Top 10 Intellectual Property Headlines from UK
The UK Supreme Court has decided to refer fundamental questions about the operation of the internet and copyright to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
On 19 February 2013, the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court was signed by the majority of the EU member states.
The coming months are set to see the biggest ever shake-up of the internet domain name landscape.
On the 17th April 2013, the UK Supreme Court decided that internet users do not need permission to browse and view copyrighted material via relevant web pages on the internet.
Following the approval of the Unitary Patent package by the Council and European Parliament in December last year, representatives of 25 EU member states signed the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement in February this year, seemingly paving the way for implementation of the new Unitary Patent system in the near future.
A US district court in New York has recently ruled that ReDigi, the operator of an online marketplace for pre-owned music downloads, is liable for copyright infringement. In a decision earlier this month, a US district court in New York has ruled that ReDigi, the operator of an online marketplace for pre-owned music downloads, is liable for copyright infringement.
In line with UN plans to accelerate the diffusion of green technologies, several countries, including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, have now launched fast-track patent schemes with the aim of encouraging the diffusion of green technology.
Does a copyright owner have a proprietary claim to property purchased from the proceeds of an infringement of copyright?
The UK Patents Court has found that GSK's patent for the anti-malarial drug Malarone (EP(UK) No. 0670719) is invalid. Malaria is one of the most prevalent tropical diseases, and Malarone is the most successful anti-malarial prophylactic in the UK.
The Government published its formal response to the Consultation on the Reform of the UK Designs Legal Framework to modernise the process for the designs registration system and improve enforcement.