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Greenshoots is a collection of fresh intellectual property insight, analysis and commentary on the issues that matter most to those who invent, manage and protect intellectual property, written by the IP specialists of Appleyard Lees.

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Computing & gaming

IRONBURG V. VALVE: Protecting innovation in the USA

In a case of British “David” v. US “Goliath”, Ironburg v. Valve demonstrates the value for UK based companies to pursue a global patent strategy to protect their innovation overseas, particularly those in the gaming industry for which the US is a major market.

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Litigation

Pliteq Inc & Anor v iKoustic Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2564 (IPEC) (02 October 2020)

Appleyard Lees acted for the operator of an ecommerce website which successfully defended a High Court claim for trade mark infringement brought by its international suppliers, in one of the first trials held in the Intellectual Property & Enterprise Court remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic. The client recovered its legal costs in full up to the IPEC costs cap.

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Designs

Is expert evidence always necessary in design cases?

In one of the last IP rulings before Brexit, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (the IPEC) recently handed down its judgment in Rothy’s Inc v Giesswein Walkwaren AG [2020] EWHC 3391 (IPEC) finding that Rothy’s Inc’s (the claimant) Registered Community Design (RCD) in relation to a shoe depicting a Pointed Loafer was valid and infringed by Giesswein Walkwaren AG (the defendant).

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