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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”


Unilever plc v Ian Alexander Shanks: calculating employee compensation
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Spiller v Joseph: defamation and “honest comment"
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • January 25 2011

The Supreme Court of England and Wales in Spiller v Joseph 2010 UKSC 53 has declined to alter radically the defence of "fair comment" in libel claims


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


Mediaprint Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlag GmbH & Co KG v Österreich-Zeitungsverlag GmbH: prize promotions and unfair commercial practices
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • 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


Further CJEU guidance on keyword advertising and trade mark infringement
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • 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


CJEU considers effect of honest concurrent use in Budweiser reference
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • 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


Exclusive jurisdiction clause
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates
  • February 27 2009

In Middle Eastern Oil LLC v National Bank of Abu Dhabi 2008 EWHC 2895 (Comm) the High Court of England and Wales stayed English proceedings after finding that a banking agreement conferred exclusive jurisdiction on the courts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE


The protection of football fixture lists under the EU Database Directive
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • March 30 2012

On 1 March 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union passed judgement on Football Dataco Ltd v Yahoo! UK Ltd 2012 CJEU C-60410, concluding that the football fixture lists in question are not protected by copyright as there is insufficient intellectual creation on the part of the author