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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...
UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against 'Copycat Packaging'
Nov 25, 2015
After a year-long consultation, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ("BIS") has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunction...
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 ...
Reforms streamline enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
Aug 5, 2015
A government commissioned report has revealed a sharp increase in the number of infringement claims made in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ("IPEC"), (formerly known as ...
The UK Copyright Hub – what's that then?
Jul 31, 2015
What is it? The Copyright Hub is an online database providing users with information about the author, origin, and cost of licensing a particular copyright work. Information is st...
Significant Changes in Business Law - Are you Compliant?
Jul 29, 2015
New laws enacted but yet to be fully implemented will materially reform UK company law. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("SBEE") will introduce various refo...
Court Fees Set to Increase Again?
Jul 23, 2015
The Government, via the Ministry of Justice ("MoJ"), has opened a consultation proposing significant increases in court fees. The proposal comes less than four months after the las...
Court Quashes Private Copying Exception
Jul 22, 2015
The UK Government will have to review its decision to permit private copying for personal use after the High Court in London quashed the The Copyright and Rights in Performances (P...
Is Time Running Out for Serious Online Copyright Infringers?
Jul 21, 2015
The aphorism that the "wheels of justice turn slow but grind exceedingly fine" is well suited to the recent decision by the Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") on a consultation t...
Kris Jenner Applies to Trademark the Word 'Momager'
May 29, 2015
Kris Jenner, the former wife of Bruce Jenner and head of the Kardashian family, has filed legal documents to trademark the term "momager", a reference to mothers managing their chi...
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...
World IP Day 2015 - It's All About the Music
Apr 23, 2015
The official theme for the day which is held on 26 April every year is "Get up. Stand up. For music" referencing the classic Bob Marley track which is an inspiration to human right...
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