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Dan Griffin

Posted 4 February 2019
by Dan Griffin .

McDonald’s fail to protect Big Mac trade mark

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A branding challenge toppled the golden arches when a small Irish fast food company, Supermac, managed to block McDonald’s from trademarking the terms Big Mac and Mc throughout Europe. The European Union Intellectual Property Office ruled that McDonald’s had not…

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Dan Griffin

Posted 15 January 2019
by Dan Griffin .

Negotiating Software as a Service (SaaS) Contracts

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With the increase in cloud computing, SaaS has become a widely adopted model for procuring software that would otherwise require investment in hardware, hosting and development. There are a number of important considerations for the customer buying access to the…

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Dan Griffin

Posted 8 January 2019
by Dan Griffin .

How to oppose a trade mark application

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The Intellectual Property Office will usually send the owner of a registered trade mark a letter giving notice that an application has been received for the registration of a similar trade mark. This is usually the first they will have…

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Dan Griffin

Posted 25 September 2018
by Dan Griffin .

GDPR – How to Use Legitimate Interest

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There are misconceptions about the use of legitimate interest as a lawful grounds for process under the GDPR (Article 6(1)(f) and Recital 47). This is not a catchall provision which allows you to process personal data where you cannot find…

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Dan Griffin

Posted 4 July 2018
by Dan Griffin .

Using Images Online Without Permission

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Using images online without permission is not as prevalent as you might think, purely because the law offers image owners substantial protection against theft, unauthorised use, or copyright infringement. Copyright applies to photographs, drawings, digital designs and even video content….

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