Monthly Archives: December 2008

Practice: Motor Industry – Parallels with the Legal System

The University of Southern California held a conference at San Diego earlier this month on Leading Legal Innovation. It seems to have attracted some distinguished academics and a sprinkling of practising lawyers though, sadly, none from the UK so far as … Continue reading

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Software Patents: New Guidance from the IPO

On 8 Dec 2008 Sean Dennehey signed a new practice note on the patenmtability of computer programs to take account of the CA’s decision in Symbian. The main changes relate to: what constitutes a technical contribution for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Company Names: Not Quite the Real Thing

The new Company Names Tribunal, which I mentioned in my announcement of our chambers new fixed fee service on 10 November, has just published its first three decisions. They are: The Coca-Cola Company v Coke Cola Limited Zurich Insurance Company v Zurich Financial … Continue reading

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Practice: Desmond Browne: ‘The Bar is not for me’

On the very day that Rio Tinto announced 14,000 redundancies, Sony another 8,000, Mercedes short term working and Woolworths finally gave up the ghost The Independent published an extract of a speech by Dersmond Browne (the Chairperson-Elect of the English … Continue reading

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NIPC Mediation: New Specialist IP Dispute Resolution Service

When I trained to become a mediator in 2000, mediation was regarded as the answer to lengthy delays and rocketing costs in the civil justice system but it has recently begun to acquire a bad name. The process has become … Continue reading

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Trade Marks and Passing Off: Hotel Cipriani SRL and Others v Cipriani (Grosvenor Street) Ltd & Ors [2008] EWHC 3032 (Ch) (9 Dec 2008)

When I worked for VISA in 1984 I believe I had lunch at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice. I can’t remember a vast amount about it other than that one had to take a boat trip. The food was OK though it … Continue reading

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My Memories of Sir Hugh Laddie

I was on my way to a conference when I heard of Sir Hugh’s death and could manage only a short announcement. But, I had to say more because I was really sorry to learn of his death. I can’t … Continue reading

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