The Importance Of Patent Protection – Why GoPro’s Shares Tumbled

The Importance Of Patent Protection – Why GoPro’s Shares Tumbled

We often hear about the importance of patent protection for innovations. Patents can be one of the most valuable type of intellectual property a business can own. However, in practice, it is difficult to predict the value patent protection brings to a business. It can take many years to secure a patent from the research...Read More »

By Our Team | January 26, 2015
#JeSuisCharlie Creator: Phrase Cannot Be A Trademark

#JeSuisCharlie Creator: Phrase Cannot Be A Trademark

Concerns have been raised over attempts to monopolise a phrase made famous in the wake of an international tragedy. Jaochim Ronson, the creator of the image portraying the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’, has voiced his concerns that commercial interest in the phrase could ruin the sentiment behind it. To Ronson, ‘I am free, I am...Read More »

By Our Team | January 21, 2015
How To Get Copyright Permission And Avoid Copyright Infringement

How To Get Copyright Permission And Avoid Copyright Infringement

In part one of our blog post, Is Posting Photos On Twitter A Breach Of Chefs' IP?, we looked at the law relating to copyright in images. In this second part, we look at how the use of stock libraries and Creative Commons Licences can minimise the risk of copyright infringement, what to look out...Read More »

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Is Posting Photos On Twitter A Breach Of Chef’s IP?

Is Posting Photos On Twitter A Breach Of Chef’s IP?

This is the first of a series of blogs in which I look at intellectual property issues in different sectors. I will be considering the extent to which IP protections such as patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, and know how protect business models. This week the spotlight is on the IP issues that arise for chefs,...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 14, 2015
Can You Take Images Off The Internet And Use Them In Your Blog Posts Or Newsletters?

Can You Take Images Off The Internet And Use Them In Your Blog Posts Or Newsletters?

Images bring blog posts and articles alive. Downloading them from the Internet is just a matter of a few simple clicks. But are you infringing copyright if you use them? In the first of a two-part article on images, we look at this complex area of law. Great images bring a blog or article alive....Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 9, 2015
Why Your Employees’ Smartphones May Be Putting Your Company At Risk

Why Your Employees’ Smartphones May Be Putting Your Company At Risk

Everyone seems to carry a smartphone these days. Many of these are owned by employees, and are used to access their company’s private information. This raises key issues relating to security and data protection. Is your company exposing itself to risk? Before we look at this (below), it’s worth summarising some of the principal general...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 7, 2015
Intellectual Property Rights – Why Ignoring Them Could Be Disastrous For UK Businesses

Intellectual Property Rights – Why Ignoring Them Could Be Disastrous For UK Businesses

Good news for UK business this month. The UK is ranked as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe and the world’s second most innovative country. The Global Entrepreneurship Index measures start-up progress in the world. Only the USA, Canada and Australia came above the UK. (See the Guardian report). For innovation we did even better,...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 29, 2014
From Net Neutrality To Copyright: Media Law Trends For 2015

From Net Neutrality To Copyright: Media Law Trends For 2015

With the Internet continuing to develop at a significant rate, media and IP law often struggle to keep up with the advancements. To get an insight into future developments in the digital world during 2015, the Guardian has written a piece highlighting some of the key areas for media professionals to monitor during 2015. Their...Read More »

By Our Team | December 19, 2014
Protecting Intellectual Property Online – The Latest In The Use Of Blocking Orders

Protecting Intellectual Property Online – The Latest In The Use Of Blocking Orders

There has been a significant push in recent years to address the issue of IP rights being infringed online. Following several changes in the law, and a number of landmark decisions, progress is being made to help rights holders enforce their intellectual property rights if these are infringed online. In the latest instalment, the decision...Read More »

By Our Team | December 18, 2014
What Does Copyright Cover?

What Does Copyright Cover?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was an immediate success when it was first published selling 6,000 copies. Yet, as mentioned in my blog Copyright Protection: How to manage copyright in an unregulated space Dickens made little money from it due to piracy. In Victorian times copyright laws only protected a work inside the country in which it was first produced and created....Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 15, 2014
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