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The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Anheuser-Busch and Czech competitor Budejovicky Budvar may both use the Budweiser trademark in the United Kingdom Case C-482/09, Budejovicky Budvar v. Anheuser-Busch Inc. 2011 ECJ (Sept. 22, 2011). The court found that because the companies used the marks in good faith for nearly 30 years and because U.K. consumers “ are well aware of the difference between the beers of Budvar and those of Anheuser-Busch, since their tastes, prices and get-ups have always been different, ” the company that owns the earlier trademark cannot “ obtain the cancellation of an identical later trade mark designating identical goods.”

The UK government is to create enterprise zones around the sites of the BAE Systems sites worst hit by the 3,000 recent job cuts.
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The European Commission has published the responses to its consultation on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Amaong the varying views are responses on the question of the suitability of Directive 2004/48/EC to deal with the challenges of the digital environment. Many criticised the shortcomings of the current regime, although internet service providers (ISPs) stressed that there was no need to change the Directive. More details can be found here

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