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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”


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


Sui generis database rights and what constitutes a substantial part
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


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


Article 29 Working Party opinion on applicable law: clarifying the scope of application of the Data Protection Directive
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • February 28 2011

The Article 29 Working Partythe European advisory body on data protection and privacyhas adopted an Opinion on applicable law (WP 179) aimed at clarifying the scope of application of the Data Protection Directive (9546EC


Advocate general considers jurisdiction for claims of infringement of a national trade mark online
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • European Union
  • March 30 2012

In Wintersteiger AG v Products 4U Sondermaschinenbau GmbH C-52310 (Opinion of Advocate General) 16 February 2012, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón considered that the proprietor of a national trade mark may be able to bring an infringement action in the Member State of registration against a third party that has registered a keyword used on a national search engine that is identical to the mark


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


The Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd v Meltwater Holding BV: online commercial media monitoring services and the end user licence debate
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • January 25 2011

This ruling from Mrs Justice Proudman confirms that businesses using an online commercial media monitoring service require a licence from the Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd


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”