Conference call: A good year for brand owners


Conference call: A good year for brand owners

A variety of speakers addressed King & Wood Mallesons’ annual IP case review in London. WIPR was at the seminar.

“The year 2014 was a good one for brand owners in the English courts,” David Rose, partner at King & Wood Mallesons, tells WIPR. Rose’s comments follow the firm’s annual conference on trademark and copyright court cases from the EU and UK.

The January 21 seminar, A Year in Review: Trade Marks, Designs & Copyright, brought together a collection of speakers who generally agreed it had been a good year for brand owners.

The first speaker, Michael Silverleaf QC, a barrister at 11 South Square, applauded the “finely balanced” decision in Richemont v BSkyB, BT, EE et al from last October at the English High Court. It was notable because it was the first time a trademark owner (Richemont) obtained an injunction in the UK forcing an internet service provider to block a website selling trademark-infringing goods. Previously, injunctions had been obtained only on copyright infringement grounds.

King & Wood Mallesons; Richemont; intellectual property; David Rose