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...

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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Agency Law Gives No Recourse to Dumped Software ResellerMay 28, 2018

Under law which originated in the EU, agents of firms have considerable protection if their agency is terminated, and can normally be compensated. This reflects...

Copyright Law Still Applies on the WebMarch 25, 2018

The idea that the Internet is a free-for-all is nothing more than a persistent myth and the consequences of publishing copyright material online without permission...

Copyright Law Still Applies on the WebMarch 25, 2018

The idea that the Internet is a free-for-all is nothing more than a persistent myth and the consequences of publishing copyright material online without permission...

Morrisons Held Vicariously Liable for Rogue Employee’s Data LeakFebruary 27, 2018

In a workplace context, an employer can be found liable for the acts or omissions of its employees, provided it can be shown that they...

Copyright Claim Success Does Not Necessarily Mean VictoryJanuary 25, 2018

When a man copied part of a photograph (showing the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's head) from a website, he probably had the commonly held (but...

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