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Unilever plc v Ian Alexander Shanks: calculating employee compensation

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

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

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

Composite marks: identity, similarity and likelihood of confusion

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

In Ghias (ta Griller) v Ikram 2012 EWPCC 3, Miss Recorder Michaels, sitting in the Patents County Court, partly upheld but largely dismissed claims of infringement under Section 10(1), (2) and (3) of the Trade Mark Act 1994 brought by a fast food business chain trading as “Griller”, against three similar businesses trading as “Griller”“The Griller Original”, “The Griller King” and “Griller Hut”

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

Territorial exclusivity of football broadcasts found contrary to EU law

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

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure C- 40308 and Karen Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd C- 42908 (4 October 2011) that a system of licences for the broadcasting of sporting events which grants licensees territorial exclusivity on a Member State basis, and which prohibits television viewers from watching the broadcasts in one Member State using a decoder licensed for use in another, is contrary to EU law

Further CJEU guidance on keyword advertising and trade mark infringement

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

In (1) Interflora Inc. (2) Interflora British Unit v (1) Marks & Spencer plc (2) Flowers Direct Online Ltd, Case C-32309 (22 September 2011), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has provided further guidance on circumstances in which use of a registered trade mark as a keyword by a third party advertiser may constitute trade mark infringement

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

Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG v Österreich-Zeitungsverlag GmbH: prize promotions and unfair commercial practices

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • January 25 2011

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Mediaprint Zeitungsund Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG v Österreich- Zeitungsverlag GmbH C-54008 has held that the possibility of participating in a prize competition, linked to the purchase of a newspaper, does not constitute an unfair commercial practice within the meaning of Article 5(2) of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (200529EC), simply on the ground that that is what induced some of the consumers concerned to buy the newspaper in the first place

EU enhances copyright protection for sound recordings and songs

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

On 12 September 2011, Directive 2011 77 EU, amending Directive 2006 116 EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights (the Directive) was adopted

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