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Court of Appeal refers dilution questions to ECJ
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • June 22 2007

On 15 May the Court of Appeal in Intel Corp Inc v CPM United Kingdom Limited 2007 referred a number of questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that are of crucial importance to owners of well known European brands


Patent invalidity for obviousness: Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal renders an important decision
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • June 25 2007

On June 7, 2007, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal rendered a decision in Novopharm Limited v. Jannsen-Ortho Inc. that dealt with several patent issues, but perhaps most notably the test for obviousness for invalidity of a patent


Grey goods may or may not constitute copyright infringement
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • July 30 2007

On July 26, 2007, Canada’s highest court rendered an important decision which will be of interest to those who distribute imported goods in Canada


What’s in a name - or logo, design, shape or packaging?
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • July 29 2009

Executives often underestimate the value of their marketing tools when assessing their company’s worth


High Court decision thaws copyright protection for data compilations
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Australia
  • June 25 2009

In the landmark copyright case of IceTV Pty Ltd v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd (2009) 254 ALR 386 (IceTV case), the High Court unanimously held that IceTV did not infringe copyright by reproducing individual items of time and title information from Nine Network’s weekly television schedules


Court orders statutory compensation for employee inventors
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • March 6 2009

Following the recent English High Court decision where two ex-employees were awarded £1.5 million in compensation under the Patents Act for the 'outstanding benefit' that a patent on one of their inventions conferred on their employer, the question is being asked: will this bring a raft of similar claims from employees and ex-employees who feel they have not been fairly rewarded for the financial benefit that their inventions have brought their employers?


New Canadian trade-mark opposition practice
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • March 27 2009

On March 31, 2009, Canadian trade-mark opposition practice will again change when a new Practice Notice issued by the Trade-marks Opposition Board comes into force


Ontario government introduces the Ideas for the Future Act
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • October 8 2008

On September 23, the Ontario government released the Ideas for the Future Act, 2008, fulfilling a promise included in the 2008 Ontario Budget to provide a 10-year Ontario corporate tax holiday for new corporations that commercialize intellectual property in certain new growth areas developed in conjunction with educational institutions or research institutes


Inadvertent lapse of patent rights in Canada
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Canada
  • September 29 2008

On September 9, 2008, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal rendered a decision in a closely watched case concerning the inadvertent lapse of patent rights: DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd. v. Canada (Commissioner of Patents


A standard year for the European Commission
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • European Union
  • February 17 2010

At the end of 2009, the European Commission closed two long-running investigations into misuse of market power afforded to companies whose patented technology had been incorporated into industry standards: the Rambus case and the Qualcomm case