SCL IT Disputes Group event: Internet Blocking Injunctions after Cartier in the Supreme Court - Monday 26 November 2018, London

When: 26/11/2018

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Date: Monday 26 November 2018
Time: 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm (Registration from 5.30 pm)
Venue: The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DR. Map

Mark Culbert, Partner, iLaw

Benet Brandreth QC, 11 South Square 
Jason Coyne, IT Group UK Limited 

In Cartier v BSkyB, a trade mark proprietor sought an injunction blocking access by UK consumers to websites offering counterfeit goods. It was the first attempt to obtain an Internet Blocking Order outside of the context of copyright and the ISPs joined forces to challenge the application and to revisit all the issues raised by the grant of such orders. The grant of the order at first instance was upheld by the Court of Appeal. The question of the costs of implementation was appealed to the Supreme Court who, in giving judgment, recast the basis for the grant of the orders.  

The basis and scope of this hugely significant new form of relief is the subject of this session.

Benet Brandreth QC of 11 South Square, who appeared throughout for Cartier, will provide an explanation of the background and decisions at First Instance and Court of Appeal. He will also summarise the facts of the case, the original dispute over jurisdiction and the EU legislative context. He goes on to consider the basis of the Supreme Court decision on costs and its wider ramifications.  

Jason Coyne of IT Group UK will highlight the technical implications of the judgment and the subsequent impact on service providers.  

The key topics to be covered:  

• The jurisdictional basis for the grant of these orders 
• The threshold and discretionary conditions for obtaining an order 
• The wider ramifications of the decision on costs 
• Predictions for the future 
• Technical considerations 

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