IP and IT Articles

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...

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....

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...

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...

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

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...

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