Data Protection Changes: How Will This Impact You After The General Election?

Data Protection Changes: How Will This Impact You After The General Election?

With the General Election looming, and the Conservative Party’s pledge to renegotiate Britain’s membership by holding a referendum to determine whether to remain in the EU, this could have far reaching implications in terms of emerging EU laws. One area where it would have significant impact if the UK left the EU, is the European...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | April 30, 2015
World IP Day 2015: A Change In The Tide For Music?

World IP Day 2015: A Change In The Tide For Music?

On 26 April, World Intellectual Property Day... celebrate[d] music with the aim of promoting discussion of the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity. As a part of this, there [were] ...discussions across the globe exploring some of the challenges and subsequent changes shaping the music industry today. A key change in the music industry...Read More »

By Our Team | April 28, 2015
Business Litigation:  Differences Between Employees And Contractors

Business Litigation: Differences Between Employees And Contractors

News that Uber drivers in California were claiming to be employees rather than self-employed contractors caught my attention this week because the ramifications for many modern business models could be huge as this bizjounals article points out. Many business models nowadays classify workers as self-employed independent contractors even though those individuals only have a single...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | April 24, 2015
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Bites Back In Internet.org India Row

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Bites Back In Internet.org India Row

Zuckerberg reportedly argued in a blog post that Internet.org's basic free services were not incompatible with net neutrality - the principle that all web services should be equally accessible. "We fully support net neutrality," he wrote. "Universal connectivity and net neutrality can and must co-exist." But critics were quick to respond. Writing in the Hindustan...Read More »

By Our Team | April 20, 2015
Copyright Laws UK: Getting Out Of Bad Contracts

Copyright Laws UK: Getting Out Of Bad Contracts

Percy Sledge, the well-known R&B singer, who is reputed to have written the song “When a Man Loves a Woman” died this week. While Sledge had a long and illustrious career in the music industry, his later works never reached the height of fame of his original song. Sledge is said to have composed the...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | April 17, 2015
Will The African Union Convention On Cybercrime Be Effective And Protect Human Rights?

Will The African Union Convention On Cybercrime Be Effective And Protect Human Rights?

With the rise in internet users across Africa cybercrime is a growing problem involving “gangs embracing more sophisticated ways to use technology, such as malware and botnets…” reports the BBC. The high number of African users means an estimated “49 million cyber-attacks took place on the continent in the first quarter of last year”. Experts...Read More »

By Our Team | April 14, 2015
Naming A Company? How Can You Avoid Trademark Disasters?

Naming A Company? How Can You Avoid Trademark Disasters?

When choosing a new name, it can be confusing to know the order in which to do things – such as registering domain names, a company name, designing a new logo and so on. People tend to do all these things and then only at the end of a branding project do they turn to...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | April 10, 2015
New EPO Ruling On Conventional Plants Creates Controversy

New EPO Ruling On Conventional Plants Creates Controversy

At the end of March the EPO issued two decisions in the highly publicised Tomato II and Broccoli II cases. Both of these cases involved seeds for plants that were grown conventionally or through “biological breeding methods involving cross and selection.” The EPO’s highest court stated that such seeds were patentable. Following the March decision...Read More »

By Our Team | April 7, 2015
International Trademarks – Madrid Protocol System

International Trademarks – Madrid Protocol System

While it is not possible to register “international trademarks”, the Madrid Protocol system provides the next best solution if the country in which you want to register has signed up to the Madrid Protocol. The current list of countries within the Madrid System has some notable gaps, such as Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | April 1, 2015
Design Infringement Claimed By Aston Martin

Design Infringement Claimed By Aston Martin

On 27 Friday 2015, Aston Martin filed suit against Galpin, in the Central District of California on the grounds that Galpin’s new prototype design for the Thunderbolt infringed their intellectual property rights. In particular, the claim is that the Thunderbolt draws on similar design features to the Aston Vanquish, such as the wings logo and...Read More »

By Our Team | March 30, 2015
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