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18 August 2021 0 Comments Posted in Corporate, Opinion

Deadline looms for filing UK trade marks based on pre-Brexit pending EU applications

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EUTM deadline

At the end of the Brexit transition period [31.12.20] the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) automatically created comparable UK rights for all registered EU trade marks. However, where EU applications were pending on the 1st January 2021, applicants were required to file a separate UK application if they wanted to protect their mark in the UK. Applicants were given a period of nine months to file a UK trade mark application if they wanted to claim any priority filing date from the pending EU application.

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Data Armageddon averted!

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The European Commission has formally adopted the adequacy decisions that will enable organisations to transfer data between the EEA and the UK without the need for additional safeguards.

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28 April 2021 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Facebook v Apple: tech giants square up over ad tracking and privacy

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A forthcoming update to Apple’s iOS that has the potential to take a substantial bite out of Facebook’s ad-generated revenue has sparked a war of words between the two California-based tech giants.

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So whose copyright is it anyway?

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Intellectual property ownership

In a recent case, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court decided that the ownership of copyright in works relating to software developed by an employee largely from his home, in his own time, and using his own computer, belonged to the employer.

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15 January 2021 0 Comments Posted in Grey Matters, Opinion

How Brexit affects GDPR

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GDPR-UK

Now the transition period under the Withdrawal Agreement has ended, the GDPR has been brought into UK law, as the ‘UK GDPR’.

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2 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Brexit, Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

The Brexit effect…. on trade marks

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Intellectual-property

With the end of the transition period fast approaching, it is not long until the UK falls outside the scope of the EU trade mark system. The Withdrawal Agreement contains specific provisions relating to intellectual property rights and whilst domestic UK trade marks will be unchanged, EU Trade Mark (EUTM) holders should be aware of how their trade mark rights will be affected.

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Do you need to comply with the Children’s Code?

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Associate Charlotte Ebbutt summarises the key points of the Children’s Code, the new statutory code of practice aimed at protecting children within the digital world.

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WIPO PROOF: Digital evidence for your intellectual assets

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WIPO PROOF

On 27 May 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched a new global online service that provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence at a point in time of any digital file, including data sets, in any format.

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World IP Day: Creating a green-tech innovation surge?

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World IP Day 2020

Sunday 26 April marks World IP Day. Rather appropriately, coming only several days after the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s theme is ‘Innovate for a Green Future’.

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Business alert: COVID-19 and intellectual property

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The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill

As the impact of the Coronavirus sees no sign of stopping, there will inevitably be an effect on the world of intellectual property. As with countless other businesses and organisations, the IP offices throughout Europe and the rest of the world are adapting their procedures to deal with the current situation.

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26 February 2020 0 Comments Posted in Commercial, Corporate, Opinion

What’s in the DNA of an NDA?

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Harvey Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison after being convicted of offences including third-degree rape. Further charges are expected; Weinstein maintains his innocence and plans to appeal.

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17 December 2019 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

Creative genius by artificial intelligence – but who owns the copyright?

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Artificial intelligence, once the stuff of science fiction, is now common place in our day to day lives. This is only set to increase rapidly over the coming years, but not without a unique set of legal challenges.

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