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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Filesharing - Responsibility and Calculation of Damages
Jun 15, 2015
How damages are calculated in filesharing cases has proved to be very difficult and controversial. Some guidance on this has been given recently by the Bundesgerichtshof, the Germ...
SME's Struggling to Protect their Intellectual Property
Jun 5, 2015
Recent research suggests that Small and Medium Enterprise's ("SME's") are struggling to protect their ideas and intellectual property ("IP"). The research undertaken by the Federa...
Is This Art? - Instagram, Copyright and Unauthorised Use of Photographs
Jun 4, 2015
Artist Richard Prince has opened an exhibition named "New Portraits" in an art gallery in the US. The art works displayed are re- photographed Instagram images taken from the artis...
Journals, 'Spiders' and HRH Prince Charles - relevance to copyright?
May 27, 2015
In 2006 HRH the Prince of Wales successfully sued Associated Newspapers for breach of confidence and infringement of copyright after the Mail on Sunday published extracts from his ...
Handbags at Dawn - Gucci Owner Sues Alibaba
May 20, 2015
The leading online marketplace Alibaba is being sued by the owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and various other leading fashion brands, Kering following a failed attempt to ...
Beastie Boys 'Monster' Taming Continues
May 19, 2015
Following the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's award of damages to the Beastie Boys of a reported USD1.7 million dollars against Monster Energy ...
Berries and Blossom: Overlap between copyright and design right
May 18, 2015
Intellectual property law has long since recognised the overlap between copyright and design right. The Registered Designs Act 1949 was intended to create a separate system for pr...
TVCatchup Repeat: Court of Appeal Sends Referral to the ECJ
May 13, 2015
The Court of Appeal has decided to send a second reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in order to rule on the defence in section 73 of the Copyright, Desi...
European Commission to Harmonise Copyright Laws in Digital Single Market
May 11, 2015
In July 2014, the now President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, talked about the need for a connected Digital Single Market. In an extract from the Political Guidelines...
Bruno Mars bridges The Gap by Crediting Band Members to his "Uptown Funk!" Song
May 5, 2015
Following the verdict in the "Blurred lines" in the matter of copyright infringement of the estate of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke (a case which we have p...
Licensing and Use of Orphan Works
Apr 29, 2015
There has been a lot of discussion and media attention, some of which has been sensationalist and often misleading (read headlines such as, "social media users lose ownership of th...
IP Ownership - Student Works and University Policies - Fair for All?
Apr 28, 2015
Barring the most astute and commercially aware, many students, when signing up to a university or college course would not have given much thought as to the ownership of their inte...
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