Our interaction with the internet is an all-time high and as consumers reliance on it for delivery of services and products and for income generation continues to increase. The monetisation of IP throughout internet usage has increased exponentially in recent times and so the protection required for consumers and creatives has undergone a much needed overhaul in recent times and for creatives, the introduction of the new snappily titled European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was hoped to update existing copyright laws for the internet age to afford greater protection.
A recent Court of Session case about intellectual property highlights that even Pre-action Protocol correspondence cannot cure a failure to plead fair notice or a legally relevant case. Solicitor Advocate Jamie Reekie and Associate Lynn Richmond, both of BTO solicitors LLP, discuss.
In 2014 the technology law landscape changed significantly when the High Court in England ordered some of Britain’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites purportedly selling counterfeit goods.
Like many aspects of Brexit, the future remains uncertain. Commercial common sense dictates that in the world of intellectual property, like many other areas, agreement will need to be reached between the UK and EU which preserves the ability to trade and conduct commercial relations on a continuing basis. However, in the absence of agreement with Brussels, there are no guarantees.