background Barcelona had tried to register…

Copyright: Ownership and Assignment, and Henry Hadaway
201512.11
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Copyright: Ownership and Assignment, and Henry Hadaway

A recent case involving a copyright ownership dispute in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court exemplifies the importance of having clear intellectual property ownership provisions in agreements and contracts. If a dispute arises and the legal owner cannot be traced a very expensive legal battle may ensue. The Judgment can be found here. A number of…