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).  See our IP PSC Rachel Montagnon’s commentary on this decision in PLC Magazine’s October 2016 … Read more

Brands force ISPs to block sites selling infringing goods and counterfeits

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the English courts have jurisdiction to make blocking orders against internet service providers ("ISPs") in the trade mark context, as well as in respect of copyright works. In Cartier, Montblanc and Richemont v BSkyB, BT, TalkTalk, EE and Virgin [2016], the Court of Appeal on 6 July 2016 … Read more

Trunki’s claim over Kiddee Case design fails to appeal to Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court today handed down its first decision on design rights, in the Trunki case (PMS International (Respondent) v Magmatic (Appellant) [2016] UKSC 12). The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal to the effect that there was no infringement of the Community registered design for Magamatic's Trunki suitcase by … Read more