IP and IT News

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...

Fake BMW Goods Lead to JailNovember 15, 2016

Recent jail terms for the counterfeiting of goods, after a financial investigation by the Intellectual Property Office, show clearly the dangers of dealing in goods...

EU General Data Protection RegulationOctober 23, 2016

In the UK, the Data Protection Act 1998 sets out the principles of data protection in compliance with European legislation. The more recent approval of the...

Interflora Nips Keyword Ads in the BudOctober 19, 2016

A case concerning the use of a competitor’s name in ‘keyword’ marketing for Internet searches has now been decided and the ruling has implications for...

Trade Mark Rip-Offs – Landlords Beware!September 26, 2016

It is well known that counterfeit copies of leading brands are fairly commonplace, especially in online shops. Many will also know that Internet service providers...