COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR MASS-PRODUCED ARTICLES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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COPYRIGHT PROTECTION FOR MASS-PRODUCED ARTICLES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

Prior to a recent change in the law, copyright protection in an artistic work expired after 25 years if articles embodying the work had been applied industrially (defined as making more than fifty articles).  This kept the period of protection for...

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CASE 168/09 FLOS SPA v SEMERARO CASA E FAMIGLIA SPA

The District Court of Milan referred questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary opinion on the interrelation of the EU’s Council Directive 93/98 on the duration of copyright protection and Directive 98/71 relating to...

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European “INTERMEDIARIES” MAY BE FORCED TO TAKE ACTIVE MEASURES AGAINST TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT COMMITTED BY THIRD PARTIES

Recent cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales have addressed the question of whether those who provide facilities to persons who infringe the trademark rights of others may themselves be...

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: TTAB REFUSES REGISTRATION FOR REPEATING PATTERN

In a precedential decision in In re Fantasia Distribution Inc, Serial 86185623 (September 21 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that a repeating diamond design pattern appearing on an electronic hookah was merely decorative and...

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U.S. SUPREME COURT REVERSES DAMAGE AWARD IN SAMSUNG v APPLE

The Supreme Court on December 6, 2016 ruled that when considering the basis for awarding damages based on the infringer’s profits from infringing a design patent, it is not necessary to base these damages on the profit made on the entire article...

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UK TO CONTINUE STEPS TOWARDS RATIFICATION OF UNITARY PATENT CONVENTION DESPITE BREXIT

The EU’s Unitary Patent Convention (see http://ladas.com/education-center/eu-unitary-patent-and-patent-court-2/) and the associated EU patent had originally been expected to come into effect in 2017. This was, however dependent on ratification of...

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