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October 20, 2014

UK High Court tells ISP’s to begin blocking counterfeit sites

High_courtThe UK High Court has ordered the country’s top internet service providers (ISPs) to do more in the fight against the sale of counterfeit goods.

This landmark ruling is the first instance where a company has demanded sites be blocked over the use of trademarks, rather than just copyright infringements.

Sky, TalkTalk, BT, VirginMedia, EE and O2 have been instructed to block several websites seen to be selling knock-off versions of luxury items such as handbags and watches.

Cartier-Juste-Un-Clou-pink-gold-diamonds Montblanc_CreationsofPassion_2

The decision follows a complaint by luxury goods manufacturer Richemont, which owns the rights behind several major brands including Cartier and Montblanc, which argued that the sites were infringing on its trademarks by selling counterfeit products.

A Richemont spokesperson gave the following statement::

“We are pleased by this judgement and welcome the Court’s recognition that there is a public interest in preventing trade mark infringement, particularly where counterfeit goods are involved. The Courts had already granted orders requiring ISPs to block sites for infringement of copyright in relation to pirated content. This decision is a logical extension of that principle to trademarks.”

Wigan LLP, the law firm at the centre of the ruling, added:

“In a comprehensive judgement, the court has considered the enforcement methods that are presently available to trade mark owners when tackling infringement online.

The court has concluded that internet service providers play ‘an essential role’ and that the court can and should apply Article 11 of the Enforcement Directive to require the application of technical measures to impede.“

Affected sites:
cartierloveonline.com,
hotcartierwatch.com,
iwcwatchtop.com,
replicawatchesiwc.com,
1iwc.com,
montblancpensonlineuk.com
ukmontblancoutlet.co.uk,

Richemont also stated that it won’t hesitate to prosecute more sites in the future.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini