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Privilege against self-incrimination and the scope of the intellectual property exception

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • March 30 2012

In Stephen John Coogan v News Group Newspapers Ltd 2012 EWCA Civ 48 the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld orders from the High Court of England and Wales requiring the private investigator for the former News of the World newspaper, Mr Mulcaire, to provide information regarding his phone hacking activities, despite Mr Mulcaire’s argument that to do so would infringe his privilege against self-incrimination

The “innocent” copying defence: only applicable to works out of copyright

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • March 30 2012

In David Hoffman v Drug Abuse Resistance Education (UK) Ltd 2012 EWPCC 2, the Patents County Court of England and Wales assessed the use of the “innocent copying” defence under Section 97 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988

General Court upholds OHIM refusal of CTM application for shape of loudspeaker

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 29 2011

In Bang & Olufsen AS v OHIM T-50808 6 October 2011 (unreported), the General Court upheld a decision by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) refusing Bang & Olufsen’s Community trade mark (CTM) application for the shape of a loudspeaker, on the grounds that the mark consisted exclusively of the shape, which gave substantial value to the goods

CJEU considers effect of honest concurrent use in Budweiser reference

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • November 3 2011

In Budějovický Budvar, národní podnik v Anheuser-Busch, Inc, C- 48209 (22 September 2011), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that both Anheuser-Busch and Budvar can continue to use the BUDWEISER trade mark in the United kingdom as there had been a long period of honest concurrent use

Jurisdiction to award damages for online infringement of “personality rights” clarified

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 29 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that victims of infringements of “personality rights” by means of the internet can chose to bring actions before the courts of the Member State in which they reside in respect of all the damage caused

Unilever plc v Ian Alexander Shanks: calculating employee compensation

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • United Kingdom
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  • January 25 2011

Professor Shanks made an invention patented by his employer, Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd (CRL

Eminence Property Developments Ltd v Kevin Heaney: “ a mere honest misapprehension will not justify a charge of repudiation"

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • January 25 2011

A mistake in calculating the number of days (counting "days" rather than "working" days) in a contract's completion timing led to a dispute (Eminence Property Developments Ltd v Kevin Heaney 2010 EWCA Civ 1168) as to whether it had been repudiated properly and thus terminated validly

Foreign companies need actual customers in the United Kingdom to establish passing off

  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • -
  • United Kingdom
  • -
  • November 29 2011

In Plentyoffish Media Inc v Plenty More LLP 2011 EWHC 2568 (Ch), the High Court of England and Wales has held that a foreign company’s reputation in the United Kingdom does not equate to goodwill in the United Kingdom and that actual customers are needed to bring an action in passing off

Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Amendment): PPL licence exemptions abolished

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • January 25 2011

The Copyright Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) 1988 (Amendment) Regulations 20102694 has abolished, as of 1 January 2011, exemptions in the CDPA that allowed charitable and not-for-profit organisations to play recorded or broadcast music in public without obtaining a PPL licence

Sui generis database rights and what constitutes a substantial part

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • November 3 2011

In Beechwood House Publishing v Guardian Products Ltd 2011 EWPCC 22, the Claimant’s database right was found to have been infringed when the Defendants extracted 6,000 records from the Claimant’s database of 43,000 records