Second Annual Postgraduate Forum at The City Law School

On 9th May 2013 Prof Jason Chuah, Head of School, Prof Lorna Woods, Associate Dean for Research, and Dr Mauro Barelli, Senior Tutor for Research, welcomed research students and members of staff to the second annual Postgraduate Forum of The City Law School. The event provided an opportunity for PhD students to present their work-in-progress … Continue reading

By Enrico Bonadio The relationship between standardization processes, intellectual property rights and competition rules has increasingly become of interest in the recent years. Recent investigations of the European Commission confirm that standardization processes and in particular ownership of IPRs that cover standardized technology might in certain circumstances infringe competition rules. The article first explores the … Continue reading

Andy Coulson Wins Appeal Over Legal Fees

By Snigdha Nag, employment law expert at The City Law School, City University London   Today, in an embarrassing loss to News Group Newspapers, Andy Coulson, the former Editor of the News of the World, has successfully appealed the High Court’s decision that Newsgroup Newspapers is not liable for his legal fees in phone hacking … Continue reading

Online Safety Bill

The Online Safety Bill today received its second reading in the House of Lords. The aim of the bill, which follows the recommendations of the Independent Parliamentary Enquiry into Online Child Protection, is to “make provision about the promotion of online safety” and as the preamble makes clear this extends to mobile phone operators as … Continue reading

Advertising Standards Authority and the Internet

There has been lots of discussion about press regulation and self regulation of late, with the PCC clearly in need of reform.  There are still voices arguing that self-regulation can work and often the ASA/CAP system is paraded of one such system of self-regulation that works. Certainly, the ASA is an effective organisation, but it … Continue reading

Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products Under EU Intellectual Property Law

Plain packaging is a new, yet unapplied, tobacco control policy tool. It would remove from cigarettes boxes all fancy and design elements displayed on packaging, such elements usually being registered by tobacco manufacturers as trademarks. The article explores the compatibility of this new measure with EU intellectual property law (in particular with trademark and design … Continue reading

Compulsory Licensing of Patents: The Bayer/Natco Case

On 9th March 2012 the Indian Controller of Patents granted the first compulsory licence in India. Indian generics producer Natco Pharma Ltd. has been granted the right to produce and sell in India Bayer’s patented medicine “Sorafenib”, which is useful for treating advanced stage liver and kidney cancer. After a brief introduction on cumpulsory licences … Continue reading

Stem Cells Industry and Beyond: What is the Aftermath of Brüstle?

By Dr Enrico Bonadio On 18 October 2011 the CJEU released its decision in Brüstle v Greenpeace. This is a widely reported case on the exclusion from patentability of inventions related to human embryonic stem cells (HESCs) on morality grounds. The article aims to verify whether the Brüstle ruling may expose the EU and some … Continue reading

Scarlet Extended SA v SABAM

Post by Enrico Bonadio In Scarlet Extended SA v SABAM, the ECJ held that EU law precludes the imposition of an injunction by a national court which imposes on internet service providers (ISPs) the adoption, at their expense and for an unlimited period, of a general and preventive filtering system with a view to preventing … Continue reading

James Murdoch before the select committee: The rules on giving evidence

Post by Prof. Lorna Woods James Murdoch has been called by the select committee to verify the evidence he gave to that committee earlier this year. The problem means that his evidence conflicts with that given by others, so somebody must – at best – be misremembering events. It is timely therefore to recap briefly the rules relating … Continue reading