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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

Dan Griffin

Associate 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

Dan Griffin

Associate 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

Dan Griffin

Associate 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

Dan Griffin

Associate 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

Dan Griffin

Associate 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

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Data protection: are emails to customers about coronavirus a marketing communication?

Posted on 08th April 2020 in Intellectual Property, Coronavirus Pandemic

Businesses justifiably want to let people know that they are still open. However, an email to their entire database should be viewed with caution because it risks breaking the law on email marketing.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Data protection: European Data Protection Board issues statement that may inform the ICO’s approach during the coronavirus pandemic

Posted on 31st March 2020 in Intellectual Property, Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

On 20 March the EDPB made a statement on processing of personal data in the context of coronavirus. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is the European body tasked with providing guidance aimed at ensuring consistent application of data protection regulations throughout member states.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Coronavirus, remote working and the implications for data protection

Posted on 26th March 2020 in Intellectual Property, Employment, Coronavirus Pandemic

Implementing remote or home working makes complying with data protection requirements more difficult as increased volumes of personal data are stored electronically and transmitted online. Here are 5 points worth considering to help maintain compliance.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Joint ownership of copyright

Posted on 16th March 2020 in Intellectual Property

Joint ownership (also called co-ownership) of copyright may arise by operation of law in a variety of situations such as joint ventures, software development, artistic collaborations and shared research.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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GDPR after Brexit

Posted on 27th February 2020 in Intellectual Property

Post Brexit and during the transition period of the withdrawal agreement the GDPR will continue to apply in the UK.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Essential guidance for negotiating software as a service (SaaS) contracts

Posted on 21st February 2020 in Intellectual Property

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 software when entering into a SaaS agreement.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor