In March 2018 the Irish Government published a bill that if adopted will implement some of the recommendations of the report of the independent Copyright Review Committee that was published in late 2013. The bill is described in the press release as being “intended to make better provision for copyright and other intellectual property (IP)...Read more
Nutrimedical B.V. and Aymes International Limited v. Nualtra Limited [ 2017] IEHC 253;As we all know principles can be very expensive, particularly when it comes to common law based trade mark litigation. This trade mark infringement case in the Commercial Court division of the High Court in Ireland is a classic example of the...
In 2013 the Irish High Court issued a decision which made comparative advertising a game of Russian roulette. It had significant consequences for Irish and UK advertisers running campaigns across both markets and was out of step with both European decisions and the policy goals underlying comparative advertising law. In Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd v...Read more
Things have become simpler in the .ie domain space. Previously it was necessary to demonstrate a bona fide claim to a domain name before the application would be accepted. This could involve providing detailed information by way of evidence and correspondingly had the effect of restricting the number of .ie domain names.Since 21 March 2018...Read more
[mp_row][mp_span col="12"]Around this time last year, it appeared that the commencement of the Unitary Patents System was imminent as reported in our article here. However, the commencement of the system and of the Unified Patent Court remains uncertain pending a constitutional challenge in Germany and also the UK’s final resolution of its Brexit arrangements.Although...Read more
Practitioners often assume that the law in Ireland in patent infringement cases is so similar to English law that the same result in multi-jurisdictional cases is almost a certainty. However, while the substantive law is indeed very similar, the procedure and the approach of the Irish courts can differ in numerous respects, all of which...Read more