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Foreign companies need actual customers in the United Kingdom to establish passing off
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


High burden of proof where concerted copying is alleged
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • November 29 2011

In Pro-Tec Covers Ltd v Specialised Covers Ltd 2011 EWPCC 23, Richard Meade QC, sitting in the Patents County Court, has provided a detailed judgment on an unregistered design right infringement dispute, in which Pro-Tec had alleged that Specialised had undertaken “a concerted campaign of copying by at least four people, followed by a concerted campaign of lying about it and covering it up”


“UK’s safest broadband”: TalkTalk in breach of CAP and BCAP Code
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 29 2012

TalkTalk’s adverts claiming to offer the “UK’s safest broadband” have been found to be in breach of the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) Code


Wella fails to prove distinctiveness of SHAPER mark
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 29 2012

In Wella Corporation v Alberto-Culver Company 2011 EWHC 3558 (Ch), the UK High Court upheld the decision of a UK Intellectual Property Office Hearing Officer who rejected the application by Wella Corporation to invalidate the Alberto- Culver Company mark FUNKY SHAPER based on Wella’s earlier Community trade mark for SHAPER


Nominet proposes changes to UK generic top level domain name registration rules
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 29 2012

Nominet, which runs one of the world’s largest internet registries and manages over nine million domain names, has proposed changing the rules of domain name registration for .ltd.uk, and .plc.uk domains to ensure that each company is entitled to a unique domain name


UK Patents County Court finds copyright subsists in digitally manipulated photograph
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • 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


Lifestyle Management Ltd v Frater: domain names and instruments of fraud
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 28 2011

Pointing domain names, which are similar to a former principal's website, to websites that closely resembled the home page of the former principal has been found to be an act of passing off


Cowshed Products Ltd v Island Origins Ltd: interim injunction and the risk of injustice
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 28 2011

In a case that shows the difficulty of applying the American Cyanamid principles to passing off and trade mark infringement, the judge follows the approach in John Walker & Sons v Rothmans International and Management Publications v Blenhiem Exhibitions and examines where the risk of injustice lies


OFT response to Green Paper on policy options for progress towards a European contract law for consumers and businesses
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 28 2011

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued a response to the call from the Ministry of Justice for evidence and views on the European Commission's Green Paper on policy options for progress towards a European contract law for consumers and businesses


Football Dataco Ltd v Yahoo! UK Ltd: database right and database copyright
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • United Kingdom
  • February 28 2011

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has confirmed that sui generis database right does not subsist in football fixture lists