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CJEU RULING IN COTY – GREATER ONLINE PROTECTION FOR LUXURY GOODS SUPPLIERS

In its hotly anticipated ruling in the Coty case, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has held that, in the context of a selective distribution system, a restriction imposed on an authorised retailer not to sell the goods through … Continue reading

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PATENT AND PHARMA UPDATE – November 2017

Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to the patents and pharmaceutical sector. One of the most significant developments in the patent law arena in recent years has been the decision of the Supreme Court in Actavis … Continue reading

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“PORT CHARLOTTE” Whisky does not infringe the EU protected designation of origin (PDO) “PORTO” or “PORT” – Consideration needed urgently for protection of PDOs and GIs, UK and EU-wide, post-Brexit

The CJEU has confirmed that “Port Charlotte”, registered as an EU trade mark for whisky, does not evoke (infringe) the protected designation of origin (PDO) for “porto” or “port”. The decision will be significant for consumer products businesses as it … Continue reading

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Exhaustion, economic links and “unitary control” – the AG’s opinion in the Schweppes trade mark reference

Trade mark rights may still be exhausted even if goods are imported bearing identical trade marks (having been applied in another EU Member State (MS) by a separate entity) where, given the economic links between the trade mark holder and the … Continue reading

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BitTorrents join unlawful streaming and unlawful downloads as infringements of copyright

Following on from its recent decision in Filmspeler, the CJEU has handed down its judgment in Stichting Brein v Ziggo, C-610/15 (The Pirate Bay), concluding that operators of the online sharing platforms are making a 'communication to the public' within … Continue reading

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Unlawful streaming is as infringing as unlawful downloads – Further guidance from the CJEU on “communication to the public”

The CJEU has issued its ruling in Filmspeler that the sale of a multimedia player specifically configured to link to websites on which protected works are made available to internet users, without the consent of the copyright holders, is a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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CJEU rules that comparative advertising based on prices in shops of different sizes and formats may be unlawful and misleading in certain circumstances

Further to a reference from the Paris Court of Appeal in a case between Carrefour Hypermarchés SAS and ITM Alimentaire International SASU, the CJEU has issued its ruling on the lawfulness of comparative advertising focussing on the prices charged by … Continue reading

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Hyperlinking to material on the internet – CJEU expands on the circumstances when it may amount to copyright infringement

In a further key decision on hyperlinking and copyright, the CJEU has held that creating hyperlinks may be a communication to the public and so may amount to copyright infringement, if the creator of the hyperlinks knows or should have … Continue reading

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From 28 July 2016 section 52 CDPA repeal will mean copyright will be extended or revived in the UK in many industrially manufactured articles

Section 52 Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988 provided for a reduced term of copyright protection for artistic works which had been industrially manufactured, that is over 50 articles have been made.  The reduced term granted was 25 years from … Continue reading

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