Patent Troll Problems – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Patent Troll Problems – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

A recent case, Smartflash LLC v. Apple Inc, which Apple described as a prime example of why the US patent system is flawed, saw the company ordered to pay over $500 million in damages. Smartflash LLC, a Texas-based entity, sued Apple in May 2013 on the grounds that Apple had infringed 3 of its patents...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 27, 2015
International Business & Globalisation Of IP

International Business & Globalisation Of IP

Nowadays many businesses are global from day one. Even though you may just operate out of a bedroom in your home, when you sell online, you are potentially doing business in every country worldwide. That’s because the Internet is borderless. In contrast, IP laws are territorial. This means your rights only cover the country in...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 10, 2015
Taylor Swift – Trade Mark Like It’s 1989

Taylor Swift – Trade Mark Like It’s 1989

It is very common for people to be confused between different IP rights.  We often hear from individuals interested in “patenting” their brand, or “copyrighting” their invention, because there is a widespread lack of understanding of the protection offered by different IP rights. Taylor Swift recently fell under the spotlight after applying to register over...Read More »

By Our Team | February 6, 2015
Content Is King – But Should You Let Others Use Yours?

Content Is King – But Should You Let Others Use Yours?

Content is important if you want to be found online. That’s well known. What is less understood is what the considerations are if someone asks to feature your content on their site. With the proliferation of news aggregators, chances are you will at some stage be approached to syndicate your content. So, should you give...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 2, 2015
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
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