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Fed circuit reverses willful infringement finding

Fed circuit reverses willful infringement finding

The Federal Circuit on Friday issued an opinion that struck a judge’s finding of willful infringement and the corresponding award of triple damages in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (No. 13-1668). The Court concluded that the defendants’ defenses were not objectively unreasonable, even though they were unsuccessful at trial. Chief ... Read More »

Revisions to the Walker Guidelines

Revisions to the Walker Guidelines

In response to calls for greater transparency within the private equity industry in the UK, Sir David Walker headed the creation of what has become known as the Walker Guidelines (the Guidelines). Published in November 2007, the Guidelines request, inter alia, that Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorised private equity firms ... Read More »

Revisions to the UK Code

Revisions to the UK Code

The Financial Reporting Council (the FRC) is the gatekeeper for the standards of corporate governance for the largest listed companies on the London market.   The FRC regularly reviews and refreshes the UK Corporate Governance Code (the UK Code) and has done so again recently.   The September 2014 revision of the ... Read More »

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

The Law Reports are littered with examples of failures by celebrities and the owners of well-known fictional characters to prevent third parties using their images, or the images of those fictional characters, on merchandise. Examples of well-known “losers” include Tarzan, the rock band Linkin Park, the pop group Abba, the ... Read More »

The UK’s new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Transparency is nothing to be scared of

The UK’s new Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill: Transparency is nothing to be scared of

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (the Enterprise Bill) was introduced to Parliament shortly before the summer recess. The bill will enter its Commons Committee stage during October.  Subject to the will of Parliament, the Government intends it to be passed into law before the May 2015 General Election, ... Read More »

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