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'MERCK': Still Very Much a Globally Divided Brand
Jun 9, 2016
We previously reported on a case in the Chancery Division of the High Court, in which German company, Merck KGaA, succeeded in a claim of trade mark infringement against US Company...
Fixing Costs in Civil Cases - LJ Jackson Gives His Updated View
Mar 15, 2016
Lord Justice Jackson (Jackson LJ), who readers may be aware was given the task of reviewing costs in civil litigation claims, has recently put forward the idea that fixed costs sho...
Shorter or More Flexible Case Management? You Decide
Mar 1, 2016
Two new schemes namely: Shorter Trial Scheme ("STS") and Flexible Trial Scheme ("FTS") were introduced in 2015, aimed at achieving shorter and earlier trials for business related l...
Part 36 Offers and the 'Near Miss' Rule
Feb 15, 2016
A part 36 offer is, in summary, a tactical step that a party can take in litigation to put pressure on their opponent to settle. If a party makes a part 36 offer and settlement is ...
Report Published on the Future of Civil Courts
Jan 15, 2016
Lord Justice Briggs, a Court of Appeal judge, was commissioned to review and compile a report on the future of the civil Court structure. His interim report was published on 12 Jan...
UK Government Puts the Brake on Plans to Further Court Fee Increase
Dec 22, 2015
We previously reported in March 2015 about an increase in court fees. The fees increased on 9 March 2015 and led to a hike of more than 660% in some cases (unspecified claims). It ...
Freedom of Information and Prince Charles' Insight into Political Affairs
Dec 21, 2015
Earlier this month, four chapters of the Cabinet Office's "precedent book", were released to Republic, a campaign group which campaigns for an elected head of state rather than a m...
Specialist IP Courts in China Celebrate a Successful First Year
Dec 9, 2015
In September 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress gave its approval to the Supreme People's Court (SPC's) plan for an IP-specialised bench, leading to the...
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - PGI and Trademark Oppositions
Oct 29, 2015
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation ("Federation") is a non-profit organisation representing over 500,000 coffee growing families. The Federation filed an application for a Pro...
Priority and OHIM - Tougher Scrutiny Under New Guidelines
Oct 15, 2015
In recent years OHIM relaxed their examination of priority claims but this may be about to change. Under newly constituted 2015 OHIM Guidelines, they have started examining entitle...
Copyright, Settlement and Quantum in the IPEC
Oct 6, 2015
Frequently only the arguments and evidence which lead to the outcome at trial are reported. It is not often possible to look in detail at those cases which settle, because the agre...
Costs for intellectual property rights soar - You need Insurance!
Oct 5, 2015
The Financial Times reported on 27 September 2015 that it seems unfair that it costs somewhat less to launch new projects into space, yet billions are invested in order to protect ...
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