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Spotlight thrown onto imaging orders – Court of Appeal issues warning shot

08 Oct 2020
With advances in forensic tools, it has become increasingly common for courts to grant imaging orders (in support of search orders) for the quick and comprehensive preservation of electronically stored data on hard drives, laptops, etc. An advantage of imaging orders is that they allow the search process to be far less intrusive and disruptive for the business/premises that are being searched. On the other hand, a disadvantage is that the imaging process does not discriminate between documents that pertain to the issues of the proceedings and are covered by the search orders from documents that are irrelevant and/or privileged.

Court tells 'Nosecco' to leave it to the pro's

26 Aug 2020
The association responsible for protecting and promoting the use of the name 'Prosecco' – Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco (the "Consorzio") – has successfully opposed the registration in the UK of a stylised label containing the word NOSECCO (the "Sign") in class 32, for non-alcoholic wines and non-alcoholic sparkling wines.
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The high street, town centres and planning reform in England - the Use Classes Order

14 Aug 2020
Major changes are afoot for those owning, occupying, funding or developing commercial and business premises. On 21 July 2020 the Government laid a statutory instrument which will make radical changes to how high street and business uses are categorised in planning terms. Changes come into effect on 1 September 2020 and will apply to England only. We have provided a summary table below on the sweeping changes but first we consider the key implications for those in the commercial property world.
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Brexit and exhaustion of rights

10 Aug 2020
Parallel trade is the import (and export) of genuine goods protected by intellectual property ("IP") rights, and occurs where the IP rights are said to have been 'exhausted' – where the goods are put on the relevant market by, or with the consent of, the IP-right owner.
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Brexit and patents

07 Aug 2020
The European patent regime is not an instrument of the European Union ("EU"). The European Patent Convention 2000 and its various protocols are not part of the accumulated body of EU law. The current membership of the European Patent Office numbers 38 countries, which is a far greater number than the current 28 member states of the EU. As a result, the European patent regime, of which the United Kingdom ("UK") is a part, will remain largely unaffected by Brexit. The UK's membership of the Patent Cooperation Treaty will also remain unaffected.
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Brexit and designs

04 Aug 2020
The registered Community design ("RCD") system has allowed applicants to obtain a single design registration covering all European Union ("EU") member states rather than require them to seek national protection through separate intellectual property ("IP") offices. RCDs are multi-jurisdictional and unitary creations whereby the rights and scope of protection are indivisible. Accordingly, the rights under the RCD are tied directly to what constitutes the single market of the EU which underpins the development of the "Fortress Europe" doctrine allowing for the free movement of goods, but as a barrier to goods from outside the EU. The RCD gives broad protection for rights-holders by providing a basis for seeking and being granted EU-wide injunctions against infringers. 
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Brexit and trade marks

01 Aug 2020
For the past two decades, rather than having to seek only country by country protection through the separate national offices of the member states, prospective right-holders can now obtain – via a single application – a registration that, once granted, covers automatically all of the European Union ("EU") member states. Being a multi-jurisdictional unitary right, the scope of protection of an EU trade mark ("EUTM") is indivisible. Its nature is tied directly to what constitutes the single market of the EU, underpinning the development of "Fortress Europe" so as to facilitate the free movement of goods and to give broad protection for rights-holders through the grant of EU-wide injunctions against infringers.