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Da Taylors Code

» Posted on: 10 August 2006
» Posted by: Tony Catterall
» Service area: Intellectual Property

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Taylors are back in the news as the high court battle between two authors and the publishers of The Da Vinci Code has gripped book lovers and the business world alike.

Author Dan Brown and his publishers are facing allegations that his £40m book the Da Vinci Code has breached copyright by stealing ideas from a book published in 1982.

The case itself is supported by a House of Lords decision won by nationally acclaimed Intellectual Property lawyer Tony Catterall of law firm Taylors. Tony’s case concerned the copying of a fabric design originated by his client the international furnishings company Designers Guild but Tony’s case sent plagiarists running for cover and has a wide ranging application to all creative things not limited to designs or books but also for example to computer programmes.

The case recently assisted Lancashire based BusinesssLinx win in its action (also handled by Tony) over the ownership of their bespoke computer programme which co-ordinated the movement of immigrant workers for the Home Office.

Catterall says “In a commercial context those copying wait until they see a guaranteed best-selling product before they make their copy thereby saving cost and risk”.

So if you believe that you have been copied – you should call in the experts. If you thought that you could get away with ripping off a competitor you had better watch out for a letter from Tony Catterall!

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