Modern monarchy and the media: Duchess of Sussex wins historic privacy case against the British tabloids

In another reminder that being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up be (after binge-watching the latest season of The Crown), Meghan Markle (a.k.a. The Duchess of Sussex) was recently granted summary judgment in a privacy claim against Associated Newspapers Limited, over the publication of extracts from a hand-written letter to her father (see HRH read more...
Subjects: Copyright

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Hyperlinks killed the radio star: High Court of England and Wales “Tunes In” to the radio streaming debate

Last month, the High Court of England and Wales delivered its judgment in a test-case for copyright and Internet communications: Warner Music UK Ltd & Sony Music UK Ltd v TuneIn Inc. [2019] EWHC 2923. The case concerned the activity of “Tune-In” an online platform that allows users to access over 100,000 Internet radio stations worldwide. read more...
Subjects: Copyright

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Patent Wars: A New Hope (or, the Inventor Strikes Back!)

In this article, we discuss key parts of a recent UK decision and the implications for UK businesses and multinationals with employees carrying out R&D in the UK.  Although there is no corresponding right under Australian law, we also look at best practice for Australian businesses in securing ownership of inventions and other intellectual property rights and related compensation considerations. read more...
Subjects: Patents

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Empire State (of mind) – noisy bars, brand shortening and obscured presentation – Mr Purvis QC speaks!

As you will know from previous posts (see here and here), when Appointed Persons speak, we listen! One of our favourites, it has to be said, is Mr Iain Purvis QC. He has a knack of getting straight to the point, with clear and memorable turns of phrase. Indeed one often finds oneself (if one read more...
Subjects: Trade marks

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CANARY WHARF trade mark rejected for being 30 years too late! Protect your valuable property names as trade marks at conception

Branded real estate in the industrial, commercial and residential markets is big business. The brand adopted can influence perception and price. It is no surprise then that developers are increasingly taking steps to protect these brands by registering them as trade marks. We recently discussed some legal developments for these kinds of brands (including shopping read more...

Lies, damned lies and social media coverage of trade mark disputes – the TV programme previously known as “Glee”?

Remember when you could rely on social media for fair, unbiased and objective coverage of the news? Me neither. The facts did not get in the way of a good story when a virtual Twitter-storm erupted over the weekend around the tv show GLEE having to change its name in the UK. But is this read more...
Subjects: Trade marks

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