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The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom recently handed down its judgment in the case of Lucasfilm Ltd & Ors v Ainsworth & Anor[the Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet copyright case]. According to the ruling, Helmets and harmours created for the characters of the Imperial Stormtrooper in the film Star Wars are not “sculptures”, and therefore are not copyrightable subject matter within the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Nevertheless, a claim for infringement of a US copyright is justiceable in the United Kingdom, provided there is a basis for in personam jurisdiction over the defendant.
In other news, the UK Government recently issued a consultation regarding the introduction of a 10% corporation tax rate on profits derived from UK & EPO issued patents.
Elsewhere, a Manhattan judge has dealt Christian Louboutin's US trademark a deadly blow by suggesting that the Trademark that Louboutin obtained in 2008 for “lacquered red soles” used in women's high fashion designer footwear is “overly broad” and likely to be unenforceable.
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The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) recently launched the much anticipated 'Peer to Patent' pilot initiative. The initiative will provide an online mechanism for registered members of the public to make observations on pending patent applications, allowing users to upload 'prior art' and discuss the merits of pending applications.
The final report of Professor Ian Hargreaves IP Review was recently been published. More information here
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