JAPAN-EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NOW IN FORCE

The Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest free-trade agreement between Japan and the EU (aka Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement or JEFTA) entered into force on 1 February. JEFTA eliminates most custom duties and trade barriers between Japan and the EU… Read more

Trade Secrets – added protection in force

The Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2018 (the "Regulations") came into force on 9 June 2018 and transpose Directive (EU) 2016/943 (the "Directive") into UK law. Summary: The aim of the Directive is to create a level playing field by… Read more

Targeting Online Risk

In our latest publication in our Future of Consumer series on issues facing the Consumer sector, we look at some of the online risks threatening businesses today. We examine the options available to tackle IP infringements online, such as the sale of… Read more

New Unjustified Threats Regime in force from 1 October 2017

Threatening proceedings for intellectual property right infringement can sometimes backfire. In relation to patents, trade marks and designs, there is a right for any person aggrieved by the threat to bring an action against the threatener. The "aggrieved" person may not… Read more

3D Printing and IP – Herbert Smith Freehills publishes Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law IP&IT

Our Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law here: https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/Document/I3466c5d71a1711e798dc8b09b4f043e0/View/FullText.html?transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=(sc.Search)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1 provides an overview of the 3D printing industry and highlights the challenges for intellectual property (IP) rights-holders when seeking to enforce their rights if they are infringed by 3D… Read more

Helping FMCG businesses plan for a post-Brexit future

Businesses with interwoven supply chains across the EU and beyond have already felt the effects of a weaker pound, with increasing costs of sourcing raw materials and packaging leaving some organisations no choice but to inflate consumer prices. Combine this… Read more

Law catches up with free TV streaming sites

ITV & Others v TVCatchup: CJEU Rules S.73 CDPA defence not applicable to online streaming of live broadcasts. The CJEU has issued its ruling on the latest question referred to it in the long-running dispute between ITV (and others) and… Read more

Brexit: Intellectual Property

Whatever future relationship the UK has with the rest of the EU, the effect of the Great Repeal Bill, once enacted, will mean that any existing intellectual property law having effect in the UK will continue to apply as it… Read more

Brexit – what IP issues to consider now

We set out our thoughts and predictions upon how protection and enforcement of IP in the UK may be impacted once Brexit arrives. We have also suggested some immediate action points for consideration in the weeks or months to come,… Read more

Free Wi-Fi providers: more than mere conduits?

The effect of the European Court of Justice’s ruling in McFadden v Sony appears to be that providers of free wifi will need to password protect their services and require users to identify themselves if they wish to avoid liability (C-484/14). … Read more