IP and IT Articles

Dealing With Subject Access Requests

Many businesses regard the Data Protection Act 1998 as something that merely requires a lot of form filling and the payment of fees, but there...

Cookie Law

The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 require consent to be obtained for the use of cookies and similar technologies for storing information,...

Guide to the Technology and Construction Court

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has issued updated guidance to assist those engaged in litigation bound for the TCC. This takes into account developments in...

Patent Searches Improved

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....

Data Protection Policies and Personal Devices

A recent YouGov survey showed that 47 per cent of all UK employees now use their smartphone, tablet PC or other portable device for work...

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IP and IT News

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...

Developing Others’ Ideas Can Itself Be Novel and InventiveApril 26, 2017

Patents that merely repeat pre-existing ideas are invalid – there has to be something novel about an invention to secure patent protection. However, that does...

Customer Details Email Leads to Fine for Ex-EmployeeApril 10, 2017

When an employee left her recruitment agency employer, she took the dubious step of emailing to her private email address the personal data of about...

Business Sales and Domain RightsMarch 27, 2017

Buying and selling a business can be a complex matter and engaging a professional to make sure that deals are watertight and all the necessary...

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