The Walker Morris IP Group in 2013

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2013 has been a busy year for the Walker Morris IP Group, a year in which we have acted on a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Obviously we cannot divulge the matters upon which we are instructed but two in particular have been in the news. In October, we successfully acted for Andy Powell in the high-profile band dispute involving former members of the rock band Wishbone Ash. The case was heard in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and was an important result not only for our client but for the music industry more generally. Further details are provided here.

Earlier in the year, Walker Morris successfully acted for Hotel Cipriani in the latest round of infringement proceedings concerning its CIPRIANI mark for restaurant services. The proceedings in the High Court were concerned with whether the defendant’s use of certain words containing the “Cipriani” name breached the terms of an injunction protecting the mark which had been granted by the High Court in 2009. The CIPRIANI litigation, particularly the Court of Appeal’s decision concerning well-known marks, has broken new ground in trade mark law. Further details are provided here.

To coincide with World IP Day, which takes place on 26 April every year, the Walker Morris IP Group held a day of events to assist individuals and organisations in understanding their IP rights and to celebrate creativity and innovation. Guests heard first hand from business people who had experience of commercialising innovation and creativity and of the potential benefits and pitfalls. In the evening the guests heard from Professor Graeme Gooday and Liz Bruton from the University of Leeds regarding the history of invention, followed by Patrick Warrington, of Calrec Audio and the inventor of Calrec’s revolutionary Bluefin technology. The most fascinating insight from the day was the seeming lack of knowledge of how to protect IP in inventive and creative sectors with the key lesson being for businesses, however big or small, to have an awareness of their potential IP rights, enough so that they know when to find out more. Look out for news on how Walker Morris will be celebrating World IP Day next year.

Finally, in January we welcomed Trudy Feaster Gee as the Head of the Walker Morris Competition practice. Trudy is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience of all aspects of EU and UK competition law across a wide range of sectors, including of course the competition and regulatory aspects of intellectual property law.