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  • MEPs vote to end car part protection

    December 13, 2007

    Drivers who bump their car in the garage or scrape its bodywork in a collision could soon find the damage cheaper to repair after a vote in the European Parliament yesterday

  • Court clarifies key EU design terms

    November 01, 2007

    IP owners have been given more clarity about the scope of protection for design rights after a UK court ruling on air freshener cans

  • Microsoft falls into line with Commission ruling

    October 29, 2007

    Microsoft has agreed to comply with a European Commission decision ordering it provide cheaper access to information that allows rivals to produce products that are interoperable with its own

  • Microsoft allies highlight compulsory licence fears

    October 01, 2007

    The Court of First Instance's recent antitrust decision against Microsoft could affect the way in which many more companies license their IP rights

  • RCD enters new phase

    October 01, 2007

  • Microsoft allies highlight compulsory licence fears

    September 20, 2007

    The decision by the Court of First Instance to uphold a €497 million fine imposed on Microsoft by the European Commission could lead to more companies being forced to license their IP to rivals, lawyers say

  • CFI rejects Microsoft’s IP defence

    September 17, 2007

    The Court of First Instance of the European Court of Justice (CFI) has set out three “exceptional circumstances” under which a refusal to license IP rights can be an abuse of competition law, in its rejection of Microsoft’s appeal against a European Commission-imposed fine

  • European court refuses to hear banking patent case

    September 17, 2007

    A US security technology company that has accused the European Central Bank of infringing its IP rights in technology used to produce bank notes has suffered a setback after the Court of First Instance of the European Court of Justice (CFI) refused to hear the dispute.

  • Microsoft to learn ECJ fate on Monday

    September 13, 2007

    Microsoft’s appeal against a European Commission decision to fine it nearly half a billion euros will be decided at 9.30 central European time on Monday

  • Rambus under fire in Europe

    September 01, 2007

  • Rambus under fire in Europe

    August 24, 2007

    The European Commission has signalled that it will get tough on technology companies it suspects of launching so-called patent ambushes, after sending a Statement of Objections to US chip technology licensing company Rambus

  • EU patent litigation push stumbles

    July 02, 2007

    Patent owners, lawyers, judges and officials failed to break the impasse over the future of patent litigation in Europe, following a two-day symposium in Munich last week

  • The EU's counterfeit challenge

    July 01, 2007

  • Uncertainty over trade mark use in EU

    July 01, 2007

    Trade mark owners face disharmony in Europe when it comes to assessing when the five-year period during which they have to use their trade marks begins and ends

  • Software patent controversy rages

    July 01, 2007

    Two years after the failure of the EU computer implemented inventions directive, the debate over protecting software is as passionate as ever

  • EU seizes record number of fakes

    June 04, 2007

    The European Union seized more than 250 million fake and pirated goods at its borders last year, up from 75 million in 2005

  • ECJ called on to address dilution

    June 01, 2007

    The UK's Court of Appeal has sent three questions to the European Court of Justice in a dispute over alleged dilution of the Intel trade mark

  • P&G loses 3D mark appeal

    May 30, 2007

    Procter & Gamble has failed to persuade the Court of First Instance to allow it to register the three-dimensional shape of its washing powder tablets as a Community trade mark

  • No CTM for Black & Decker's black and yellow

    May 15, 2007

    The Court of First Instance has today dealt a blow to tool maker Black & Decker's attempt to register its yellow and black trade marks as Community trade marks, after it ruled that Swedish company Atlas Copco had fulfilled the necessary opposition requirements

  • Belgian brewer battles over bubbly

    May 01, 2007

    Europe's highest court has said it favours a "broad definition" of comparative advertising, which could lead to more adverts falling within the scope of an EU directive regulating the practice

  • Commission faces fight over lower fees

    February 01, 2007

    The European Commission's plans to introduce regular reviews of CTM fees are likely to lead to further reductions. These will be welcomed by rights owners - but opposed by some member states. James Nurton and Emma Barraclough report


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