Avoid strict sanctions when selling online
 

Strict sanctions for failing to comply with latest distance selling regulations

If you sell online, then you’ll want to make sure you comply with new rules introduced by the latest consumer regulations.  Businesses need to be aware of their impact, so they can update terms and procedures accordingly, and remain compliant, otherwise they face uncertainty, and potentially strict sanctions. In this article we look at some of Read the full article…

 
 

Ignorance not Bliss – Avoiding liability for infringing pay-per-click advertising activity

Often, businesses treat intellectual property just as something they need to own and register, without giving enough thought to the risk of infringement.  Even where the risk of infringement is considered, business owners don’t often realise that they could be liable for the actions of their contractors or employees, even if they are unaware of Read the full article…

  European Trademark Registration
 

European Trademarks

If you are doing business in a number of different European countries then, rather than registering your trademarks in each jurisdiction separately, you will likely apply for protection at the European level.  This enables you, through a single application, to  secure protection in all 28 countries (and counting).  Unless you only need protection in one or Read the full article…

  Pinterest will now have to change its name if it fails to obtain a licence from Premium Interest
 

European Trademark Office rules Pinterest doesn’t own rights to its name

Social networking giant Pinterest lost its trademark battle against Premium Interest, a London-based news aggregation start-up, following a ruling by the European Commission Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM). The implications of the EU trademark office’s decision is that Pinterest could be forced to change its name in Europe. Premium Interest, founded by Alex Read the full article…

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Battle of the Bands

Trademarks can be one of the most significant of IP rights as a recent case involving the band Wishbone Ash  demonstrates. The band was popular in the 1970s, and as often happens with bands, members came and went, so that eventually Andy Powell was the last man standing from the original group. He nurtured a Read the full article…

  Beware of Buzz Marketing
 

Online Brand Protection

Beware of buzz marketing. Writing fake online reviews can land your business in serious trouble and cost you more than you gained in reputation or sales, as evidenced recently by a host of SEO companies caught up in New York’s “Operation Clean Turf”. A year-long undercover investigation into the reputation management industry caught 19 small Read the full article…

  Trademark Registration A Lack of Finality?
 

Trademark Registration – A Lack of Finality?

Over half a million trademark applications are filed each year throughout Europe, and a memo of the European Commission indicates that as of March 2013 there were nearly 10 million trademarks listed in European registers.  Putting it mildly, the Commission notes that “The demand for trade mark protection is high”.  But if you consider the Read the full article…

  SkyDrive
 

SkyDrive Set for a Skydive? – Cloud computing service faces dispute over similar trademark

A recent decision of the High Court provides a useful illustration of the breadth of the rights granted by trademark registration.  In that ruling the use of SKYDRIVE by Microsoft for its cloud storage solutions, was found to infringe the trade mark SKY, used in connection with, among other things, broadband internet.  For context it is Read the full article…