How To Fight Your Domain Name Disputes. And Win!!

How To Fight Your Domain Name Disputes. And Win!!

Facebook and Instagram successfully recovered more than 100 domain names recently from a business that was selling Facebook and Instagram ‘likes’ and ‘followers’. Social Marketing Madness had registered domain names that included the words Facebook or Instagram along with generic terms like ‘buy cheap likes’. Facebook brought the complaint before the World Intellectual Property Office's Arbitration and Mediation Center. WIPO determined that...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 15, 2017
What is a trademark and how to register yours correctly

What is a trademark and how to register yours correctly

  What are trademarks? Trade marks identify your products and services so that customers may find the products and services they like and avoid those they didn’t enjoy. If consumers have had a good experience with a business, or have heard that a particular business provides effective service, they may want to buy from that business. They should be able to reliably do so,...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 25, 2017
Azrights IP One – Intellectual Property Made Easy

Azrights IP One – Intellectual Property Made Easy

  There is no one size fits all when it comes to the actions you need to take to secure your IP. Protecting IP might involve doing some due diligence searches, registering rights, using appropriate documentation, and more. Your IP protection strategy will depend on your business plans, and overall objectives. For example, a business with a...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 11, 2017
What JK Rowling Needed To Know About Intellectual Property law

What JK Rowling Needed To Know About Intellectual Property law

JK Rowling is now a successful writer with one of the most valuable brands. It's taken her just 21 years to get there. Initially, when she sent her first manuscript to publishers, she was turned down by more than 12 of them before Bloomsbury, a publishing house in London, accepted her book. Authors starting out will rarely have an agent...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 19, 2016
What is Intellectual Property and Why Does it Matter to You?

What is Intellectual Property and Why Does it Matter to You?

Every business will have intellectual property to protect, although the actions to take will be very different depending on the business and the intellectual property involved. Say you’ve invented some innovative way to solve a problem that no one else has managed to solve. In the case of Anywayup cup it was a baby cup with...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | December 13, 2016
How You Can Increase the Value of Your Business Without Increasing Turnover!

How You Can Increase the Value of Your Business Without Increasing Turnover!

Whatever stage your business is at - and particularly if you are at a growth stage or thinking about exit - you will be looking to add value to your business and to promote its success. Contrary to popular belief, the traditional method of valuing a business used by accountants, namely earnings before interest, taxes,...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 30, 2016
The Pitch Process – How Much Should You Reveal?

The Pitch Process – How Much Should You Reveal?

It can be difficult to know how much to reveal about your business during the pitch process. If you're pitching in a public forum, should you risk giving your original ideas away? Is the exposure and possible investment funding worth the risks? During the pitch process you are necessarily disclosing information about your business plans in order...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | September 23, 2016
Intellectual Property In The Digital Economy

Intellectual Property In The Digital Economy

As an IP lawyer, I am well aware of how little intellectual property is understood in entrepreneurship circles. Even MBA courses barely address the topic. Yet the digital economy has many implications on the relevance of Intellectual Property (IP) for business. I did some quick research a while back and found that out of twenty...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | July 4, 2016
IP Workshops – Essential IP Law For Creatives

IP Workshops – Essential IP Law For Creatives

I have been hosting focused intellectual property workshops for creative agencies for a few months now. Attendees are incredibly engaged, and invariably find aspects of the workshop a real eye opener. Intellectual property is intrinsically bound up with the work creative agencies do. Therefore, a good knowledge of Intellectual property law helps in running a...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | June 29, 2016
IPEC dismisses Playboy domain name claim

IPEC dismisses Playboy domain name claim

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has published its judgment in Ross v Playboy Enterprises International, Inc [2016] EWHC 1379 (IPEC). The court dismissed the claimant’s claim for declarations of non-infringement, groundless threats and entitlement to retain a domain name. The claim arose out of the claimant’s ownership of the playboy.london domain name. The defendant, as...Read More »

By Aasim Durrani | June 24, 2016
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