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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...
3D Printing and IP Rights
Apr 22, 2015
Use of 3D printing technology is not yet commonplace. However, we are starting to reach a point where private individuals and businesses are seriously thinking about what 3D print...
Illegal Downloads and Film Piracy - Dallas Buyers (or rather not to buy) Club
Apr 15, 2015
All too often film viewers avoid paying for films and download what they want to watch, when they want to watch it, in contravention of the law. A recent landmark Australian decis...
Emsibeth's Trade Mark Opposition appeal dismissed by the General Court
Apr 14, 2015
A recent decision in the General Court of the European Union (Seventh Chamber) (the "General Court") dismissed an appeal brought against the decision of the Board of Appeal by the ...
Unauthorised Streaming of TV Programmes Online a Breach of Copyright
Apr 13, 2015
The European Court of Justice has been asked to consider whether the EU Copyright Rules should be changed in order to prevent public service broadcasters from re-transmitting TV pr...
Apple Smart Watch – TM 'Issues' Set to Delay Launch in Switzerland
Apr 9, 2015
The new Apple smart watch is due to be released in 9 countries on 24 April 2015. However, the release of the watch in Switzerland has reportedly been delayed due to an earlier file...
IPEC Small Claims - Piercing the Corporate Veil and Benefits of Use to 'Small-time' Creatives
Apr 8, 2015
Two directors have been held personally liable along with a dissolved limited company in respect of copyright infringement. In the recent case of IP14S01982 Webb v (1) VA Events L...
Assos told to get on its bike by the Court of Appeal
Apr 7, 2015
The Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision in the matter between Roger Maier and Assos of Switzerland SA v ASOS plc and ASOS.com Limited at  EWCA Civ 220 in which it...
EU General Court - No likelihood of confusion between FSA-K-FORCE and FORCE-X
Apr 2, 2015
An action was brought against the second board of appeal of OHIM and their decision to invalidate the mark FSA-K-FORCE. Background FSA Srl successfully registered the mark FSA K-...
IP Litigation in Europe - Action Before Courts and Rights-Granting Offices
Apr 1, 2015
Which court or body a person chooses to bring a claim in can have a serious impact on the way the claim is managed, how much it might cost and the remedy/outcome. This article con...
Scramble and Scrabble: The Court of Appeal's Judgment
Mar 31, 2015
The value of the word 'Appeal' may not be worthy of boast in a game of Scrabble, however, the Court of Appeal recently played a game changing move in the judgment between JW Spear ...
Google Loses Appeal Against Decision to Allow Consumers the Right to Sue Over Misuse of Privacy Settings
Mar 30, 2015
Google has lost its appeal to have an earlier High Court ruling set aside. A group of internet privacy activists previously alleged that Google had violated privacy settings and ha...
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