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Regional Appeal Court refuses to apply copyright levies to computer printers
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • June 4 2007

The Regional Appeal Court of Düsseldorf has decided that computer printers cannot be subject to copyright levies under German Law


European Court of First Instance upholds infringement findings against Microsoft
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union
  • October 30 2007

On 17 September 2007, the European Court of First Instance (“ECFI”) issued its judgment reviewing in detail, and substantively upholding, the European Commission’s 2004 decision which had imposed a fine of 497 million on Microsoft for two abuses of dominant position


Symbian, Autonomy and Astron Clinica the latest trio of UK software patentability decisions
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • April 28 2008

The divergence between the English courts and the European Patent Office (“EPO”) as to the circumstances in which software is patentable has been a source of endless confusion for companies operating in the United Kingdom and their advisers


German Federal Supreme Court decided on printer levies
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • June 2 2008

In two landmark judgments of 6 December 2007 and 30 January 2008, the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC“) has ruled that the so called “reprographic copyright levy“ implemented by the German legislator to compensate for licence-free copying made with traditional photocopiers does not apply to single function printers


“As such” the UK’s final words?
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • June 2 2008

The tortuous development of the law concerning patents for software-related inventions in Europe has had many people scratching their heads in puzzlement


Software patents in Europe the next instalment
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • April 2 2009

The law concerning patents for software-related inventions in Europe has followed a tortuous development with divergent approaches being adopted both in the European Patent Office ("EPO") and in national patent offices and courts


German Federal Court of Justice decides that reprographic levies should not be raised on personal computers up to 2007
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • February 4 2009

This case looks at a recent decision in the German Courts regarding whether reprographic levies should be raised on personal computers (“PCs”


Software patents an update on the UK position
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • July 20 2009

In two judgments of 12 January 2009, the UK-IPO dismissed appeals in respect of patent applications by eSpeed Inc ("eSpeed") (BL O00909) and Schlumberger Holdings Limited ("Schlumberger") (BL O01609) on the basis that the applications were for excluded subject matter under Article 52(2) of the EPC


A ‘perpetual’ licence might not be forever
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • November 2 2010

Software licensees might expect that a 'perpetual' licence is never ending


Deeplinking to genuine source of downloadable software did not amount to an IP rights infringement
  • Bird & Bird
  • France
  • November 2 2010

A French court has held that an unauthorised direct link to downloadable software, bypassing the home page of the software publisher, does not itself amount to an infringement of intellectual property rights