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You've been framed - High Court issues ISP blocking order

Published on 07 January 2014. By Paul Joseph, Partner and Adam Cusworth, Associate

The UK High Court has once again shown its support for copyright holders, granting six major film companies blocking orders under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 against the UK's six main internet service providers ...

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Harmonisation of EU copyright: the Commission consults

Published on 07 January 2014. By Paul Joseph, Partner and Henry Priestley, Senior Associate

The European Commission (the "Commission") is set to complete its review of copyright law in the EU by spring 2014.

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Trade secrets: proposed European harmonization – an update

Published on 11 December 2013. By David Cran, Partner

Following a study on trade secrets and confidential information in the internal market ...

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No copyright in software functionality – SAS v WPL, the final chapter

Published on 02 December 2013. By David Cran, Partner and Adam Cusworth, Associate

The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the lengthy SAS Institute Inc. v World

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Banks beware: IP rights may trump customer confidentiality

Published on 27 November 2013. By David Cran, Partner

The German Supreme Court has recently asked the Court of Justice of the European (CJEU) whether a bank can refuse to disclose confidential information about one of its customers to a third party who alleges that the customer is using the bank's services to sell counterfeit products and infringe the third party's trade marks.

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Mattel Left Scrambled without any Friends in the Court

Published on 25 November 2013. By Paul Joseph, Partner and Ben Mark, Legal Director

Following a recent defeat in the Court of Appeal in relation to the validity of its three-dimensional tile mark (J W Spear & Son Ltd, Mattel Inc. and Mattel UK Ltd v Zynga Inc [2013] EWCA Civ 1175) ...

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Groundless Threats: Time for Reform?

Published on 14 November 2013. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Georgia Davis, Legal Director

Current IP legislation provides for protection against groundless threats in respect of IP infringement being brought by a rights holder against a competitor.

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A Wii forward, not a load of DS: anti-copyright measures and proportionality in the Copyright Directive

Published on 01 November 2013. By David Cran, Partner and Adam Cusworth, Associate

On 19 September 2013, Advocate General Sharpston gave an Opinion on questions referred to the Court of Justice of the European by the Tribunale de Milano (Italy) (Case C-355/12 Nintendo Co Ltd v PC Box Srl).

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Trade Secrets – A Unified European Regime?

Published on 21 October 2013. By David Cran, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

Earlier this year, a study was prepared for the European Commission relating to the treatment of Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information within the internal market.

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Trade Mark Protection: Court of Appeal says distinctiveness is not enough

Published on 15 October 2013. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Ciara Cullen, Partner

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales recently handed down its much anticipated ruling in Cadbury's long-drawn-out battle to maintain its UK trade mark registration for the colour purple.

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