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Home or Away: The CJEU confirms that foreign online infringers can be sued in your local court

Your copyright is being infringed by an online company based outside the UK and you want to take action. Your first reaction may be to ask for local lawyer recommendations in the jurisdiction where the company is based, but...more

UK Employment Law – Things to Expect in 2015

Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead. The general election in May will, of course, hold most of our attention, but there are other...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - February 2015 (Global)

Australia: Courts not siding with cricket “pitchside” gambler - A British man banned from attending Cricket Australia matches for pitchsiding has indicated his intention to challenge the legality of the ban. ...more

Is this the end of screen scraping?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) begun its 2015 ruling with the interpretation of Directive 96/9/CE on legal protection of databases (the “Directive”). The case was originally brought by Ryanair against PR...more

EU: Ryanair scrapes a win (but not using IP!)

The CJEU has ruled that database owners whose databases are not protected by copyright or the sui generis database right may rely on contractual terms and conditions to restrict access to and exploitation of their data. As a...more

Things to Expect in 2015

Now that we have eased into 2015, it’s time to think about the key employment law issues we’ll be facing in the year ahead. The general election in May will, of course, hold most of our attention, but there are other...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 26, Issue 12 December 2014: Bowling Alone: Obama’s Labor And Employment Regulatory Agenda In...

Recently, President Obama sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert in which he was asked about his 2008 campaign mantra that presidents tended to grab too much power. “Then you became president, and you seemed to hold a...more

European Court of Justice: landmark decision on patentability of stem cells

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has handed down a landmark judgment concerning the patentability of stem cells in Europe. Stem cells have the potential to revolutionize the treatment of human disease because of their...more

CJEU Gives Opinion On Whether Obesity Is A Disability

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held, in Karsten Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund, that obesity can constitute a disability for the purposes of EU discrimination law, albeit only where the requirements...more

My Vote for Privacy Person of the Year

There isn’t an official Privacy Person of the Year award. If there were, Edward Snowden almost certainly would have won it last year. Instead, he finished in second place, behind Pope Francis, as TIME Magazine’s 2013 Person...more

New EU Guidelines on “Google Spain”: Right to be Forgotten

The Article 29 Working Party published new Guidelines on the Right to be Forgotten on 26 November 2014. This is the latest chapter in the story which began with the Google Spain case. In that case, the Court of Justice of...more

Advocate General Wathelet takes the “middle path” in Huawei v. ZTE

In adopting what he regards as a “middle path” approach between over- and under-protecting intellectual property rights, Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion in the Huawei v ZTE litigation provides our first hint as to the...more

Unregistered Design Rights: The Karen Millen Case

The recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council Regulation (EC) No....more

Bestwater – CJEU considers embedded links to copyright content (again)

On 21 October 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) gave its decision in Bestwater, a case that, like the decision in Svensson earlier this year, concerns the question of whether there is an infringement...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - October 2014 (Global)

Recent U.S. Criticism of China’s Enforcement of Its Antitrust Laws Against Foreign Companies - For some time, many in the antitrust community have expressed concerns about how China is enforcing its antitrust laws...more

Green light for the registration as a trademark of a retail store layout

In a recent and notable ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that the representation of the layout of a retail store can be registered as a trademark provided that certain conditions are met. More...more

Unified Patent Court – Status Update

Status – “No earlier than late 2015” - As reported earlier the new UPC will go live after 13 member states in the EU, including the UK, France and Germany, ratify the agreement....more

CJEU clarifies scope of exception for parody: not just joking around

Under Belgian law, a copyrighted work may be used without the authorisation of the author(s) for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche. In the absence of any clear guidance on the interpretation of the concept of...more

CJEU Rules Maximum Cartel Fine Applies Only to Infringing Subsidiary Turnover and Reduces Fine by €17 Million

On 4 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the maximum fine of 10 per cent of turnover imposed on the infringing subsidiary of a non-infringing parent company should be calculated on...more

Still laughing? The CJEU hands down final judgment in Deckmyn parody case

Following on from the Advocate General’s opinion in the case of Johan Deckmyn [C-201/13], the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its full judgment in the case on 3rd September 2014. The ruling confirms...more

New Rules On The Scope Of Protection For Black & White Trade Marks In The EU: Black & White Or Clear As Mud?

On 15 April 2014, the European Trade Mark and Design Network published a Common Communication on the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White ("B&W") Marks (the "Communication"). Four months on, we look...more

Cross-Border Mergers: A Matter of Interpretation

The Companies Court has considered whether it is necessary for shares or other securities to be transferred between group companies as consideration for cross-border mergers in the recent landmark case of Re Olympus UK Ltd...more

Stem cell patentability: European update following Opinion of Advocate-General in ISCC and the Australian position

The recent Opinion of the Advocate-General suggests that a clarification and moderation of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) approach to the patentability of stem cells may be on the horizon. If followed,...more

That’ll Leave a Mark : The CJEU rules on Apple interiors and the shapes of things to come

Ever since I was old enough to appreciate them, I have enjoyed the Peanuts stories by the late Charles Schulz. Being young, it took me a while to realise that the cartoons, and particularly what the characters did or said,...more

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