Copyright in Logos

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 [2015] 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.

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Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

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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Digital music downloads

Digital music downloads have new regulation. Those parts of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) that relate to digital music retail – streaming and downloading, and eCommerce websites will come into force 01st October 2015.

For those eCommerce businesses (retailers including those on Amazon, EBay and other third party websites) that comply with The Consumer Contracts (information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”) governing cancellations of purchases via websites and the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulation 2011 (amends the 2008 Unfair Trading Regulations) (the “2011 Regulations), the Act is to be read in conjunction with the 2013 and 2011 Regulations.

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Copyright Assignment Agreements

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,

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