Legal Business

Protect and serve – Europe moves to keep IP plugged into the digital age

With copyright and trade mark law reform top of the agenda in Europe, Legal Business talks to IP lawyers about the implications of a groundbreaking copyright case and the EC’s proposed changes to the European trade mark system.

`It always used to be that copyright cases were literally about copying – that’s hardly an issue any more,’ reflects Taylor Wessing’s Mark Owen, who joined the firm as a partner from Harbottle & Lewis in early April. He is talking about the long-running landmark copyright case NLA v PRCA (Meltwater), which the UK Supreme Court referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 17 April.