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Top jeans brand 7 For All Mankind could lose right to branded accessories over distinctiveness of “seven”

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

In Seven SpA v OHIM T-17610 6 October 2011 (unreported) the General Court annulled decision of the Board of Appeal of the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) that rejected an opposition against the mark SEVEN FOR ALL MANKIND on the basis that the Board had erred in finding that there was no similarity between that mark and earlier composite marks featuring predominantly the word “seven”

CJEU rules on copyright protection of photographic portraits

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • February 29 2012

In Case C-14510 Eva-Maria Painer v Standard Verlags GmbH 1 December 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that portrait photographs enjoy the same copyright protection as any other work

UK Patents County Court finds copyright subsists in digitally manipulated photograph

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • February 29 2012

In Temple Island Collections Ltd v New English Teas Ltd 2012 EWPCC 1 (12 January 2012), Judge Birss QC found that an image belonging to New English Teas infringed the copyright subsisting in a digitally manipulated photograph of a London scene created by Temple Island Collections

Is a trade mark infringed by failure to identify the repackager of a parallel import?

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

In Orifarm AS and Paranova Danmark AS v Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp joined cases C-40009 and C-20710 28 July 2011 (unreported), the Supreme Court in Denmark sought clarification as to the applicability of the exhaustion of rights principle in relation to parallel imports

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

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • 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

High burden of proof where concerted copying is alleged

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

In Pro-Tec Covers Ltd v Specialised Covers Ltd 2011 EWPCC 23, Richard Meade QC, sitting in the Patents County Court, has provided a detailed judgment on an unregistered design right infringement dispute, in which Pro-Tec had alleged that Specialised had undertaken “a concerted campaign of copying by at least four people, followed by a concerted campaign of lying about it and covering it up”

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

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

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
  • -
  • 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

Registrability of marks containing geographical indications of origin

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union, Finland
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  • November 3 2011

“Cognac” as a geographical indication (GI) cannot be used in a trade mark of a spirit drink not covered by that GI, as the commercial use of such a mark would harm the protected indication

Nominet proposes changes to UK generic top level domain name registration rules

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • United Kingdom
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  • February 29 2012

Nominet, which runs one of the world’s largest internet registries and manages over nine million domain names, has proposed changing the rules of domain name registration for .ltd.uk, and .plc.uk domains to ensure that each company is entitled to a unique domain name