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Joshua is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property and Technology Protection and Enforcement team. He practices in all areas of intellectual property litigation including copyright, design, trademark and patent, primarily in proceedings issued in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. In addition, and as part of reputation management, he also specialises in proceedings for libel, slander and malicious falsehood. Joshua works with a variety of high end to high street fashion designers and retailers, including household names, assisting in the protection of their intellectual property rights in the market. He also works with an array of commercial entities in various sectors assisting in the protection and enforcement of their key brands, trademarks and product technologies. Finally, he advises both individuals and businesses in the protection of their reputations in the media and online.
Can the assignment of a patent be retroactively effective?
If a building plot with planning permission is purchased, is there an inherent right to build according to the plans and specifications of the planning permission or would such use constitute infringement of the design rights and copyright in the plans? If permission is required, how and from whom can permission be sought?
In section 17 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, it says ‘Copying in relation to a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work means reproducing the work in any material form’. By ‘material’, does it mean substantial or tangible/physical/actual?
Is it trade mark infringement to affix the name of a religious figure to a product in circumstances where the name of the religious figure is already registered as an EU or UK trade mark in relation to identical or similar products?
Is there a risk of a claim for defamation being made against a company as a result of statements made at a company meeting? What defences are available?
To provide for an effective assignment of future copyright works by a licensee back to the licensor (for example, the assignment back of future improvements made by a licensee) is the original license by the licensor sufficient consideration or does the practitioner need to draft nominal consideration into the operative clause?
What impact will Brexit have on patents and SPCs?
What rights and restrictions does implied joint ownership of IP bestow on the respective parties?
What will be the impact of Brexit on UK national database rights? What might be ahead for UK database rightholders who have created databases deployed in the EU and for EU27 nationals and EU27 companies who have had or require legal protection of databases in the UK?
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