IP and IT News

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...

Shape Must Convey Brand to Create GoodwillFebruary 14, 2017

Many household objects are of a similar shape and even where the shape of an object made by a manufacturer has a particular style, the...

Trade Mark Validity – It All DependsJanuary 31, 2017

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has implications for the owners of trade marks which are only used...

TalkTalk’s Fine for Data Protection Breaches – What it Means for YouJanuary 16, 2017

The recent fine levied on TalkTalk by the Information Commissioner shows the great importance of having an effective data protection regime in operation in any...

Renault Squashes Internet Entrepreneur in Web Domain DisputeJanuary 2, 2017

Building brands is a lengthy and very costly process and it is hardly surprising that brand owners take a very dim view of others benefiting...

IP Investment Exceeds Physical InvestmentDecember 16, 2016

Anyone doubting the importance of intellectual property (IP) in the modern economy will be surprised by the contents of a recent report from the Intellectual...

Online Trader Price Fixing Leads to £160,000 FineNovember 28, 2016

A company which deals in sports and entertainment products such as posters and stickers has pleaded guilty to breaching competition law by creating a cartel...