May 2013

Copyright Hub

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Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger recently announced that government funding of £150,000 has been made available to create a one-stop-shop web site for consumers to get information about copyright licenses and rights ownership. The forming of this new Copyright Hub has come as a result of the Hargreaves Review of IP and Growth (2011) which recommended that the UK should ...

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A case note on Schutz (UK) Limited v Werit (UK) Limited [2013] UKSC 16

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The Supreme Court published the judgement in this case on 13 March 2013. It concerns the distinction between “making” a patented item, which will infringe the patent on the item, and merely “repairing” the item, which will not infringe the patent. As a Supreme Court decision, it constitutes, along with the previous case of United Wire Limited v Screen Repair ...

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Community Trade Marks (CTMs) and Forthcoming Reforms… Pt 5

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Part 5 of 5 This is the last in a series of short articles aimed at raising awareness of a number of reforms which are set to be adopted by Spring 2014: Applications for marks in a script or language that is not intelligible in the EU will no longer be registrable in the EU, if registration would be refused on absolute ...

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Community Trade Marks (CTMs) and Forthcoming Reforms… Pt 4

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Part 4 of 5 Continuing on the theme of a number of reforms which are set to be adopted by Spring 2014, some having a more far reaching effect than others:     All CTM’s or ETM’s as they will be known (rather than EUTM’s) will need to be filed directly at OHIM. At present in addition to filing direct it is possible to ...

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Community Trade Marks (CTMs) and Forthcoming Reforms… Pt 3

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Part 3 of 5 The proposals set to reform the Community Trade Mark (CTM) system from spring 2014 have for some keenly watching their progression been a long time coming to fruition. The Council of Ministers first proposed a study on the functioning of the CTM and national trade mark systems in 2007 leading to the Max Planck report which was ...

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