Are APIs Protected By Copyright? – Google v Oracle

Are APIs Protected By Copyright? – Google v Oracle

In the Google v Oracle dispute, the Supreme Court rejected Google’s application to have the case reheard to determine whether Google made fair use of Oracle's copyrighted APIs. This dispute began in 2012, when Google, creator of the Android operating system for mobile telephones, made use of Oracle’s Application Programming Interface (API). Oracle created the Java programming...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | July 6, 2015
Data & Brands – An Introduction To Creative Data From The Cannes Lions Festival

Data & Brands – An Introduction To Creative Data From The Cannes Lions Festival

Last week was the Cannes Lions week, where some of the world’s most known brands descended on the south of France for the world’s biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry. This year Unilever; Intel; Facebook; Twitter; AirBnB; Google; Vice and more, were amongst the most talked about brands....Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | July 3, 2015
SMEs And IP – FSB Reports They Struggle To Protect Their Intellectual Property

SMEs And IP – FSB Reports They Struggle To Protect Their Intellectual Property

A recent research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed that the price to be paid by UK’s small firms and start up businesses to protect their intellectual property would very often cost them their ability to develop and innovate. That is because taking care of your IP is costly and time-consuming and...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 30, 2015
Protect Your Trade Secrets – Protect Your Business

Protect Your Trade Secrets – Protect Your Business

Now that the European Parliament is in the process of introducing the new EU Trade Secrets Directive, we decided to put the spotlight on this topic and discuss in practical terms what trade secrets are, explain why employees are the biggest threat when it comes to trade secrets, and, most importantly, what steps employers should...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 23, 2015
Arbitration As An Alternative Dispute Resolution Method In IP – Pros And Cons

Arbitration As An Alternative Dispute Resolution Method In IP – Pros And Cons

With the recent launch of the Independent Press Standards Organisation's (Ipso) consultation into setting up a pilot arbitration service to widen access to justice, it is interesting to consider the advantages of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution method. Arbitration has increased its popularity in recent years, and could be very advantageous in IP matters due to its flexibility, private and confidential nature. Before agreeing to use...Read More »

By Antoaneta Rafailova | June 16, 2015
3D Trademarks – No Breaks For Kit-Kat

3D Trademarks – No Breaks For Kit-Kat

The latest in Nestlé’s attempts to trademark its iconic four-finger chocolate is at odds with EU Law. Back in 2012 we reported in our blog Can you trademark a colour? that Cadbury had managed to secure a trademark for its signature purple colour after a lengthy battle with Nestlé. If you have been following the...Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | June 11, 2015
Intellectual Property & Food Photography – 3 Steps To Innovation

Intellectual Property & Food Photography – 3 Steps To Innovation

We all have something to say when it comes to food but the real question is what are you doing with it? Other than eating it of course, the movers and shakers of the digital age have found innovative ways to give you more than just a culinary experience. Recently we wrote about 'Is Posting...Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | June 9, 2015
Trade Mark Infringement – What’s Skype Got To Do With It?

Trade Mark Infringement – What’s Skype Got To Do With It?

A recent General Court of the EU decision in the Sky v. Skype body of cases that has spanned the last decade, will not be the final straw for Microsoft.  According to the BBC Microsoft who owns Skype, after acquiring it in 2013, has announced its intention to appeal the decision. This may be seen...Read More »

By Our Team | June 3, 2015
Injunctions Against Torrent Sites For Copyright Infringement – Is This Practical?

Injunctions Against Torrent Sites For Copyright Infringement – Is This Practical?

The trial Last week the High Court made a ruling in the case of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and others v Sky UK Ltd and others. This case has become known as a the Popcorn Time case as it centred around the app of the same name and whether internet service providers (ISPs) were...Read More »

By Our Team | June 2, 2015
Image Rights – How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Image?

Image Rights – How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Image?

Last week, the Republic of Ireland readied themselves to vote on what was, for a catholic state, a very controversial referendum; yes or no to gay marriage. The BBC reported here how one family in particular had other controversial concerns about the referendum for an altogether different yet important reason. This family, unknown to them, were...Read More »

By Our Team | May 29, 2015
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