US Ruling May Curb Business Method Patents

US Ruling May Curb Business Method Patents

The End of Method Patents?[/caption] The US has been one of the few jurisdictions which allow methods or ways of doing things to be registered for patent protection. This type of patent might be narrowed significantly by a recent ruling by a US Appellate Court.  We will all be keeping a…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 31, 2008
ECJ Revives Database Right

ECJ Revives Database Right

A database right was first introduced in Europe in 1996 though the Database Directive. Under the Directive the maker of a database has the right to prevent the “extraction and/or re-utilisation of the whole or of a substantial part” of a database. Until recently the database right was considered to be less valuable and useful…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 20, 2008
Protecting Designs – Getting it Right

Protecting Designs – Getting it Right

Registering a design[/caption] During the last year several cases have highlighted the current state of flux in Registered Community Designs (RCDs). This area of law remains a frequently overlooked and underrated intellectual property right). RCDs can potentially offer organisations with a very effective tool when faced with infringing copycat designs. Key…Read more »

By Our Team | October 14, 2008
US State Seizes Online Gambling Domain Names

US State Seizes Online Gambling Domain Names

Also not allowed in Kentucky[/caption] Recently the state of Kentucky has moved to seize the domain names of 141 online gambling sites. The move has sent shockwaves throughout the gambling and internet community because it could set a dangerous precedent. Attorneys for the governor of Kentucky is arguing that they have…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 13, 2008
Tate & Lyle Lose Splenda Patent

Tate & Lyle Lose Splenda Patent

In a surprise decision in the US, the makers of Splenda have lost their patent for sucralose which is the generic name for Splenda. This means that competitors can now sell the same sugar substitute. At the moment Splenda brings in 25% of Tate & Lyle's profit. Although they are probably not happy about the…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | October 3, 2008
You can use the code just don’t use the name: Ubuntu flexes its trade marks

You can use the code just don’t use the name: Ubuntu flexes its trade marks

....for business?[/caption] Ubuntu is a well known free, open source based Linux based operating system. Their business model is to provide software free of charge but to make money by giving support instead. Recently there have been a large number of variants of the program named with *buntu for example the…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 19, 2008
UK Domain Registrations Reach 7 Million

UK Domain Registrations Reach 7 Million

Up for the cup[/caption] Recently Nominet revealed that they were over 7 million registered .uk domain names. One million of those domain names were registered in the last year. In a recent survey of British internet users it was revealed that 72% of British internet users were more likely to choose…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 8, 2008
Dell Denied Trademark for CLOUD COMPUTING

Dell Denied Trademark for CLOUD COMPUTING

Looks like rain?[/caption] It has recently emerged that the USPTO (the US trade mark registry) has denied Dell a trade mark for the phrase CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTIONS on the ground that it is generic and used to describe a wide variety of computing activity.  Dell spokesman said that ‘The application was…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 3, 2008
Is Licensing Misuse Piracy?

Is Licensing Misuse Piracy?

Polly and friend[/caption] Microsoft recently made the statement that they consider any unlicensed use of their software to be an act of piracy regardless of whether the use is intentional or not. Traditionally piracy is defined as illegally copied or counterfeit software. Microsoft spokesman Keith Beeman gave an interesting interview to…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | September 1, 2008
Scotch Whisky

Scotch Whisky

Scotch brandy?[/caption] Scottish Whisky was given legal protection in China last week when the Scottish Whisky Association made a deal with the Chinese government to register a collective trade mark which acts as a geographical indicator. The protection will cover “Scotch Whisky” as well as its Chinese translation. The registration will…Read more »

By Shireen Smith | August 28, 2008
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