Intellectual Property: A fine balance
Weighing up the design rights of manufacturers against the consumer's right to choice has long been a challenge for the IP courts in classifying the 'ownership' of spare parts design. Philip Weaver looks at the implications of the recently concluded Dyson case
The recent case of Dyson Limited v Qualtex (UK) Limited, which was delivered on 21 December, 2004, has far-reaching implications for manufacturers of original goods and for independent suppliers of spare parts for such goods.
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