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11 April 2014 Taking notice of contractual provisions

In Friends Life Ltd v Siemens Hearing Instruments Ltd a lease provided that “the Tenant may determine the Term on the Termination Date by giving the Landlord not more than 12 month’s [sic] and not less than six month’s [sic] written notice, which notice must be expressed to be given under section 24(2) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

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7 October 2013 Court of Appeal reverses Cadbury purple trade mark decision

The Court of Appeal has taken a u-turn on an earlier decision, granting Cadbury a trade mark registration for a shade of purple (Pantone 2685C) synonymous with its Dairy Milk chocolate bar.

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20 January 2012 PCC considers copyright in iconic London images

The Patents County Court (PCC) has found that copyright in a predominantly black and white photograph featuring a red London bus on Westminster Bridge (below left), was infringed by a later image created by combining two images using image manipulation software (below right).

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27 October 2011 The Informed User is Clarified as Pepsi’s Pogs Fail to Appeal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has followed the Advocate General’s opinion by dismissing an appeal against the General Court’s ruling that Pepsi’s design registration for “pogs” was invalid.

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19 September 2011 Google increases patent arsenal

With its recent acquisition of 1,023 patents from IBM, Google now owns approximately 20,000 patents.

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28 July 2011 Lucasfilm sees that dark side of the Supreme Court

A prop designer engaged by Lucasfilm to manufacture Stormtrooper helmets for the first Star Wars film has recently won his copyright battle to continue selling replicas in the UK.

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16 May 2011 Pepsi pog case appeal - the Advocate General's opinion

The Advocate General (AG) has advised the ECJ to dismiss Pepsico’s appeal against an invalidity ruling concerning a design for promotional discs known as “pogs”.

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24 March 2011 A Dame, a Knight, and a new arena in which to joust

The case of Dame Vivienne Westwood v Anthony Knight [2011] EWPCC 008 witnessed the first trial heard by HHJ Birss QC under the new Patents County Court (PCC) procedural rules.

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10 December 2010 A beginner’s guide to becoming more abusive

Nominet recently considered whether an initially non-abusive domain name registration might become abusive through its later use.

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24 September 2010 Liquidated damages, commercially justified

Liquidated damages clauses have traditionally been assessed on the basis of whether the clause in question represents a genuine pre-estimate of the loss suffered as a result of the breach.

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