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
Relief for IP lawyers at this year’s State Opening of Parliament

Relief for IP lawyers at this year’s State Opening of Parliament

This year’s State Opening of Parliament has provided IP lawyers with some relief. Amidst prison reforms and other new legislative measures, Intellectual Property was on the agenda as the Queen introduced the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill on 18th May 2016. Following a review of the controversial law on groundless threats of legal action in...Read More »

By Sapna Devi | May 25, 2016
Formula One Trade Mark Dispute underlines need for Careful IP Licensing

Formula One Trade Mark Dispute underlines need for Careful IP Licensing

The High Court recently published its judgment in a case involving the Marussia Formula One team. The case related to a claim for trade mark infringement and underlined the importance of businesses ensuring they properly manage their IP rights.   The court heard how the claimant had licensed its trade mark to the defendant Formula...Read More »

By Aasim Durrani | April 21, 2016
High Court rules Cadbury’s purple trade mark is not a series mark

High Court rules Cadbury’s purple trade mark is not a series mark

The judgment in the case of Cadbury UK Ltd v The Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks [2016] EWHC 796 (Ch), 18 April 2016 has been published, in which Cadbury’s appeal against a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office was dismissed by the High Court. The decision marks the latest in a...Read More »

By Aasim Durrani | April 20, 2016
Valuable IP Workshop for Creative Agencies Taking Place

Valuable IP Workshop for Creative Agencies Taking Place

How many people in the branding industry truly understand intellectual property (IP) law? Not enough, according to Shireen Smith, the founder of one of London’s leading IP specialist law firms Azrights. In light of this, Azrights are holding a workshop specially catered to creative agencies.  The workshop, which is the first of its kind from the...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | March 23, 2016
Branding – Why IP Is Intrinsic To The Work

Branding – Why IP Is Intrinsic To The Work

Branding involves creating Intellectual Property (IP). Intangible assets produced during branding should be well chosen to ensure elements like names and logos are available to use and do not infringe on somebody else’s rights. A solid understanding of IP law can help ensure that the choices are also capable of creating potentially valuable intellectual property that is...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 3, 2016
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