IP and IT Articles

Patent Searches

Checking for existing patents in force is easy (and free) if you use the UK Intellectual Property Office's (UKIPO) patent databases which are accessible online....

E-Commerce Law on Disclosure – Compliance Guide

The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations introduced specific legislation to underpin e-commerce. If your business has an Internet presence then you need to make sure...

The Eight Data Protection Principles

Anyone processing personal data must comply with the eight enforceable principles of good practice. Here is a checklist. Data must be: fairly and lawfully processed; processed...

Enforcing Copyright – The Basics

Copyright is a right that exists as soon as you create the copyright material. You do not have to apply for it. There are some...

ICO ‘Must Do’ Data Protection Guide

  The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a guide to protecting personal data, ' which it describes as outlining the procedures organisations must follow to...

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IP and IT News

EU Proposes Steady as She Goes on IP RightsNovember 30, 2017

In a knowledge-based economy, the protection of intellectual property is often of existential importance to businesses. With Brexit impending, the protection of such rights across Europe...

X Marks the Spot in IP BattleNovember 16, 2017

Trade marks are jealously protected by their owners. A recent case shows how even seemingly uncontroversial trade marks can be found to infringe existing trade...

Use It or Lose ItNovember 3, 2017

Having a trade mark is all well and good, but a recent case should serve as a reminder that failing to use trade marks may...

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...

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