Patents: does additional matter matter?
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Patents: does additional matter matter?

HHJ Hacon has provided guidance on the impact of adding subject matter to a patent via his judgment in Curt G. Joa, Inc. v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC) (Curt).  In Curt, the patent in suit covered disposable absorbent garments, such as a diaper. By way of background, to obtain a patent, applicants…

Protecting trade marks overseas
201706.07
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Protecting trade marks overseas

Jaya Mandelia and Namrita Kochhar of Indian Law Firm, Singh & Singh, have recently written an article, which can be found here, highlighting the problems being faced by brand owners whose marks are known but not yet registered overseas. The increase in on-line retailing and advertising has resulted in brands gaining international exposure.  Trade mark…

Spotify Settlement Is Music to Artist’s Ears
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Spotify Settlement Is Music to Artist’s Ears

Spotify, the music streaming service, has managed to wriggle its way out of a potentially crippling lawsuit regarding copyright infringement. In 2015, Spotify was sued after musician David Lowery filed a class action lawsuit and singer song-writer Melissa Ferrick also filed a claim that the music streaming service was knowingly infringing on their copyright by…