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
Ways to build your brand on social media without risking your reputation

Ways to build your brand on social media without risking your reputation

'A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is' Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit Internet technologies have made it possible for ordinary people to post content online without the help of web designers skilled in HTML. Social media has caught on far...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 12, 2014
Protection of Television formats – The Great British Bake Off

Protection of Television formats – The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off isn’t just clever when it comes to cakes. By protecting its IP, it has been able to secure a fortune in licensing. The other day I met someone who told me that she had been advised that it is not possible “to have copyright in an idea”. As a result,...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 10, 2014
Licensing and franchising, what is the difference and does it matter?

Licensing and franchising, what is the difference and does it matter?

Recent comment in the FT illustrates some of the complexities faced by successful brands which have grown through licensing and franchising.  One of the key issues, is how ownership, control and use of the brand can be spread between different businesses.  The FT article, Virgin group: Brand it like Branson, is a fascinating look at...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 1, 2014
What is Intellectual Property? A Guide for Start Ups (Part 2 of 2)

What is Intellectual Property? A Guide for Start Ups (Part 2 of 2)

In this second blog post for ambitious start-ups during global entrepreneurship week, I focus on names, copyright and designs, as well as know how. In the first blog post, What is Intellectual Property? A Guide for Start Ups (Part 1 of 2), I looked at patents and trade secrets. There is much a well-informed start-up...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 25, 2014
What is Intellectual Property? A Guide for Start Ups (part 1 of 2)

What is Intellectual Property? A Guide for Start Ups (part 1 of 2)

To mark global entrepreneurship week, we are dedicating two blog posts to start-ups that are thinking big. This first one will cover patents and trade secrets and the second will be on trademarks and copyright. A start-up’s intellectual property strategy needs to take account of their budget (usually limited) and business objectives. The single most...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 17, 2014
Rebranding: When and why should you consider it?

Rebranding: When and why should you consider it?

This summer we rebranded Azrights by changing our logo, tagline and brand colours. In a separate blog Rebranding: Legal issues you can’t afford to ignore I explained the steps we have taken to protect our new brand. The reasons for rebranding Azrights go back a few years, and stem from the many books I’ve read since founding...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 14, 2014
Using Competitors’ Names in Adwords

Using Competitors’ Names in Adwords

In a past blog post, we reported an earlier decision regarding trademark infringement, M&S and Interflora. Here we discuss last week’s Court of Appeal decision to retry the dispute between M&S and Interflora, which means further uncertainty about whether you should bid on competitors’ trademarks when using Adwords. In May 2013, the High Court ruled...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 11, 2014
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