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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


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


Codorniu Napa Inc v OHIM: figurative marks, wine and likelihood of confusion
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • January 25 2011

In Codorniu Napa Inc v the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) T-3508 23 November 2010 (unreported


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


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


Privilege against self-incrimination and the scope of the intellectual property exception
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


National Guild of Removers & Storers Ltd v Christopher Silveria: damages assessed on the “user” principle
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • January 25 2011

In National Guild of Removers & Storers Ltd v Christopher Silveria 2010 EWPCC 15, His Honour Judge Birss QC, sitting in the Patents County Court, has found that damages assessed on the "user" principle are available in cases of trade mark infringement and passing off in the same way as in patent infringement cases


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


General Court upholds OHIM refusal of CTM application for shape of loudspeaker
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • 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


Top jeans brand 7 For All Mankind could lose right to branded accessories over distinctiveness of “seven”
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • 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”