Intellectual Property in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Al-Rawi & others v The Security Service & others
    • Supreme Court
    • 13 July 2011

    Similarly, where the whole object of the proceedings is to protect a commercial interest, full disclosure may not be possible if it would render the proceedings futile. I am not aware of a case in which a court has approved a trial of such a case proceeding in circumstances where one party was denied access to evidence which was being relied on at the trial by the other party.

  • Reckitt and Colman Products Ltd (t/a Colmans of Norwich) v Borden Inc. and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 08 February 1990

    First, he must establish a goodwill or reputation attached to the goods or services which he supplies in the mind of the purchasing public by association with the identifying "get-up" (whether it consists simply of a brand name or a trade description, or the individual features of labelling or packaging) under which his particular goods or services are offered to the public, such that the get-up is recognised by the public as distinctive specifically of the plaintiff's goods or services.

  • Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd v Bolton Pharmaceutical Co 100 Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 26 May 2006

    I doubt, however, whether the decision to have or not to have a trial of the action is much affected by the fact that it is heard by a specialist judge. I see no objection, for example, to the use of judges or deputy judges, who are not intellectual property specialists, to hear and decide applications for summary judgment in this field. I mention this topic and wish to say a little more about it for two reasons.

    I also wish to say a few words about the litigation expectations and tactics of claimants and defendants. Claimants start civil proceedings (including intellectual property actions) in the expectation that they will win and often in the belief that the defendant has no real prospect of success. So the defence put forward may be seen as a misconceived, costly and time-wasting ploy designed to dodge an inevitable judgment for as long as possible.

  • Fage UK Ltd v Chobani UK Ltd
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 28 January 2014

    It seems to me that the reason why it is necessary for the protected class of goods to be clearly defined, or defined with reasonable precision, is because the goodwill that the tort seeks to protect is a species of property. The boundaries are needed in order to delineate both what is protected and also who shares in the ownership of the protected subject matter. The action in passing off is directed against those who cross the boundary.

  • Biogen Inc. v Medeva Plc
    • House of Lords
    • 31 October 1996

    His expressed findings are always surrounded by a penumbra of imprecision as to emphasis, relative weight, minor qualification and nuance ( as Renan said, la v�rit� est dans une nuance), of which time and language do not permit exact expression, but which may play an important part in the judge's overall evaluation.

  • OBG Ltd and another v Allan and Others
    • House of Lords
    • 02 May 2007

    There is in my opinion no question of creating an "image right" or any other unorthodox form of intellectual property. The information in this case was capable of being protected, not because it concerned the Douglases' image any more than because it concerned their private life, but simply because it was information of commercial value over which the Douglases had sufficient control to enable them to impose an obligation of confidence.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Intellectual property rights
    • No. 25-1, March 2007
    • Library Hi Tech
    • 12-22
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of intellectual property justifications and the basics of intellectual property law. Design/methodology/approach: The paper examines in...
  • Intellectual Property & Global Policy
    • No. 8-2, May 2017
    • Global Policy
    This article discusses Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and in particular global IPR expansion. That globally protected intellectual property (IP) is more valuable than ever must be set against t...
  • Intellectual property
    • Construction Law. Volume III - Third Edition
    • Julian Bailey
    • 1377-1397
  • Management of intellectual property rights. Strategic patenting
    • No. 2-1, March 2001
    • Journal of Intellectual Capital
    • 8-26
    This article reviews emergent global trends in intellectual property protection and identifies patenting as a strategic initiative. Recent developments in software and method‐of‐doing‐business pate...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service court and tribunal forms
    Court of Appeal Civil Division forms including form N244 to apply for a court order.
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    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service court and tribunal forms
    Court of Appeal Civil Division forms including form N244 to apply for a court order.
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    • HM Courts & Tribunals Service court and tribunal forms
    Standard directions forms under the Children Act.
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