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Will the GDPR Require New Consent From Existing Customers?

Posted on 13th October 2017 in Intellectual Property

We are often asked if businesses need to ask their existing contacts to opt-in to receive marketing communications again once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018. This an important decision, the consequences for getting it wrong can include reputational damage and significant fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Can my registered company name prevent a competitor from using it?

Posted on 16th August 2017 in Intellectual Property

There are some common myths around the ability of a limited company to prevent competitors using its name. Often we are approached by frustrated businesses who have discovered someone else has been using their name but have no registered trade mark. They ask what protection their registered company name offers. Sadly the answer is almost nothing.

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Unregistered Design Rights – 3 Reasons Why They Should Not Be Overlooked

Posted on 31st July 2017 in Intellectual Property

Unregistered design rights (referred to as just ‘design rights’) are a valuable asset which tends to be forgotten. These are just 3 reasons why they should not be overlooked:

Posted by

Dan Griffin

Associate and Solicitor

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Why your website terms and conditions matter

Posted on 08th June 2017 in Intellectual Property

Your website is your shop front but many don’t do enough to show customers they are just a trustworthy as bricks and mortar.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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#Trademark?

Posted on 06th August 2015 in Intellectual Property

The great benefit of social media as a marketing tool is its immediate and powerful market reach. The use of hashtags (words and phrases preceded by the ‘#’ symbol to identify and search for trending topics) has become a popular method of consumer engagement.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Why have a website privacy policy?

Posted on 09th June 2015 in Intellectual Property

Website privacy policies are often ignored or copied from a competitor.  This approach fails to recognise the value that a privacy policy can have to a business as well as the huge risk of failing to comply with data protection legislation.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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The problem of confusingly similar trade marks

Posted on 13th May 2015 in Intellectual Property

Once a trade mark is registered, others will be prevented from registering a confusingly similar mark for the same or similar services.  This poses a problem for a business with a similar name who also wish to register it. 

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What if you don’t register a trade mark?

Posted on 23rd April 2015 in Intellectual Property

We often refer on this blog to the need to register a trade mark because of how difficult it is to stop a competitor using your name without one.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Six good reasons to register a trade mark

Posted on 18th February 2014 in Intellectual Property

Residential and holiday parks build up significant goodwill in their names and logos and generating business depends more and more on a strong online presence – which requires a strong brand.  Why would anyone give others a free ride on their hard-earned reputation?

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor