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ALERT! Brand Owners at Risk of Losing UK Trade Mark and Design Rights

Posted on 02nd February 2023 in Intellectual Property

The IPO has confirmed that it will no longer serve documents relating to intellectual property disputes to non-UK addresses.

Posted by

Jessica Whittick

Solicitor

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HSBC penalised over greenwashing

Posted on 27th October 2022 in Intellectual Property, Company & Commercial

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned two of HSBC’s adverts on the grounds of misleading advertising and environmental claims.

Posted by

James Orpin

Partner and Solicitor

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10 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

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

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

Solicitor

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Judgment on whether iPhone users entitled to compensation

Posted on 12th November 2021 in Intellectual Property

Mr Lloyd alleged that, over a period from 2011 to 2012, Google had secretly tracked the internet activity of all iPhone users at the time for commercial purposes.

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Does data protection law apply to personal CCTV and video doorbells?

Posted on 22nd October 2021 in Parks, Intellectual Property

A recent court case is a useful reminder that personal use of CCTV and video doorbells sometimes falls foul of data protection law.

Posted by

Paul Kelly

Partner and 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

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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Guide to homeworking 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.

Posted by

Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What is 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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Personal data transfers between UK and EU

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