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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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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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28 March 2019 0 Comments Posted in Brexit, Opinion

Racing for a Brexit deal

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The Grand National, which takes place later this week, was set to be the first major racing event to take place after the original Brexit date. Yet with the recently announced delay to proceedings as our Parliament tries to find a way out of the deadlock, Aintree should escape unaffected. But whilst the National Hunt season is drawing to a close, what will the impact be on those involved in flat racing and indeed looking ahead to next season?

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Websites and visual impairment – is the lack of functionality on your website or app leaving you vulnerable to claims already sweeping the US?

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Companies from Prada to Domino’s Pizza are facing claims of their apps or websites failing to provide full and equal enjoyment of services offered to the visually impaired.

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21 February 2019 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Private Client

Celebrity and Criminal Convictions: can existing law enable high profile individuals to ban reporting of their past?

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Can a law designed to enable the rehabilitation of offenders be a new route for celebrities to improve their reputations? The recent actions of some media law firms on behalf of their clients shows a new approach citing the need for rehabilitation as a means of achieving a ban on reporting previous convictions.

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31 January 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Drones – a new risk to privacy in the office

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Management of data risks is an ever-evolving responsibility. With recent media coverage of law firms photographing client documents on the desks of competitor firms the need to manage threats outside the building is now part of the risk management role. The latest threat to privacy faced by business is from the use of drones.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

How to manage your reputation in the digital age?

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Reputation is incredibly fragile in the digital age. Communication technology has generated a need for the constant production of content. This has placed enormous pressure on journalists to provide a continuous stream of news, in multiple formats. Members of the press must generate more material than ever before, and it has to grab the attention of readers, who have a vast array of information sources available.

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20 September 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized

Protecting your major business assets – what’s in a name?

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Most businesses have a clear picture of their assets. For example, the value of property, equipment and stock is integrally linked to a business’s ability to remain profitable and raise finance to grow and expand. However it is not just physical assets that have a value. Businesses also have intangible assets that can add significant value to the balance sheet.

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7 September 2018 0 Comments Posted in Technology & media

How to protect your financial information online – and how should organisations react to a potentially serious data breach?  

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You would be forgiven for feeling that large-scale data breaches are now becoming common. British Airways and the TV Licencing Authority are just some of the more recent organisations to have suffered online security issues which compromise the security of their customers’ financial information. 

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25 July 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Nestle fails to get its break

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The long running saga of Nestle’s Kit Kat came to a head today, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected Nestle’s appeal against an earlier ruling in respect of registering the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat.

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It’s not too late…

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Whilst the GDPR and the new Data Protection Act are now in force it is not too late to look at your compliance. If the Information Commissioner’s Office does receive a complaint about your data procedures or a breach occurs you will be in a far better position if you are working towards compliance than you would be if you had not put any measures in place.

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