Category Archives: Copyright

Intellectual Property for Start-ups and other Small Businesses

Intellectual property (“IP”) is the collective term for the bundle of rights that protect investment in branding, design, technology, art and literature. Examples of such rights (“IPR”) include patents for inventions, registered trade marks for brands, registered designs for product … Continue reading

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Copyright: Protection of Content

The IPO has published a useful little note “How do I protect copyright?” The announcement on the “What’s New” page suggests that it is an update on the protection of websites but the note applies more generally. The first point to … Continue reading

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Top 10 IP Developments in 2010

IMHO these were the top 10 news developments for IP practitioners in 2010: 10    Unilever Plc and others v Shanks [2010] EWCA Civ 1283 Clarified the law relating to employees’ patents. See my case note of 27 Nov 2010. 9.    ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting … Continue reading

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Where to get free legal advice

If you are one of the 27 defendants whose cases have been listed for hearing by Judge Birss QC on 17 Jan 2011 in Media CAT Ltd. v Billington EWPCC 18 (17 Dec 2010) mentioned in my case note on … Continue reading

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Choosing a Logo

Over the next few years thousands of new businesses and social enterprises are likely to be set up in the United Kingdom in all sorts of industries. All of them will need business stationery; most will need new websites and … Continue reading

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Global Copyright Reform: A View From The South In Response To Lessig

Global Copyright Reform: A View From The South In Response To Lessig. This article is well worth reading as is Lessig’s original article. I’ll be writing about this later.

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NIPC now has Life Sciences Capability

I am delighted to welcome back to chambers my old pupil Dr. Alex Khan. Alex is a life sciences man. His doctoral research was in haematology at Birmingham University Medical School. He also holds a master’s from UMIST and a … Continue reading

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Reflections on Newzbin

The case was important for three reasons: –

– Technically: it seems to have been the first case in the common law world at any rate on usenet as opposed to file sharing technology;
– Commercially: it is something of a victory for film and music the viability of which has been threatened by digitization; and
– Legally: the decision did make some new law on authorization and making available. Continue reading

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New Case Note: SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd.

I first learned of SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd [2010] EWHC 1829 (Ch) (23 July 2010) from Martin Howe QC at the IP Bar Association garden party last Monday. Martin had been my opponent in Ibcos Computers Ltd v … Continue reading

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Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox v Newzbin

Newzbin raised some interesting questions on authorization following close on the heels of the decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Ltd and it is also the first decision in England on the making available right Continue reading

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