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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES INTRODUCED AND PLANNED TO UK IP LEGISLATION

By John Wilks and Charles Harvey UK IP legislation is changing. First, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (which received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013), has just been published, and modifies UK copyright law (though not as drastically as some would have liked). Secondly, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech that it … Continue Reading

IP Alert: TV CATCHUP CAUGHT OUT?

By John Wilks and Catherine Beloff The CJEU has handed down its decision on the copyright questions referred by the UK High Court in the long-running battle between ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and TV Catchup (“TVC”). Copyright owners will be relieved that the CJEU has confirmed that streaming content via the internet constitutes … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Partners with The British Fashion Council to Mentor Up and Coming Designers

The eight recipients of the British Fashion Council’s (“BFC”) NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN, initiative were announced earlier this week. DLA Piper is partnering with the British Fashion Council to provide tailored legal and commercial advice to the designers who have been selected. The aim of the NEWGEN MEN program is to assist emerging designers … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Gathers in Schaumburg for IPT Retreat

This past weekend, over 200 DLA Piper attorneys traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois for the Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Practice Group Conference (“Conference”). The Conference’s theme was “Celebration and Commitment.” This three-day event focused on networking across offices, celebrating the achievements of the IPT practice, and committing to goals to expand and improve the IPT … Continue Reading

Nominet Proposes New “.uk” Domains

By Damian Herrington Nominet, the internet registry responsible for “.uk” domain names, has announced a three month consultation on proposals for new, shorter domain names, backed by enhanced security features. The plan is for shorter “.uk” domains to be offered alongside the existing “.co.uk” suffix used by many UK businesses. Nominet claims the new service … Continue Reading

PARTNER’S PERSPECTIVE: RE: MARQUES, AND THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM OF FINDING INFRINGERS

By John Wilks This year’s conference of Marques, the European brand owners’ association, took place in the European Union’s most troubled and ancient capital, Athens, under the lamentably resonant strapline “Sign of the Times”.  Among the many interesting topics shoe-horned under this banner, one theme seemed to keep resurfacing: the challenge of locating internet infringers. … Continue Reading

ICANN ANNOUNCES “REVEAL DAY” FOR NEW GTLD PROGRAM

By John Wilks and Damian Herrington, DLA Piper UK The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just announced that the target “Reveal Day” for its new generic Top Level Domain (“gTLD”) program – the day when the list of gTLDs that have been applied for is announced – will be 13 June 2012. … Continue Reading

TODAY IS WORLD IP DAY

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry said the day “is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.” WIPO posted a number of suggestions for celebrating World IP Day. This year’s … Continue Reading

UK Government publishes consultation on copyright

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell The consultation following up recommendations in the Hargreaves Review outlines Government plans to improve copyright laws. The consultation, which will run for 14 weeks and conclude on 21 March 2012, is in line with the Government’s “response” to the Hargreaves Review … Continue Reading

UK: High Court rules that Google is not liable in blog defamation case

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell The High Court has ruled that Google did not have “actual knowledge” of defamatory material where complaints were not “sufficiently precise and well substantiated”. On 25 November 2011 the High Court ruled in favour of Google; setting aside an order that … Continue Reading

The Debate for AdWords Ownership in Cyberspace Continues

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Law à la Mode Edition 4 – Winter 2011 By:  Michael K. Barron, Sarah Phillips and Nadea Taylor (Boston and London) “AdWords,” the paid, subscription-based Google referencing service which allows users to advertise their companies alongside Google search results, has recently been the subject of much legal scrutiny.  In late September, the European … Continue Reading

FIRST INSIGHT INTO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL FOR A NEW EU DATA PROTECTION LAW

by Patrick Van Eecke, Cameron Craig and Jim Halpert Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, has announced the long-awaited Proposal for a new Data Protection Regulation.  The Proposal, announced December 6, has now entered into inter-service consultation with other Commission Directorates-General, after which the text will be … Continue Reading

“Just passing through sir or really stopping off?” – the CJEU rules on counterfeit goods in transit

By Siân Croxon, Partner, DLA Piper UK The CJEU has provided some clarification of the law on when EU customs officials can seize counterfeit goods that are merely in transit through the EU.  The story began in 2008 when a consignment of Nokia branded mobile phones arrived in Heathrow in transit from China to Colombia.  The … Continue Reading

UK signs agreement on intellectual property and growth with Brazil

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera English channel (“Al Jazeera”) for its broadcast of “The Palestine Papers” after a complaint of unfair treatment by the Chief Negotiator of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (“PLO”). “The Palestine Papers”, a four-part documentary series broadcast on … Continue Reading

BT requested to block The Pirate Bay website

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera English channel (“Al Jazeera”) for its broadcast of “The Palestine Papers” after a complaint of unfair treatment by the Chief Negotiator of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (“PLO”). “The Palestine Papers”, a four-part documentary series broadcast on … Continue Reading

NEW CONSUMER RIGHTS DIRECTIVE: 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR ONLINE RETAILERS

Reprinted from La A La Mode, DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design E-zine by Jean-Louis Kerrels and Julie De Bruyn (Brussels) On June 23, the European Parliament adopted the Consumer Rights Directive.* Among the changes is a 14 day EU-wide right for consumers to change their mind about their online purchases, as well as new information … Continue Reading

UK signs agreement on intellectual property and growth with Mexico

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell The UK Intellectual Property Office (“IPO”) has signed a landmark agreement with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (“IMPI”) to improve cooperation between the two nations on issues of copyright, patents, trade marks and designs.   The agreement aims to support … Continue Reading

Libel reform committee proposes sweeping changes to the UK’s libel laws

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell A Joint Committee of MPs and peers from the House of Commons and House of Lords (“the Committee”) has issued a report on the Draft Defamation Bill (“the Bill”), approving many of the Government’s proposals but also recommending further changes that … Continue Reading

BT and TalkTalk granted leave to appeal Digital Economy Act decision

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) BT and TalkTalk have been granted permission to appeal against the High Court’s April 2011 ruling in their judicial review proceedings in relation to the Digital Economy Act. The Digital Economy Act (“the Act”) was passed by … Continue Reading

“Goo Goo” and “Gaga”

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell Ate My Heart Inc v (1) Mind Candy Ltd (2) Moshi Music Ltd (2011) – interim junction granted against online children’s game company and its subsidiary The High Court has granted an interim injunction preventing the promotion of an animated character … Continue Reading

IPO signs copyright agreement with Nigerian counterparts

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell The Intellectual Property Office has signed a landmark copyright agreement with its counterparts in Nigeria in an attempt to improve international cooperation on copyright issues between the two nations.… Continue Reading

Performing artists to benefit from copyright extension to 70 years

Reposted from DLA Piper’s Media & Sport Group Bulletin Editorial Team: Nick Fitzpatrick, Duncan Calow and Patrick Mitchell EU ministers have adopted a Directive extending the term of protection for performers’ copyright from 50 to 70 years. The Directive, adopted at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on 12 September 2011, amends Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of … Continue Reading
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