This month we report on the IPO's successful claim to stop a third party renewal scam, in The Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks & Anr v Intellectual Property Agency Ltd & Anr. We also report on the CJ decision in Freistaat Bayern v Verlag Esterbauer GmbH, which considered whether geographical information extracted from a topographical map fell within the definition of independent materials for the purposes of the Database Directive.

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