Monthly Archives: April 2006

Trade Marks: Case C-145/05, Levi Strauss & Co. v Casucci SpA

The European Court of Justice has just held that in determining the scope of protection of a trade mark which has been lawfully acquired on the basis of its distinctive character, a court must take into account the perception of … Continue reading

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Copyright: Da Vinci Code Case – absolutely my last mention of this case unless there is an appeal

Yesterday, I mentioned the Hon Mr Justice Peter Smith’s secret code (Copyright – The Da Vinci Code: ho ho! 27 Apr 2006). Well now we have the decryption – “Judge’s own Da Vinci code cracked” (BBC 28 Apr 2006). His … Continue reading

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Patent Conventions: Latest List of Members

The EPO has just published in this month’s Official Journal an up to date list of contracting parties to every conceivable patent treaty and convention. The treaties covered include: Paris Convention Patent Co-operation Treaty Patent Law Treaty Budapest Vienna Convention … Continue reading

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Copyright – The Da Vinci Code: ho ho!

According to the BBC website, the Honourable Mr Justice Peter Smith has brought a touch of levity to the Da Vinci Code case – as if that case needed it (see “Copyright: “Da Vinci Code Case” – No Surprises”). His … Continue reading

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First Attempt and Animated Presentation

I have attempted my first animated online PowerPoint presentation. It consists of the slides and handout of a talk that I gave last week at Leeds Civic Hall on information security law. I have a full report of it in … Continue reading

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day

Today is world intellectual property day. According to WIPO press release 445 of 24 April 2006, member states decided to designate this day “to raise awareness of the role of intellectual property in our daily lives, and to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Trade Marks: Relative Grounds Consultation

I attended a presentation by David Morgan of the Patent Office at the Leeds Hilton yesterday as part of the consultation on relative grounds of refusal. Having attended the very popular roadshow on software implemented inventions last year (which would … Continue reading

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