Changing Commercial Circumstances, IP and the Revenge of the Common Law

Changing Commercial Circumstances, IP and the Revenge of the Common Law

IP has typically paid scant attention to the role of the common law. This benign neglect was disrupted in the 2015 UKSC decision in the case of Starbucks (UK) v British Sky Broadcasting. There, the Supreme Court addressed how the common law right of passing off should respond to fundamental changes in commercial circumstances. We will discuss the not entirely satisfactory manner by which the Supreme Court dealt with the issue, and consider what this decision might teach us about the place of the common law in modern IP law and practice. 

Speaker: Neil Wilkof
Moderator: Ellie Wilson

This event will take place on Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 at Kings's College London, Strand Building, S-2.08. For more information and to register, please click here.