A ride towards copyright for functional designs: could the iconic Brompton folding bike enjoy copyright protection? The view from Milan

In the Brompton Bicycle case (C-833/18) the CJEU has issued a key decision on whether it is possible for a mass-produced utilitarian product with a functional design to qualify for copyright protection. The Court found that copyright protection could apply to a product “whose shape is at least in part, necessary to obtain a technical result … Read more

Brompton Bicycle – far from folded

CJEU follows Cofemel in allowing copyright protection where designs are not exclusively dictated by technical function The CJEU has decided in the Brompton Bicycle case C-833/18 (11 June 2020) that to qualify for copyright, a design must be original – that is, the subject matter must reflect the personality of its author (the creator or designer), as an … Read more

Tech Disputes webinar series (Episode 1: FRAND 2.0 – licensing in a world of new standards)

In this webinar we will focus on some of the practical guidance issued by the courts as to how to approach FRAND negotiations, focussing on Germany, France and the UK. What should prospective licensors and licensees do differently this time for forthcoming licensing negotiations on new standards? Are we in a better position now to avoid some of the previous challenges, such as patent hold-up and hold-out? Read more

Patent and Pharma Update, May 2020

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector In this update we welcome our new IP partner in Germany. We have a number of interesting updates from the UK Court of Appeal, including a decision on Arrow declarations, a competition decision, an appeal relating to the lapse of an … Read more

HIRING OUT CARS WITH RADIOS IS NOT A “COMMUNICATION TO THE PUBLIC”

The CJEU held that the hiring out of motor vehicles equipped with radio receivers did not constitute a “communication to the public” within the meaning of Art 3(1) of the Directive 2001/29/EC (the “InfoSoc Directive“). The decision in Föreningen Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå u.p.a. (Stim) and Svenska artisters och musikers intresseorganisation ek. för. (SAMI) v … Read more

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Supply Chain Difficulties – new global guide, including IP, advertising and collaboration issues

Herbert Smith Freehills has published a new global guide on supply chain difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions and solutions. Supply chain difficulties are at the heart of the pressures facing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In our latest guide we look at supply chain pressure points and what is being and … Read more