Mr Adam Cusworth

Adam Cusworth

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Intellectual Property

Asos 'supreme' – but what will a change in the law mean?
United Kingdom | 31 August 2015

​Following the Court of Appeal decision in the Assos v Asos trademark dispute, there have been two interesting developments which affect it. First, the Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal the Court of Appeal decision; second, the European Commission has set out plans to change the law so that the 'own name' defence will no longer apply to corporations.

'As seen at the Court of Appeal' – split decision on 'own name' defence in Assos v Asos
United Kingdom | 11 May 2015

The Court of Appeal has held that use of the 'ASOS' brand by well-known online clothing retailer Asos created a likelihood of confusion with and damaged the distinctive character of the earlier ASSOS Community trademarks owned by Assos, the specialist cycle clothing retailer, but that Asos could nonetheless rely on the 'own name' defence to avoid trademark infringement.

High Court warns not to delay when requesting a stay
United Kingdom | 26 August 2014

In proceedings in which the defendants had already been found liable for passing off and trademark infringement in respect of the BETTY BOOP trademarks, the High Court has rejected the defendants' application to have the remaining copyright infringement and trademark invalidity proceedings stayed in favour of earlier, related Italian proceedings.

You've been framed! High Court issues ISP blocking order
United Kingdom | 20 January 2014

The High Court has again shown its support for copyright holders, granting six major film companies blocking orders under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 against the six main UK internet service providers (ISPs). This is the latest in a line of cases in which copyright owners have relied on the act to obtain blocking orders against ISPs. However, the case highlighted two remaining uncertainties in this area of law.

No copyright in software functionality: SAS v WPL, the final chapter
United Kingdom | 13 January 2014

The Court of Appeal has issued its decision in the lengthy SAS Institute Inc v World Programming Limited litigation concerning the status of copyright in computer functionality. The court reached the same conclusion as the High Court, but disagreed with the High Court's reasoning in a number of key areas. The decision is a useful reminder of the perils of sharing computer program functionality in literature associated with the program.

Rihanna's image protected under 'umbrella' of passing off
United Kingdom | 23 September 2013

The High Court recently held that Topshop's unauthorised use of pop star Rihanna's image amounted to passing off. While previous cases have established that passing off can be used to prevent or compensate for the unauthorised use of a celebrity's image in false endorsement cases, this is the first English decision in which the principle has been extended to the unauthorised use of a celebrity's image in merchandising.

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

You've been framed! High Court issues ISP blocking order
United Kingdom | 21 January 2014

The High Court has again shown its support for copyright holders, granting six major film companies blocking orders under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 against the six main UK internet service providers (ISPs). This is the latest in a line of cases in which copyright owners have relied on the act to obtain blocking orders against ISPs. However, the case highlighted two remaining uncertainties in this area of law.