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CJ rules on copyright and design overlap

James Nurton, London

EU member states cannot pass laws that exclude from copyright protection registered designs that have entered the public domain, the Court of Justice has ruled

The judgment, released on January 27, came in an Italian dispute between Flos, which makes designer lighting, and Semeraro Casa e Famiglia.

Flos sued Semeraro in the Milan district court in November 2006, alleging that its Fluida lamp (imported form...

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