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Damages for infringing Copyright in Photographs - Absolute Lofts v Artisan Home Improvements

Author Bengt Nyman Creative Commons Licence Source Wikipedia Judge Hacon's decision in  Absolute Lofts South West London Ltd v Artisan Home Improvements Ltd and Another   [2015] EWHC 2608 (IPEC) (14 Sept 2015) is an interesting authority on how to assess damages for infringement of the copyrights subsisting in photographs. In this case, His Honour considered the principles for assessing both compensatory and additional damages. The Parties Absolute Lofts South West London Ltd ( "Absolute Lofts" )  claims to be the largest loft conversion company in Greater London while Artisan Home Improvements Limited ( "Artisan" ) offers fascias, block paving and loft conversions in Bradford. The owner of Absolute Lofts was   Craig Colton  ( "Mr Colton" ) and the owner of Artisan was  Darren Ludbrook ( "Mr Ludbrook" ). The Facts At various times Mr  Colton had taken photographs of loft conversions that his company has compl

The Pregabalin Trial: Generics (UK) Ltd v Warner-Lambert Company LLC

According to , pregabalin is an anti-epileptic drug which works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. A European patent for the drug was granted to Warner-Lambert Co, LLC  ( "Warner-Lambert" )(now a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc . ) under EP number 0 641 330. That patent expired on 17 May 2013 but was extended by a supplementary protection certificate ( "SPC" ) until 17 May 2018. That SPC was allowed to lapse on 14 Oct 2013 and Warner-Lambert's data exclusivity in respect of the data used to obtain the marketing authorisation for prehabalin expired on 8 July 2014. Since then anybody has been free to make, import or sell pregabalin for treating epilepsy and generalized anxiety disorder in the United Kingdom and several companies including some of the parties to these proceedings have done just that. notes that pregabalin also affects chemicals in the brain that send pain signals across the nervous system.