Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 May 2012

3D printing (or additive manufacturing), that is the use of digital files, eg computer-aided design (CAD) models, to produce three-dimensional objects, is becoming increasingly big news. Special software is used to cut the digital model into layers and create a file, which is sent to a printer to ‘print’ a physical object. Instead of ink, other materials, such as molten plastic, or metal in powder form, are built up in layers and fused together at high temperatures to create the product. Exeter University has even used the process with layers of chocolate to create novelty edible products.

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Corporate and commercial | 01 April 2012

It is a little-known fact that there is currently no ‘small claims’ procedure in the UK for intellectual property (IP) claims. The small claims track has proven to be an effective and low-cost means of settling other types of low-value disputes between individuals and companies. It has been available for most other types of legal dispute for some time.

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Finance | 01 March 2012

In the first part of this article, the authors looked at the trade in counterfeit goods in the context of the massive changes taking place in the world economy and suggested that China’s current pre-eminence as the major source of the world’s counterfeits might come under threat from other emerging ‘competitors’.

In part two, they consider how rights holders can best position themselves to deal with whatever the future throws at them. [Continue Reading]

TMT | 01 February 2012

Ever since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008,
the world has been in a constant 
state of financial, social and political upheaval. The debt crisis has the European region on its knees; uprisings and unrest continue across the Middle East; China’s economy readies itself for a hard landing; the stagnant Japanese economy struggles under the weight of its heavily aging population; and the US, ravaged by political partisanship, seems destined for another year of economic mediocrity. [Continue Reading]

Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 December 2011

Ever since the 1980s, when the Domain name system was introduced, opportunistic entrepreneurs have conducted a profitable trade in domain names – a domain name being the alpha-numeric string that follows the ‘@’ in an email address and the ‘www’ in a web address.

This article provides an update on domain name complaints and valuable tips for both would-be complainants and respondents to complaints. 
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Legal Briefing


  • Tony Willoughby, WIPO panellist, 
Nominet Chairman of Experts and consultant, Rouse

    Tony Willoughby

    WIPO panellist, 
Nominet Chairman of Experts and consultant

TMT | 01 December 2011

In this article we identify some of the intellectual property issues that will be of importance for anyone involved in technology development in the Middle East, particularly in the context of the many initiatives, largely government financed, that have been undertaken in the region to create a fertile ground for that development.

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Technology, Media and Telecoms | 01 October 2011

With nearly one-third of the Vietnamese population online, the role of the internet in both domestic and international commerce has grown substantially in recent years. According to The Economist, one-quarter of Vietnamese enterprises has used the internet to receive and place orders, with 12% using internet marketplaces to trade goods.1 While trade names serve to identify ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers, in the online commercial environment, domain names are the primary identifiers of source for goods and services. Such identifiers carry particular significance in countries like Vietnam, where the population maintains a relatively high awareness of brand use online.2 ? [Continue Reading]

TMT | 01 September 2011

A recurring theme in conversations with our clients is how their approach to IP protection, management and enforcement compares with that of other rights holders. If this is a question you have ever considered, you will know that obtaining the information necessary to make the comparison is far from easy.

There are a number of obvious options available: seeking to obtain information internally from staff members who have had relevant experience in other companies; speaking to peers in other companies; or learning what you can from service providers. But, in addition to issues of confidentiality, each of these options has its difficulties. [Continue Reading]

TMT | 04 July 2011

This article discusses a trade mark infringement case to illustrate several practical issues that are likely to be of interest to anyone involved in, or contemplating, trade mark action in Saudi Arabia. Although the case raises interesting issues of substantive law, these are better left for discussion when the final outcome of the case is known – the appeal decision is yet to be given. [Continue Reading]

TMT | 04 June 2011

In trade mark infringement actions under s10(2) of the Trade Marks Act 1994, and in passing off actions, one of the key issues for the judge is whether or not the brand name, logo or get-up of the defendant’s product or service is likely to lead consumers to believe that the defendant’s product or service is the claimant’s, or is in some way associated with the claimant. [Continue Reading]