Copyright in logos was considered recently by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Once again IPEC has contributed another very helpful decision to English law for businesses related to the Internet by way of another judgment from His Honour Judge Richard Hacon.
The case is Atelier Eighty Two Limited and Klinworx Climbing Centre CIC and 2 other defendants  EWHC 2291 (IPEC).
The dispute was about ownership of copyright in logos but it affects all creative design and development work including website design and development.
the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has multi-track and small claims track procedures. The small claims track procedure is particular useful to eCommerce (Internet)businesses who trade multiple branded products online and are continually victims of infringement but are put off by the prospect of long, complicated and expensive litigation. Small claims are suitable for cases of a value around £10,000 and costs are severely restricted. Damages in the multi-track procedure are limited to £500,000 and there is a cap of £50,000 on costs.
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Copyright assignment agreements or licences are routine in Internet business but they can be one of the more difficult aspects of a copyright infringement case for an intellectual property lawyer to prosecute. There are many other issues that can quickly become tricky such as what works are being relied upon as infringed, what rights are granted and being alleged as infringed, who made them exactly, when and in what circumstances where they made,