Accession of Croatia to the EU
On 1 July 2013 the European Union will be enlarged to 28 member states when Croatia joins. Click here to read more on how this impacts on the Community Trade Mark system.
To use or not to use? That is the question
Is “use” of a trade mark in one EU member state sufficient to show use of a Community Trade Mark?
Earlier this year, we reported that the Advocate General had provided his opinion on this question in the case of Leno Merken v Hagelkruis Beheer, a copy of which can be found here. Further to the Advocate General’s opinion, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has now ruled on what constitutes “use” of a Community Trade mark in the EU.
How far does copyright protect software?
The Court endorses the approach of the judge in Navitaire Inc v easyJet.
The High Court’s decision in SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Ltd  EWHC 69 (Ch) sets out what aspects of a computer program can be protected in copyright.
Patent Box – a box of delights?
1 April 2013 will see the introduction of the “UK Patent Box” which will provide significant tax incentives to businesses offering goods or services covered by a patent.
The Danger of Limitations in Patents
A recent interim injunction application relating to a patent covering a medication management platform (i.e. a tray with compartments containing periodic doses of medicines for patients) illustrates the dangers of using limitations within patent claims.
How far does the damages claim stretch?
In a recent decision by HHJ Birss sitting in the Patents County Court, a number of issues relating to damages for patent infringement were considered. The Claimant claimed a number of heads of damages, but there were a few of particular interest, including for sales of non-infringing products, interest paid on business loans and additional damages based on “moral prejudice”.