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Vestergaard – creating another buzz

Published on 04 December 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

This long-running case [1] has now reached a finale – a High Court decision on the assessment of damages, handed down in October 2014.

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No loss of confidence – causation in confidential information claims

Published on 07 October 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine [2014] EWHC 2692 (Ch)

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No tax please, we're British – Culture test for video games tax relief comes into force

Published on 29 August 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

On 19 August 2014, regulations to determine a video game as "British" for the purposes of corporation tax relief for video games development came into force.

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Over EUR760 million worth of product seized by EU customs authorities in 2013

Published on 22 August 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

According to the "Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights – Results at the EU border 2013", customs authorities in 2013 opened approximately 87,000 detention cases in respect of 36 million articles, accounting for a domestic retail value of more than €760 million.

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OHIM's position on colour marks is not black and white

Published on 09 June 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Ben Mark, Partner

OHIM has recently updated its 'Manual of Trade Marks Practice' so as to apply the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White Marks (the 'Common Practice').

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Copycat packaging – time for reform?

Published on 02 June 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Ben Mark, Partner

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has opposed the basis of a consultation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on whether to grant a private right of action to businesses that fall victim to copycat packaging.

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Games content rating pricing: TIGA keeps pressure on PEGI

Published on 29 May 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

TIGA, the trade association which represents the UK video game industry, has increased the pressure on PEGI, the European game content rating system, to change its pricing policy.

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No loss of confidence – establishing causation in confidential information claims

Published on 10 February 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Chester Overseas Ltd, Milton Levine and Larry Levine [2014] EWHC 2692 (Ch)

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New Customs Enforcement Regulation

Published on 20 January 2014. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

With effect from 1 January 2014, the new Customs Enforcement Regulation 608/2013 (Regulation) gives customs authorities extended powers to detain counterfeit or pirated goods at the borders of the European Union.

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Trade secrets: proposed European harmonization – an update

Published on 11 December 2013. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

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, Head of IP and Tech

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, Head of IP and Tech

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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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, Head of IP and Tech

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, Head of IP and Tech 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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Copyright Guide 2013

Published on 12 September 2013. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

We are pleased to attach a link to an overview of UK copyright, which we trust will prove a useful reference for any copyright issues that you may face, whether in the context of disputes or commercial matters.

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Rihanna's image protected under the 'umbrella' of passing off

Published on 10 September 2013. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech

The High Court has recently held that the fashion retailer Topshop's unauthorised use of an image of the famous pop star, Rihanna, amounted to passing off.

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Vestergaard – guarding trade secrets

Published on 29 July 2013. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

The Supreme Court has ruled, in the final stage of this case, that an ex-employee could not have misused confidential information if she did not know about (i) the confidential information; and (ii) the fact of its misuse.

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High Court reaffirms no copyright protection for computer program functionality

Published on 30 March 2013. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Ben Mark, Partner

In what should be the final instalment in a long-running case, on January 25 2013 a decision was issued in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd[i] following the referral back to the High Court from the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

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