IP and IT News

Place Name Trade Mark Prevents ConfusionAugust 31, 2017

Newspapers periodically contain stories about the restrictions on use of terms that are geographically well known, for example the restriction on the use of the...

Shape Change Not InventiveJuly 26, 2017

For a patent to be valid, it is not sufficient that it is simply something new. There has to be an inventive step over the...

Internet Search Confusion Not Enough for Trade Mark InfringementJune 30, 2017

Argos is a well-known retailer in the UK and owns its trade name. However, the argos.com web domain is owned by a US company which...

Pioneering Psychologist Blocks Abusive Use of His Name OnlineJune 12, 2017

A recent case in which web searches for a pioneering psychologist led to a website selling shoes and clothes shows the extent to which Nominet,...

High Court Keeps Commercially Sensitive Product Information SecretMay 23, 2017

Litigation often requires disclosure of highly sensitive commercial details. However, as one intellectual property case concerning a mapping database showed, the courts do have sophisticated...

Developing Others’ Ideas Can Itself Be Novel and InventiveApril 26, 2017

Patents that merely repeat pre-existing ideas are invalid – there has to be something novel about an invention to secure patent protection. However, that does...

Customer Details Email Leads to Fine for Ex-EmployeeApril 10, 2017

When an employee left her recruitment agency employer, she took the dubious step of emailing to her private email address the personal data of about...

Business Sales and Domain RightsMarch 27, 2017

Buying and selling a business can be a complex matter and engaging a professional to make sure that deals are watertight and all the necessary...

Branded Goods Sold Without Authority Can Lead to ProsecutionMarch 16, 2017

It is well known that the sale of counterfeit goods is a criminal offence and prosecutions are by no means unusual. A recent case looked...

Backups Not For SaleMarch 1, 2017

Backup copies of software are made routinely, and the sale of software no longer used is also commonplace, despite the fact that in many cases...

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