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Intellectual property update

Susan Singleton considers: copyright in reports and plans; Reed v Reed; the new Act on enforcement; community registered designs; Remington; and the EU copyright directive

22 November 2002

The European Union continues its development of intellectual property directives and regulations. This article examines the recent community designs regulation and new designs regime and also notes the imminent implementation of the EU Copyright Directive of 2001. Other developments in the IP area include recent cases such as Remington and copyright legislation.

Copyright in reports and plans
Two recent cases have featured companies in trouble for copying documents and plans without permission. All purchasing and supply managers should seek to ensure no such infringements occur. In the first case Thomson, the media company, is being sued by a company run by a former senior executive. CCBN, which provides internet based investor services, says Thomson Financial used its board representation on CCBN for four years to copy CCBN’s business plans and used the information to enter the same business areas as a competitor. Thomson had two board seats at CCBN. ...

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