Establishment of the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution in Jordan for IP disputes

The Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) (based in Amman, Jordan) recently held an extraordinary meeting where it was unanimously agreed to establish the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR). AIPMAS  is a non-profit organisation established by practitioners in the field of intellectual property (IP) in the Arab region, headed by Dr Talal Abu … Read more

Australian Federal Court rules on compliance with “genuine steps” requirement

The Federal Court of Australia has for the first time ruled on the requirement to take “genuine steps” to resolve a dispute under the Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 (Cth) (the Act): Superior IP International Pty Ltd v Ahearn Fox Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys [2012] FCA 282. The lawyers for both parties failed to file a genuine steps statement, and also … Read more

High Court endorses mediation in trade mark infringement case

The High Court has held that Cropton Brewery infringed Samuel Smith’s registered trade mark for a stylised white rose device and committed passing off by using one of its labels incorporating a white rose device for “Yorkshire Warrior” beer: Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) v Philip Lee (trading as “Cropton Brewery”) [2011] EWHC 1879 (Ch). … Read more