Information Technology Law Reports Volume 17 Issue 1

This issue of Information Technology Law Reports contains one Court of Appeal case, (I) Cartier International AG (2) Montblanc-Simplo GmbH (3) Richemont International SA and Cartier International AG v (1) British Sky Broadcasting Limited (2) British Telecommunications PLC (3) EE Limited (4) TalkTalk Telecom Limited (5) Virgin Media Limited and The Open Rights Group (Intervener). The Court of Appeal endorsed the decision of Arnold J that the High Court had the power and jurisdiction to make freestanding web-blocking orders. The case will have ramifications outside trade mark and other intellectual property disputes. The decision will be cited as authority for the use of injunctions against innocent intermediaries.

Richard Budworth
Editor, Information Technology Law Reports

(1) Cartier International AG (2) Montblanc-Simplo GmbH(3) Richemont International SA and Cartier International AG (1) British Sky Broadcasting Limited (2) British Telecommunications plc (3) EE Limited (4) TalkTalk Telecom Limited (5) Virgin Media Limited and The Open Rights Group (Intervener)
Court of Appeal 
Civil Division
Jackson LJ, Kitchin LJ and Briggs LJ
6 July 2016
[2016] EWCA Civ 658
Intellectual property ‒ injunctions – blocking injunctions against internet service providers – actual knowledge ‒ infringement of trademarks – threshold conditions – intermediaries – proportionality ‒ Directive 2004/48, Article 11 –  Senior Courts Act 1981, section 37(1) – Charter of Fundamental Rights of the  European Union 2000, Articles 7, 8, 16, 17, 51 and 52 ‒ appeals dismissed.