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Regina v Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal, Ex Parte Ford Motor Company Ltd: HL 14 Dec 1994

Car parts which had no effect on appearance and were merely parts were not registerable as Registered Designs.The section applies only to items of design which will have their own independent use, and not only as part of a larger item. Registration was refused for the part in this case. Judges: Lord Keith, Lord Ackner, … Continue reading Regina v Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal, Ex Parte Ford Motor Company Ltd: HL 14 Dec 1994

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Gaskell and Chambers Ltd v Measure Master Ltd: 1993

The court considered how it should compare the design as registered and that of which complaint was made of copying: ‘The decision whether the registered design and the designs of the alleged infringements are substantially different is for the court and cannot be delegated to the opinions of the witnesses. It must be decided on … Continue reading Gaskell and Chambers Ltd v Measure Master Ltd: 1993

AMP Inc v Utilux Pty Ltd: HL 1971

The 1949 Act denied protection to the features of a design that were solely dictated by a product’s technical function. Held: A product’s configuration was solely dictated by its technical function if every feature of the design was determined by technical considerations, and did not qualify as a design. [1971] FSR 572, [1972] RPC 103 … Continue reading AMP Inc v Utilux Pty Ltd: HL 1971

Robin Ray v Classic FM Plc: PatC 18 Mar 1998

Contractor and Client Copyrights The plaintiff had contributed a design for a system of classifying and selecting tracks to be played on a radio station. He did so under a consultancy contract. Held: A Joint authorship claim required that the contributor had made some direct contribution to the words appearing in the eventual published item. … Continue reading Robin Ray v Classic FM Plc: PatC 18 Mar 1998

Heythrop Zoological Gardens Ltd (T/A Amazing Animals) and Another v Captive Animals Protection Society: ChD 20 May 2016

The claimant said that the defendant had, through its members visiting their premises, breached the licence under which they entered, by taking photographs and distributing them on the internet, and in so doing also infringing the performance rights of the claimant. Held: On breach of confidence, the parties had an arguable cases on each side, … Continue reading Heythrop Zoological Gardens Ltd (T/A Amazing Animals) and Another v Captive Animals Protection Society: ChD 20 May 2016

Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: CA 16 Dec 2009

The claimants had made several Star Wars films for which the defendants had designed various props items. The parties disputed ownership of the rights in the designs, and in articular of a stormtrooper helmet. The issues came down to whether the defendant had rights to reproduce images under sections 51 and 52. The claimants appealed … Continue reading Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: CA 16 Dec 2009

Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: SC 27 Jul 2011

The claimant had produced the Star War films which made use of props, in particular a ‘Stormtrooper’ helmet designed by the defendant. The defendant had then himself distributed models of the designs he had created. The appellant obtained judgment against the respondent in the US for punitive damages, but these had not been collected, and … Continue reading Lucasfilm Ltd and Others v Ainsworth and Another: SC 27 Jul 2011