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Designs for retail store layouts may be capable of trade mark registration in Europe

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that it may be possible for a retail store layout to be registered as a trade mark.
14 July 2014

Groundless threats reforms

The Law Commission's final report on its proposals for reform in the area of groundless threats concludes that protection should be retained, but reformed.
23 May 2014

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Electronic databases and liens

In the recent case of Your Response Ltd v Datateam Business Media Ltd the Court of Appeal held that it was not possible to exercise a lien over an electronic database.
31 March 2014

Strained relations in the UK yoghurt market

According to the Court of Appeal, a substantial proportion of the public believes that Greek yoghurt comes from Greece so yoghurt made elsewhere should consequently not be labelled 'Greek'.
03 February 2014

Patent Update: Virgin Atlantic and Zodiac Seating in Court again

The Court of Appeal judgment in Virgin Atlantic Airways v Zodiac Seats (Ltd) and others marked another decision in this long-running patent dispute. 
30 January 2014

Publication

Quaystone newsletter ; February 2014

This month our Construction and Engineering newsletter focuses on intellectual property issues in construction.
28 January 2014

Can Google use your search history to market to you?

The English Court has decided to rule on whether Google should be allowed to identify what we might want to buy (and advertise at us) by watching the things we search for.
27 January 2014

Sued for criticising a competitor’s products – malicious falsehood

Is comparative advertising worth the potential downsides?
02 December 2013

Copyright protection for computer software - Court of Appeal holds firm

In SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd, the Court of Appeal recently dismissed an appeal by SAS concerning the extent to which copyright protection can be granted to computer software.
26 November 2013

The works of Eva Cassidy – copyright and a distribution dispute

What are the implications of Straw & Anors v Jennings, the High Court distribution and copyright dispute  concerning the late vocalist, Eva Cassidy?
18 November 2013

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Casino de Monte-Carlo fails in trademark infringement and passing-off claims

Dickerson and Shaw have published an article in 'World Trademark Review Daily' on the claim by Casino de Monte-Carlo for trademark infringement and passing off, which was dismissed on both counts.
18 November 2013

Defamatory material on websites – is the website host liable?

Website operators will shortly have a defence to claims of defamation arising from statements posted by others on their sites provided they can show that they did not themselves post the statement.
14 November 2013
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