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27 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Key change in copyright law this week – could you be impacted?

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As I reported last summer, Section 52 of the UK’s Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1988) was repealed on 28 July 2016. A consequence of the change was to bring certain works of artistic craftsmanship back into ‘copyright’. This change could have a significant effect in many sectors. The transitional period ends tomorrow on 28 January 2017. If you are in one of the sectors that could be impacted, including the jewellery industry, here is what you need to know.

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26 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Do you breach data protection? Hefty fines could be coming your way

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If you fail to follow the correct process and protect personal data, there could be serious financial, commercial and reputational implications – including possible criminal penalties and fines. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches.

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12 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Royds Withy King share pearls of wisdom at jewellery trade show

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Partner Stephen Welfare recently took part in a business advice clinic at the IJL Trade Show at London Olympia.

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26 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Copyright changes to come into force

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Changes to intellectual property law, set to take effect later this month, will extend the length of copyright protection for certain artistic works. The decision to repeal Section 51 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act has been welcomed by …

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Brexit and intellectual property

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The Referendum result has caused many businesses to be concerned about their European Community Registered Intellectual Property Rights.

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30 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Lawyers must deliver better service to tech-savvy clients

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Tech-savvy clients in a fast-moving digital age are becoming increasingly discerning of their legal advisers, but will pay for quality if it is delivered in a way they can understand. As a profession, the law has never been the fastest …

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27 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

IP guidance issued following much-publicised Supreme Court ruling

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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched new guidance on filing UK registered designs. The information has been released following a high-profile dispute earlier this year between PMS International Ltd and Magmatic Ltd (the maker of Trunki, a brand of …

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20 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Restaurateur falls fowl of Terms of Business

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Royds’ client, Christie + Co, recently succeeded in recovering its agency fee from a business woman following the sale of the Wild Duck Restaurant & Inn situated in the picturesque Cotswolds.  Christie + Co had been engaged on a Sole …

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A Longer Life – Extended Duration for Copyright in Certain Artistic Works

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Back in February 2015, I reported on the Government’s intention to repeal Section 52 Copyright Designs & Patents Act (“the Act”); something that Royds  (as Members of the Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association) had been lobbying for.  The new law takes …

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1 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

A Blog – “Who are you Threatening?”

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Salaried Partner, Stephen Welfare, looks at the Government’s latest Bill about Intellectual Property Rights.

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Report into IP strategy is published

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The Government has set outs its strategy for tackling infringement on intellectual property rights.

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29 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

EU intervenes in intellectual property debate

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has made the case that it would be unreasonable to expect all public networks to be secured.

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