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10 good reasons to register a trade mark

Posted on 25th April 2022 in Intellectual Property

I have never registered a trade mark for my business – what are the 10 benefits of trade mark registration and how much does it cost?

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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Joint ownership of copyright and the Ed Sheeran case

Posted on 07th April 2022 in Intellectual Property

The High Court has just handed down a judgment that Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” does not infringe copyright in the 2015 song “Oh Why” written by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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What are the key commercial considerations for trademarking a logo?

Posted on 28th February 2022 in Intellectual Property

Exeter Chiefs have unveiled a new logo in a daring move away from the current branding the club has used since 1999. The new logo will take effect from 1 July 2022.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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Supreme Court delivers judgment on whether iPhone users entitled to compensation

Posted on 12th November 2021 in Intellectual Property

In a very clear judgment handed down on 10 November 2021, the Supreme Court has confirmed that, in order to claim compensation from an organisation which has breached its requirements as a data controller under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”), an individual must prove that the failure has caused material damage or distress to the individual concerned.

Posted by

Oliver Kent

Trainee Solicitor

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Trade mark infringement and risk of confusion

Posted on 24th September 2021 in Intellectual Property

Red Bull is in a trade mark dispute with Bullards, an English company named after the founding family that make handcrafted artisan gins and which claim to have used their name since 1837.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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Trade mark infringement and risk of confusion - Red Bull in trademark dispute with English gin firm Bullards

Posted on 24th September 2021 in Intellectual Property

Red Bull is in a trade mark dispute with Bullards, an English company named after the founding family that make handcrafted artisan gins and which claim to have used their name since 1837.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Trainee Solicitor

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American Express fined by the ICO for marketing emails sent without valid consent

Posted on 21st May 2021 in Intellectual Property

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fined American Express £90,000 for sending over 4 million unsolicited marketing emails between 1 June 2018 and 21 May 2019 to existing customers without consent.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Homeworking and the importance of cybersecurity

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Intellectual Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Having staff working remotely has presented significant challenges for many businesses, but one of the most difficult to address is the increased cybersecurity risk. As many companies did not have sufficient opportunity to prepare for the transition to homeworking, they may not have identified potential cybersecurity issues. Moreover, it is now much harder to monitor staff and ensure they are following safe practices.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Firm pays £45,000 in damages to a competitor for copyright infringement

Posted on 25th March 2021 in Intellectual Property

The case has raised eyebrows amongst lawyers used to ‘taking inspiration’ from other lawyers’ work.  After all, the efficient practice of law is made possible by using precedent documents adapted over and over to suit successive clients’ instructions. 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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EU makes draft GDPR adequacy decisions on personal data transfer to the UK

Posted on 11th March 2021 in Intellectual Property

The European Commission (EC) has published draft adequacy decisions for personal data transfers from the EU into the UK. This will begin the process of allowing data transfer between the EU and UK to continue.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Intellectual property disputes changes with Brexit

Posted on 04th February 2021 in Intellectual Property

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. The withdrawal agreement included a transition period to allow time to adjust to the differences in the legal regimes that would apply pre and post-Brexit. However, the UK's transition period with the European Union has now come to an end, and this means change to the intellectual property regime.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Protecting digital assets and personal information

Posted on 18th December 2020 in Intellectual Property, Later Life Planning

The value of our online lives is becoming immeasurable, yet not many people are recording or protecting their digital assets just like their physical ones.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor