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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...
Design Opinion Service to be Introduced
Mar 26, 2015
A new design opinion service is set to be introduced by the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The purpose of the service is to provide advice on potential design disputes. ...
Termination by Email? - Check the Contractual Provisions
Mar 25, 2015
Ticket2Final v Wigan Athletic AFC highlights the need for parties to a contract to comply fully with any formal notice provisions in the contract when they seek to terminate it. It...
SmartWater Trade Mark Revoked for Lack of Genuine Use
Mar 24, 2015
A recent decision by the General Court of the European Union (Seventh Chamber) ("General Court") in Case T-250/13 Naazneen Investments Ltd v OHIM, Energy Brands Inc. intervening ha...
Manchester Building Society Sues Grant Thornton for £49m
Mar 18, 2015
The accountants are accused of negligence over their auditing of the building society's accounts between 2006 and 2013. "The claim primarily covers Grant Thornton's advice and aud...
New Copyright Protection Term for Industrially Manufactured Artistic Works
Mar 5, 2015
It has been announced that a new law is set to be introduced in April 2020 to allow designers of artistic work which is industrially manufactured to extend the term of copyright pr...
Court Fees Increase - To Take Effect on Monday 9 March
Mar 4, 2015
We have previously reported on the proposed increase in court fees and the opposition to the increase in such fees from various parties including The Forum of Insurance Lawyers, a ...
Cyber Attack Protest Against Lenovo and Superfish
Mar 2, 2015
On 20 February 2015, we reported on the PC maker Lenovo pre-installing Superfish Adware (a programme that injects third-party ads on Google searches and websites without the user's...
Lenovo facing questions about the Superfish adware
Feb 20, 2015
The Superfish adware was automatically installed on a number of Lenovo's laptops until January 2015. The software injects third-party ads on Google searches and websites without th...
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