Shoosmiths lawyers contribute to landmark IP book

Shoosmiths lawyers contribute to landmark IP book


Author: Perry Buck


Intellectual Property (IP) experts at national law firm Shoosmiths have contributed to a number of cases in a new book about landmark European decisions.

Landmark IP decisions of the European Court of Justice 2008-2013
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'Landmark IP decisions of the European Court of Justice 2008-2013' book

The new book, 'Landmark IP decisions of the European Court of Justice 2008-2013' sets out the most celebrated IP cases of the past five years across the European Union. 

Shoosmiths IP and creative industries lawyers Jo Joyce and Anastasia Fowle have both authored chapters of the book. 

Jo Joyce's chapter looks at the IP consequences of a group of pubs showing Premier League matches for customers using foreign decoder cards and set top boxes. The court ruled that the pubs were not infringing the copyright of the events themselves even though they were not to show the broadcasts to their customers. 

Jo is an information rights specialist and is visiting lecturer in Media Law at City Law School, London. 

Anastasia Fowle's chapter looks at a judgment relating to a long running dispute between L'Oreal and eBay over sale of L'Oreal products without their consent. The decision of the court upheld a previous decision against eBay on behalf of L'Oreal for copyright and IP infringement of its products. 

Anastasia is a partner in the Shoosmiths IP and creative industries team and also a visiting lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. 

Shoosmiths' UK-wide IP and creative industries team is one of the most comprehensive in the country with more than a dozen dedicated specialists covering digital, music, publishing, fashion, gaming, cyber security, branding and design. The team also sits in a wider 10-office national network with the breadth to offer creative industry clients the very best advice across the business spectrum.

Gary Assim, head of Shoosmiths' national IP and creative industries team, said: 'Both of the cases highlighted by our team in this new book are of landmark significance affecting the way millions of consumers access goods and services in the UK, with wider implications across the EU. The expertise that we have built in the team means we can act for companies large or small, in the UK and overseas, giving them a service which spans the full spectrum of IP law. 

'Our commitment to excellent service delivery really separates us from the competition. The majority of our lawyers have worked in-house, meaning they are acutely aware of the demand to deliver meaningful business solutions in context, rather than just pure legal advice. 

'Our ambition is to create the UK's leading intellectual property and creative industries legal team and the publication of this book, highlighting the leading cases in Europe over the past five years, helps to establish us as the go-to team for cutting-edge legal advice in this sector.'