Monthly Archives: November 2008

Patents: Software Protection after Symbian and Bilski

Possibly the most important intellectual property decision of this year from the point of view of British business will be the Court of Appeal’s decision in Symbian Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents [2008] EWCA Civ 1066 (8 Oct 2008). … Continue reading

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Company Names Tribunal: New Fixed Fee Service

One of the many innovations of the Companies Act 2006  is a right under s.69 to object to the incorporation of a company in a name that is: (a)   the same as a name associated with the person raising the objection in which … Continue reading

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USA: What will Obama do for IP?

While queuing for tea during the mid-afternoon break at the WIPO domain name panellists’ meeting in Geneva last month, I got chatting to am American colleague. I asked her which state she was from and she replied Illinois.  “Oh Senator … Continue reading

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Practice: Access to the Bar

My professional body is running a full day event at the Inner Temple in the Smoke known as Access to the Bar Day (”“A2B”) on 27 Nov 2008 to provide up-to-date information about instructing the Bar directly. This event is open to … Continue reading

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Practice: New Patents Court Guide

I have just had an email from Richard Miller QC to say that a new Patents Court Guide (dated September 2008) has appeared on HM Courts Service website though the November 2003 guide remains for the time being on another part … Continue reading

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Patents: Corus UK Ltd. v Qual-Chem Ltd.

Although Lord Justice Jacob disclaimed any pretension of deciding any question of legal principle, the CA’s decision in  Corus UK Ltd. v Qual-Chem Ltd. [2008] EWCA Civ 1177 is still worth reading because it assists an understanding of art 123 (2) of the EPC post European Central Bank v Document Security Systems Inc. [2008] EWCA Civ 192 (19 … Continue reading

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