In what may be a test case for trademark owners battling counterfeiters, the UK High Court has ordered five internet service providers (ISPs) to block websites that were advertising and selling bogus goods. The ruling could have implications beyond Britain, the court said. ISPs, meanwhile, said the best way to handle infringing websites is to remove them at source rather than blocking.
“Internet Governance at a Crossroads” was the title of the Geneva Internet Conference, which took place in Geneva this week for the first time.
Australia this week at the World Trade Organization said the tobacco industry is applying a “well-known tactic” of instilling a “regulatory chill” on WTO members’ efforts to implement plain-packaging anti-smoking strategies. It also said pro-tobacco countries should not keep putting the issue on WTO committee agendas while the dispute settlement cases are running their course.
Some publicity has been made and communication directly addressed to patent attorneys about strike actions which have been called by a minority of employees at the EPO on certain days in November (20, 25, and 26) and December 2014 (2 to 4; 8 to 11; and 15 to 19 inclusive).
Today the long-awaited Opinions of the Advocate General on the legal challenges by Spain against the unitary patent package have been issued by the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU).