Next Week in Hannover

Huťko assumes that every IT&IP enthusiast is aware of the conference taking place in Hannover next week. Commons, Users, Service Providers – International Conference brings together astounding amount of IT&IP scholars. Thus making it incredibly inviting event. If any of Huťko´s readers plans to come, it would be a great pleasure for me to meet

Likelihood of Confusion & Association – An Insight to Fresh Slovak Trademark Law

As I previously reported yet in 2009, new Slovak trademark law have entered into the force on the 1st of January. According to explanatory report to new Trademark Act No. 506/2009, one of the embodied changes is the replacement of term ‘interchangeability’ by ‘similarity’. This was done by copying and pasting trademark directive (hereinafter as

European Safe Harbours and the Future Case Law

This year could be incredibly ground breaking for European safe harbours. Despite of many preliminary questions, it´s unlikely (still believe in TM issue) that all of them are going to be answered. Although i think they should be (not just because of my interest). So let´s sum up, what we have at the “porch” of

My paper on keyword advertising

I´ve just published my paper “Selected legal issues of search engines – Keyword advertising” online. Unfortunately it´s only Slovak version of paper. You can find it at S0LA1N´s website. S0LA1N is a only Slovak non-profit organization focusing on IT&IP law. S0LA1N stands for Software Law Institute. Thanks to Dr. Eduard Szattler, director of S0LA1N. The

Maduro´s neutrality condition critisism

As i´ve pointed out last week, i never got the neutrality condition proposed by GA Maduro. As much as our opinions coinceded on the trademark issue, i couldn´t help to disagree with his reasonig on the hosting exemption. General Advocate stated that hosting exemption does not apply to AdWords, because of not meeting essential neutrality

Copyright protection of the Graphic User Interface

Yesterday, i´ve recieved the entire judgement (33 pages in Czech) of the City court of Prague which relate to case C-393/09 – BSA vs. Ministry of Culture of the CR pending before ECJ (see below). It deals with copyright protection of graphic user interface (GUI), collective administration of some economic rights to computer programs, possible

European Commission on information location tools

I encourage you to read latest post on ACTA by EFF. And also leaked comments of European Commission (EC) to US proposal of ACTA provisions. What i´ve found (inter alia) interesting is a part of this document, which relates to information location tools liability regime. EC provided it´s short opinion on safe harbour provisions in

Search Engines and Copyright

As out-law.com informed, Lord Lucas proposed new amendment to Digital Economy Bill (DEB). There are two significant copyright issues. One refers to organic search, whereas the second to copyright exceptions legislative power. So, let´s first get on the organic search. There are few (real) copyright issues in there. Indexing copies Made when search engine (SE)