IP and IT News

Cases Show Care Needed in Protecting IPMay 11, 2016

The owners of two emblematic brands have lost their claims to Intellectual Property (IP) protection lately, in cases which highlight the need to exercise careful...

£490,000 Damages Awarded for Racing Brakes Patent InfringementApril 25, 2016

Intellectual property (IP) rights are fiercely protected by the courts, and the consequences of breaching them can be severe indeed. In one case, a company...

Small Businessman Beats BMW in Internet Domain Names DisputeMarch 28, 2016

In the area of intellectual property (IP) law, the small firm has every chance of defeating the megacorporation, especially as regards ownership of domain names. In...

Data Loss Triggers FineMarch 15, 2016

The employee of a car rental company who sold personal information relating to 28,000 customers has suffered fines and costs totalling more than £2,800 after...

Lack of Research Causes Trade Mark WoeFebruary 25, 2016

Recent cases show the importance of being in possession of all the relevant facts and carrying out thorough research before making a trade mark application...

Online Pharmacy Fined for Selling Customer InformationFebruary 11, 2016

In a move that sends out a clear message to other companies that the customer data they hold is not theirs to do with as...

Borrowed Pictures Cost £6,000January 21, 2016

The Internet is a not a free source of material, as a home improvements company found recently to its cost. When the company used photographs which...

Company Directors’ Duties – Negligence or Error of Judgment?January 7, 2016

Company directors inevitably make errors of commercial judgment now and again, but these rarely amount to a breach of the legal duties which they owe...

Kit Kat Shape Not a Trade Mark?December 7, 2015

The law of intellectual property is seldom simple or without surprises. In 2014, the High Court decided that the 'corrugated' shape of the Kit Kat...

Understanding Cyber Security – Free CourseNovember 17, 2015

A recent report revealed that 81 per cent of large organisations and 60 per cent of small ones suffered a breach of security in 2014. With...