Category Archives: Intellectual Property

The shape of things to come?

Whilst the most common way to register a trademark is using a word or logo “mark”, there are other options available if your business uses something that is sufficiently distinctive enough, for example a colour, a smell or a shape. … Continue reading

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What a load of croc!

Love them or hate them, Crocs have become synonymous with summer months, gardening and splashing about in the surf.  But did you know that they recently lost their patent protection in the EU?  This means that you can expect to … Continue reading

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The first over the line – Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone (“DC”) is investigating a hacking attempt which involved almost six million credit and debit cards and over a million customer data records. The incident could be the first significant data breach to be investigated by the Information Commissioner’s … Continue reading

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Cambridge Analytica and the investigative and corrective powers of the ICO

I first heard about a company called Cambridge Analytica in January 2017.  Having an interest in data protection matters due to the nature of my work, I was actually fascinated by a company that claimed it could assist political campaigns … Continue reading

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Unjustified Threats

Intellectual property owners have always had to tread carefully when it comes to enforcing their rights.  Until recently, part of the law known as the unjustified threats provisions meant that it was possible for someone on the receiving end of … Continue reading

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Duran Duran lose out in High Court copyright case

Music has been big business for a long time.  The rewards for artists and their record companies, as everyone knows, can be immense.  Not surprisingly, this means that the rights which make money from the music at the heart of … Continue reading

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Don’t Burn Your Cakes

Have you managed by some miracle to avoid the furore which surrounds the Bake Off, or The Great British Bake Off as it is properly entitled? News of its sale to Channel 4 has reached unprecedented levels of media coverage … Continue reading

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Just not cricket

In an age when sports broadcasting deals involve millions if not billions of pounds, it is not surprising that broadcasters and governing bodies will take all the steps they can to stop anything that they see as infringing their intellectual … Continue reading

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Setting the Olympic bar

What better way to grab people’s attention than to take a ride on the back of the Olympic train? Remember the excitement surrounding the London Olympics. I attended some of the events myself and the buzz around London was staggering. … Continue reading

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What does Brexit mean for data protection in the UK?

UK businesses have for some time now been thinking carefully about what they will have to do to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  Brexit has not made their deliberations any easier. Data protection law in the … Continue reading

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