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CJEU rules on copyright protection of photographic portraits
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • 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


Composite marks: identity, similarity and likelihood of confusion
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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”


The “innocent” copying defence: only applicable to works out of copyright
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Nominet decisions may be subject to appeal to the High Court
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • November 29 2011

In Michael Toth v Emirates 2011 EWPCC 18, his Honour Judge Birss QC, refused to strike out an application seeking to overturn a decision of a Nominet appeal panel that the registration of a domain name was abusive within the Nominet Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Policy


Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd: Asda “rides on the coat-tails” of Specsavers’ reputation
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • January 25 2011

In October 2009, Asda re-launched its optician services through a marketing campaign featuring the following logo and the straplines "be a real spec saver at Asda" and "spec savings at Asda"


La Chemise Lacoste SA and Baker Street Clothing Ltd (ALLIGATOR): word and device marks, conceptual similarity and likelihood of confusion
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • January 25 2011

In La Chemise Lacoste SA and Baker Street Clothing Ltd (ALLIGATOR) BL 0-333-10 16 September 2010, Geoffrey Hobbs QC allowed an appeal by Baker Street Clothing Ltd in respect of its opposed applications to register the word ALLIGATOR as a UK trade mark


Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (Amendment): PPL licence exemptions abolished
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Lidl SNC v Vierzon Distribution SA: comparative advertising and products sold in supermarkets
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • January 25 2011

The fact that there are differences in the extent to which you might like to eat certain food products depending on their place of production, the ingredients and who produced them, does not, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said in Lidl SNC v Vierzon Distribution SA C-15909, preclude the possibility that an advertisement comparing such products (by reference to price alone, as opposed by reference to any of their other attributes) will fall within the boundaries of permitted comparative advertising, provided the advertisement is not misleading


The European General Court decides only visible parts determine overall impression
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • November 3 2011

In Kwang Yang Motor Co Ltd v OHIM Cases T-1008 and T- 1108 9 September 2011 (unreported) the European General Court (GC) held that a design that constituted a component part of a complex product could only be considered to have individual character if the component part remained visible during normal use and fulfilled the requirements as to novelty and individual character


EU enhances copyright protection for sound recordings and songs
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • 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