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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

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Cloud computing and GDPR requirements – transferring data outside the EEA

Posted on 18th February 2020 in Intellectual Property

Using cloud computing for services such as HR, backup and customer relationship management (CRM) is becoming increasingly common but before selecting a provider it is vital to ensure the service complies with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR). Probably the most significant barrier to compliance and one which should be a deal breaker for anyone purchasing cloud computing if not resolved arises when data is stored outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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How to challenge a registered trade mark

Posted on 27th January 2020 in Intellectual Property

Trade mark registrations are not immune to challenge. Missing the opportunity to oppose an application for a trade mark before it is registered does not mean it is too late to take action because even after registration it can still be possible to cancel or have a registered trade mark declared invalid.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Amazon Brand Registry – How We Can Help with Your Application

Posted on 31st October 2018 in Intellectual Property

Amazon Brand Registry was established to provide additional powers to prevent your competitors selling products using a similar name on Amazon. It provides enhanced search facilities to allow you to discover potential infringers and will proactively warn against suspected infringing listings.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Using Images Online Without Permission

Posted on 04th July 2018 in Intellectual Property

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. As long as you can prove the image belongs to you, nobody has the right to use it without your expressed permission.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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What are Your Legal Rights if Somebody has Stolen your Idea or Product?

Posted on 28th February 2018 in Intellectual Property

The definition of intellectual property is: ‘any type of intangible property that is a result of creativity’. This covers designs, logos, and artistic or literary, works as well as inventions. If you suspect another person or business of infringing on your intellectual property, you could take legal action.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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How to oppose a trade mark application

Posted on 08th January 2018 in Intellectual Property

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 heard of the competitor.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor