Intellectual Property | Apple Told They Cannot Pursue Patent Suit

A US bankruptcy judge has stopped Apple from pursuing ongoing patent infringement litigation against bankrupt photography giants, Kodak.

During the hearing on Thursday, Judge Allan Gropper said it’d be an “inappropriate way forward” to allow Apple to continue pursuing claims against Kodak, whilst the company was bankrupt. Continue reading

Data Protection | European Commission Criticised for Data Protection Overhaul

A key advisory body has criticised the European Commission for failing to implement tough rules into its draft legislation on changes to European data protection laws.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has warned that the rules laid out in the justice commissioner’s proposal, which was published at the turn of the year, fall short of an all-embracing overhaul of the 17-year-old Data Protection Directive legislation. Continue reading

Immigration Law | Immigration Work Could Be Made Reserved Legal Activity

Under suggested proposals by the Legal Services Board (LSB) providing immigration advice and services could become a reserved legal activity.

Currently, those who provide immigration advice but are not a solicitor, barrister or chartered legal executive have to be regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Continue reading

Intellectual Property | UK ISPs Lose Copyright Appeal

Two of the UK’s biggest internet providers have lost an appeal over controversial measures to tackle copyright infringement online.

BT and TalkTalk had complained that the legislation was incompatible with European law and put an unfair burden on them to pay the costs of the rights-holders’ crackdown on illicit downloading. Continue reading

Defamation | UK Court Rejects Google Defamation Case

The High Court has thrown out libel action being brought against search-engine giants Google over comments posted on a blog, on the grounds that there was no jurisdiction to try the claim.

The ruling from the High Court came at the end of a long running defamation suit taken by a former Conservative Party hopeful, Payam Tamiz. Continue reading