Media

European Commission issues formal charges in its investigation into Pay TV content licensing arrangements

On 23 July 2015 the European Commission (the “Commission”) sent a Statement of Objections to six major Hollywood studios (Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros) and Sky UK alleging that certain clauses in content licensing agreements between Sky UK and those studios restrict the cross-border provision of pay TV services and are in breach of EU competition law. In addition to the implications that this case may have on existing and future commercial licensing deals, the Commission’s actions also provide an indication as to how it intends to proceed on proposed changes to copyright rules across the European Union.

Trademark

Genuine Use In Only One Member State Is Not Sufficient To Maintain A CTM

Facts
The Claimant, Sofa Workshop, owned two CTMs for the word mark SOFA WORKSHOP. The registrations covered various types of furniture, textile, homeware accessories and retail services of a general store specialising in household furniture. The Claimant used the CTMs extensively in the UK but their use outside the UK was limited to advertisements in UK magazines which were distributed across Europe.

Remember, remember, remember: the need to challenge arbitral awards promptly

The Commercial Court’s recent decision in Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Sociedade De Fomento Industrial Private Limited [2015] EWHC 1452 (Comm) is a poignant reminder of the need for parties to challenge arbitral awards (whether partial or final) promptly and within 28 days under section 70(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996.